Paul Richard “Dick” Joplin died December 13, 2006, following a battle with cancer. He was 85.
He was born April 4, 1921, the sixth of ten children of Ed and Lottie Joplin. He served with the Marine Raiders in World War II and saw action in several of the Pacific island campaigns. He worked for many years in the floor covering business before he was employed at the Hollywood Bowl in Hayward where he was promoted to general manager before retiring and moving to Hawaii. He moved back to the mainland in 1977. He was an avid bowler and golfer for many years.
He is survived by six children, Robert (Kathy, Patricia Whitman, Richard, Ronald, Michael and David, grandchildren Tina Choi, Daniel Joplin and Bridget Paquette, and four great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thurs., Jan. 11 at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East Ave., Livermore. He will be interred at the San Joaquin National Cemetery on January 22, 2007.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA or American Cancer Society.