Vandemark Richard


Richard "Dick" Vandemark

66, passed away July 19, 2013 of complications from bulbar ALS. Dick served in the Vietnam War as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and co-founded the Mindful Veterans Project, a non-profit that teaches mindfulness-based stress reduction to veterans suffering from PTSD. Before that he worked with Project PPEP to establish rural health clinics, directed Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona, a peer support group for parents of special-needs children, and with his friend Jay, managed Blue J's Bistro on University Boulevard and Worldwide Small Change Foundation, a private non-profit which supports programs to feed poor women and children. Dick was an accomplished martial artist in Wing Chung Gung Fu and was proud to be known as "The Quakers' Marine" for his vigil at weekly protests of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He is survived by his wife, Tina Lee; son, Aaron Vandemark; brother, George Vandemark; sisters, Valerie Meyerhoff and Lisa Vandemark; nieces, nephews and friends near and far. Preceded in death by sisters, Catherine Vandermark and Helen "Sooky" Kozik, both of whom also died of ALS. Donations in Dick's memory can be made to the Mindful Veterans Project at A Memorial is being planned for late fall. "Every moment is a place you've never been before."