Richard “Dick” Dart, 91, was born Dec. 20, 1919, in Pratt, where he was raised. He passed on at his Carlsbad, N.M., home on May 21, 2011. Richard Clendenin Dart and Ollie Mae Borden were his parents.


Richard “Dick” Dart, 91, was born Dec. 20, 1919, in Pratt, where he was raised. He passed on at his Carlsbad, N.M., home on May 21, 2011. Richard Clendenin Dart and Ollie Mae Borden were his parents.

His paternal grandfather, also Richard Dart, served in the US 3rd Calvary and was stationed in a number of frontier forts in the 1870s, the last being Fort Davis, Texas. He subsequently left the Army in 1876 to become a medical doctor, practicing in Leavenworth, after receiving a degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. 

The Borden relatives homesteaded near Grady, N.M., in 1907, where they were cattle ranchers. 

Richard attended the University of Kansas and in 1942 enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, becoming a pilot during World War II. An avid outdoorsman, he managed a gold mine in Utah and mined tungsten in northern Idaho. 

He graduated from the General Motors Institute, worked as an insurance specialist and later became a claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance in Twin Falls, Idaho, and elsewhere.  

In the last 36 years of his career, he was an intelligence officer and investigator for the Nevada Gaming Control Commission, investigating candidates for gaming licenses, a story that was recounted in the Sept. 15, 2009, Current-Argus.  

Dart was known for his black and white definition of right and wrong. John Wayne was not only a fraternity brother, but a man he emulated. His John Wayne portrait was one of his prized possessions.   

He was an accomplished and avid fisherman and hunter, desert explorer and seeker of lost mines and treasures.  

Richard and his wife of 60-plus years, Jean Vause Dart, moved to Carlsbad from Las Vegas in 2006. She passed on in 2009. 

He is survived by his wife Debora Bisset Dart; a son, Richard Wallace Dart and his wife LaDonna of Las Vegas, Nev.; a niece, Patricia Pickard of Hutchinson and nephew, Mike Kennedy of Denver. 

His remains will be cremated and scattered on his beloved Mohave Desert. A memorial service will be held Thursday. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.