2015-07-02 / Obituaries

Richard M. Lang II

Richard M. Lang II, was born on July 20, 1944 in North Carolina and lived a Christian life in Mariposa with his brother, Bob, and his parents since he was six years old. He passed away on June 25, 2015.

Richard went through the Mariposa school system, and always said what an excellent education he got there. Richard was still friends with his school chums to his final day.

Richard leaves his wife, Sallee, and the pride of his life, his daughter, Brandi, and her four amazing children, Vanessa, Justin, Emma and Ethan, who all reside in Idaho. His offspring are very smart, just like Richard, who was blessed with a brilliant mind. His passions were playing golf with his brother in the men’s club at River Creek, politics, movies and books. He had a wide range of interests.

Richard spend his career with the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, where he started as an avalanche operator. He once taught a week-long course to ten Navy Seals. He finished wildland firefighting as an incident commander in air attack. He had a score of accomplishments and was a true hero. He retired early due to work-related injuries that plagued him until he died from a stroke at his home on Thursday, June 25 around 1 p.m., and was discovered by his wife Sallee.

Richard will be interred at the Lang plot in Cumberland, Va. He will be glad to be back in the South, where his roots are. The world lost a wonderful man.

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Richard was my very first

Richard was my very first supervisor when I joined the Forest Service in 1974. Richard was like a second father to me and taught be so much about wildland firefighting. Together we spent fire season 1974 on the Little Tujunga Hot Shots and then again in 1975 on the Bear Divide Hot Shots. Richard developed my basic core structure in which I had a successful 32 years with the Forest Service retiring from the same Little Tujunga Ranger Station where we met. He will be missed. Peace be with you Richard.

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