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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
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Rest in peace: Deacon Richard Malone

by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the February 18, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Deacon Richard Malone (IR file photo by Eric Meisfjord)

Deacon Richard “Dick” Malone, ordained for the Spokane Diocese on June 3, 1978, died Jan. 23. He was 86 years old.

The vigil service was Jan. 29 at St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day. Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery, Spokane Valley.

Dick was born on July 27, 1929 in Fillmore, Calif. He spent most of his childhood years in the Wenatchee area before moving to Seattle and attending Garfield High School, where he met his future bride, Joan Norinne Mary Browne.

After graduation from high school in 1947, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served proudly until his discharge in May 1950. Two weeks later, he and Joanie were married.

He worked at Boeing while starting his new family and attending the University of Washington, where he graduated in 1955. He became a Certified Public Accountant and was employed by Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. in Seattle. In 1958, he moved his family to Pomeroy, Washington, where he started his own accounting practice, and served that community until 1969. He then relocated to the Spokane Valley.

Dick served in various companies in accounting and finance positions, including a time in the finance office of the Spokane Diocese.

His faith was always important to him. He was a member of the first group of permanent deacons ordained for the Spokane Diocese, as well as a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus.

As a deacon, he served St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley, and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

After 25 years of service, he retired from active ministry, in April of 2003. Deacon Malone continued to help out occasionally in other parishes, including the communities in upper Stevens County. “He was always quick to respond to the needs of others,” said Deacon John Sicilia, Director of Deacons for the Spokane Diocese. “He will be missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.”

“Deacon Dick Malone’s death came as a surprise, but with all of us in our lives, we don’t know the day, nor the hour,” said Bishop William Skylstad, Bishop Emeritus of the Spokane Diocese. “Dick and his wife, Joan, were blessed with a deep faith. His generous spirit of service in the Church was manifested in his diaconal ministry – always supported by his wife. He also attended a monthly breakfast of deacons and wives at a local restaurant, even and especially in these later years of his retirement. He was deeply committed to his family as well.

“Personally, I am grateful for his ministry,” said the bishop. “May the Lord grant him eternal rest and peace.”

His hallmarks were hard work and his deep Catholic Faith. He loved golf, baseball, Christmas, and being Irish. He was immensely proud of his children and their spouses, and of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Deacon Malone was preceded in death by his wife, Joan, and two children, Mary Aletha and Joseph Corey. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Twedt of Mesa, Ariz., and his eight surviving children: Mike (Debbie), Dan (Retta), Laura, Kevin (Christine), Colin (Teri), Sean (Alicia), Brynne, and Eric (Julie); 22 grandchildren and their spouses; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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