Donald P. Dick, 81, died July 27 at his home in Fresno, California. He was born to the late Donald J. and Elsie Dick in Fresno on July 10, 1933. Dick graduated from Fresno High School in 1951. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Denver; Fairbanks, Alaska; Riverside, California; and Topeka, Kansas. While in Denver, he married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Jean Rose, on May 3, 1952. Dick returned to Fresno after his service and went back to work in his father’s plumbing and heating business. Tasked with developing the air conditioning side of the business, Dick created Mr. Cool on April 1, 1964. Building on what he had learned, Dick started Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning on Sept. 1, 1970. In 1994, he bought a second home in Santa Cruz, California, and started enjoying his retirement. Dick loved travel, visiting with friends, and watching his company grow. He was very proud of all those who were part of the Mr. Cool family, as well as his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; brother Norman J. Dick; and son David P. Dick. He is survived by his sisters Elsie Lamborn and Marion Griffin, both of Fresno; children James B. Dick, Patricia (Dick) Enmark, Deborah (Dick) Scott, and Jeffrey D. Dick; grandchildren David Dick, Daniel Klatt, Nicholas Scott, Timothy Dick, Daniel Dick, Derek Scott, Nathaniel Scott, Caitlyn Dick, Samuel Enmark, and Sarah Dick; and great-grandchildren Ryan Scott, Madison Dick, Sydney Dick, Kelsey Scott, Benjamin Scott, and Sullivan Scott. A celebration of Dick’s life was held in Fresno on Aug. 11.
Publication date: 8/25/2014