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Richard Valles

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Crawford resident Richard Homer Valles died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at his son's home in Crawford. He was 87.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Valles was born in Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 22, 1928, to Fred and Rosa (Hickman) Valles. He spent his childhood and attended school in Arizona.

In December 1970 he married Dorothy Elaine Leonard in Fountain Valley, Calif.

Mr. Valles was a photographer at Columbia Studios in Los Angeles, then began a 30-year horse racing career. He was the racing secretary at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California for many years before his retirement in 1988.

He was a member of Paonia Friends Church and the photography club in Paonia. He enjoyed going to church, fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by two sons, Robert Fletcher and Scott Fletcher; a daughter, Elizabeth Valles; two brothers, Fred Valles and Robert Valles; a sister, Sandra Valles; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded by his wife of 42 years, Dorothy.

Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory handled the arrangements.

View the online obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com.

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