Lasting Memories

Richard "Dick" Jaqua
Sept. 5, 1930-Sept. 24, 2019
La Honda, California

A Richard Jaqua (Dick) September 5th 1930 – September 24th 2019 Born in Ohio, grew up in Ft. Thomas Kentucky, attended High School in 3 states; Kentucky, Indiana and Texas. Pole Vaulted on the track team and held records in all 3 states. Entered Stanford as a Sophomore and majored in Engineering. Graduated in 1953, worked as an Engineer for a few years. JAQUA always loved music and played the guitar and sang. While at Stanford he performed at many local events, at one of these events he met Ami, his future wife. JAQUA went back to Stanford in the 1960’s to study Drama. During the 60’s and 70’s he performed in many musicals with the Palo Alto Community Players Stanford Drama Dept and at the Paglacci Players on El Camino. JAQUA opened a guitar studio on Emerson in Palo Alto during the 60’s and 70’s where many Bay Area Folks learned to play guitar. Jaqua had many hobbies, Flying his airplane, reading Shakespeare, growing oak trees and playing tennis. Later he started designing and building. His benches are seen all over the Bay Area at Bus Stops. JAQUA of CALIFORNIA – Benches were manufactured for VTA and other counties for 40 years. Retiring at the age of 85. Dick Jaqua died peacefully at his home that he built on Skyline, with family around him. He is survived by his wife Ami, a sister Denise Whitman, four of his 5 children; Aaron, Paul, Daniel and Rebeka. 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. A memorial will be held on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. at the family home on Skyline.