Richard Alan "Dick" Amyx, 78, late of San Jose. Richard passed away on January 15, 2021, at San Jose's Regional Medical Center, of COPD and related conditions.
A proud third-generation native Californian, Dick was born in Salinas, California, to B.V. ("Bob") and Marjorie Amyx. Dick graduated from Del Mar High School in San Jose and San Jose State University, with a major in creative writing, and later pursued graduate studies in literature and creative writing at San Jose State University and San Francisco State University. He also completed coursework toward a degree in electrical engineering.
His professional career included fourteen years as a civil engineering technician for the City of San Jose and twenty-five years as a technical writer, consultant, and manager for various Silicon Valley firms.
Dick was a contributing member of South Bay Writers, receiving several service awards from the organization, and an active member of a writers' critique group. He was also a Life Member of American Mensa and served on the board of directors in various capacities, including national chairman (1993-1995), as well as holding office in the local San Francisco chapter, over a period of more than fifty years.
Service organizations that he supported included Special Olympics, local community food banks, breast cancer research, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Dick was predeceased by his parents and his younger brother Don R. Amyx. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Meredith (Mullen) Amyx, and two sons, Damon and Ethan, all of San Jose, as well as nieces and nephews. He was also the father of Katja Amyx, of Minneapolis, and grandfather of two.
A virtual memorial gathering for friends and family will be announced at a later date.
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