Thank you Dick Crest

04/18/10 - posted by Paul Judge

Hey any of you old Russian River 'River Rats' out there from the 1950s and 60s, here's word to you that the great Dick Crest has left us for the bandstage of the beyond. Touch up that big toe of yours with another splash of green nail polish to remember him by.

Read his obit from the S.F. Chronicle here:

Richard "Dick" Crest the well known Bay Area band leader, TV personality and music educator passed away on March 22nd in Reno NV at the age of 80 years. He was a native of San Mateo, CA. He attended College of San Mateo and graduated from San Jose State College. He taught music at James Lick High School in San Jose in the 50's and at the College of San Mateo in the 60's and 70's. During the 50's Dick was the host on a radio show on KSJO and two teen TV shows "Pepsi Party" on KNTV in San Jose followed by "Rock'n Rally" on KPIX in San Francisco. A popular band leader for over 40 years he performed for ten summers at Rio Nido on the Russian River. In 1984, Dick directed his orchestra for the Democratic National Convention at Moscone Center. He continued in the music business with his wife Robin operating Crest Productions. Richard touched many of us as a teacher, musician and in later years his ministry to God. He is survived by his son Scott Cresta , daughter Lorita Yoder, six grand children, one great-grand child and his wife Robin Crest. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, May 3, 2010 at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA

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