Richard Dwight Morean Obituary
February 5, 1963 - November 11, 2023
Richard Dwight Morean, age 60, passed away unexpectedly from heart complications at his home on November 11, 2023. Rich was an exceptional and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to so many people that he cared about deeply. Rich will be remembered for the love of his family, his faith, his lively personality, his great sense of humor, and his unique ability to form personal connections with so many.
Rich was born in Montclair, New Jersey on February 5, 1963 to Dudley Rhodes Jr. and Jeanne Pouch Morean as the youngest of seven children. He adored his parents and his older siblings Donna, Dudley, Wendy, Gary, Beth, and Robert. He spent most of his childhood in New Jersey and Oregon before making the decision to move to Colorado to live with his father and attend Cherry Creek High School.
Rich met the love of his life, Barbara Bernie, at Cherry Creek High School and the two began to date sophomore year. Rich was a standout student as well as a talented athlete, and the two decided to attend Colorado State University, where Rich would play football for the Rams. Shortly after graduation, Rich and Barb were married on August 24, 1985 in Denver, Colorado, and moved to Phoenix, Arizona where Rich began his Master’s Degree program at Thunderbird School of Global Management. The early years of their marriage and careers took them all around the country with stops in Arizona, Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago. Rich enjoyed a successful and fulfilling career in commercial real estate, and would often say that he couldn’t imagine retiring because he loved what he did and all the great people he worked with over the years.
Rich and Barb couldn’t wait to start a family together, and they welcomed their first child, Christopher Charles, on August 13, 1990 in Chicago, Illinois. From there, the family moved to Plano, Texas, where they joyfully welcomed their second child, Ashley Lynn, on February 11, 1993. Once more, the family moved to Seattle, Washington, where they welcomed their third and final child, Michael Andrew, on October 22, 1996. In August of 1998, Rich and Barb made the decision to move the family back to their beloved Colorado for good. The Moreans put down their roots in Greenwood Village where all three children followed in their parents’ footsteps and attended Cherry Creek High School. On October 4, 2022, Christopher and his wife, Courtney, welcomed their first son, Grayson Rhodes, to the family, making Rich an incredibly proud and amazing grandfather for the final year of his life.
Rich lived an abundant life full of joy, packing more into his 60 years on earth than most do in 100. Those who knew him well will remember his passions for golf, bike rides, hiking, vacations to Hawaii, and quality time with family and friends over a meal, a game, or by the fire pit with a cocktail and cigar. Being outside and being with those he loved brought him immense joy, energy, and fulfillment.
Rich was preceded in death by his father, Dudley Rhodes Morean Jr., his mother, Jeanne Usher, and his brother, Dudley Rhodes Morean III, and is survived by his wife, Barbara, his children, Christopher (Courtney), Ashley, and Michael, his grandson, Grayson Rhodes, his siblings, Donna, Wendy, Gary, Beth, and Robert, and his beloved dogs Mia and Fum.
In lieu of flowers, we would kindly ask that you consider a donation to The American Heart Association in Richard’s memory.
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