|Name} Hancock, Richard Bruce (Rich)
|| Family History} Hancock |
||Sex} Male |
|Birth: Date} Exa 23 Sep 1962
||Place} St. Francis Hospital, Lynwood, Los Angeles, California|
|Marr.: Date} Exa 26 Jun 1982
||Place} Bride's parents home, La Mesa, San Diego, California (Link) |
|Death: Date} Exa 23 Jul 1992
||Place} San Pedro La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala|
|Burial: Date} Exa 30 Jul 1992
||Place} Westminster Mem. Park, Westminster, Orange, Calif.|
| Haplogroup} R1b1b2a1a2d3* ||Grave Marker} Yes
|Parents: } Daniel W. Hancock (Dan) & Restricted information|
Relationship No.} 1
|1st Household No.} 9 = 140 W. Orangethorpe #15, Placentia, CA |
| Occupation 1} Importer/exporter |
Occupation 2} Payroll clerk
| Religion/Church} Methodist |
Total Number of} 1
|Notes: Richard spent his first year living with his parents in Placentia, California.
His next 10 years were spent in Anaheim with his parents and sister
Kathy. This was a time of numerous Disneyland visits, trips to
Huntington State Beach, and skiing
vacations to Utah. The photograph at the left shows Richard at age 10 in 1972
during an outing to the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
The photo at the right shows Richard at age 12 in December 1974.|
In 1975 the Hancock family moved to Schaumburg, Illinois. It was there that
Richard received a cute white Samoyed puppy which he named Chinook.
Richard was a free spirit! The following are some views and scenes
of the young Richard:
- cheerfully delivering the Chicago Tribune on his bicycle
in the below-zero, icy winds of an Illinois morning
- lovingly playing with his beautiful white dog and companion, Chinook
- a tanned boy running on the sand and in the surf at Huntington State Beach
- tossing frisbees at the park — and skateboarding everywhere
- happily dashing down the steep, snow-covered slopes and difficult moguls
of Alta and Snowbird, Utah — often on wooden, cross-country skis
with his sister Kathy.
In 1977 his family moved to Huntington Beach, California.
After leaving high school there, Richard for several
years worked with computers and as a payroll clerk. However, regular paychecks
and a conventional life did not satisfy his deep needs. He then began a long
and difficult search to find his mission and the place of his dreams and
opportunities: his own Shangri-la and heaven on earth.
Richard travelled extensively throughout North America. Countless trips from
California across to the Atlantic, and up and down from Alaska and Canada to the
jungles of Central America. The photo at the right shows Richard as he was
leaving Napa on a trip in February 1980. Over his last decade he
lived in San Diego and Santa Cruz, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Antonio, Texas;
San Christobal de Las Casas, Mexico; Costa Rica; Dutch Harbor, Alaska; and finally
near Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. He saw more of this continent than most
of us will ever see.
The photo at the left shows Richard when he visited the Olson residence at Mt.
Baldy on Christmas 1985.
Richard made friends everywhere he went. He loved mankind and desperately
searched for ways that he could improve the world and the lives of the people around
him. He worked to help the homeless. For years he worked with the Mayan
Indians. He read extensively and had very high ideals and aspirations.
Richard studied Christianity as well as the other religions of the world. For
years, his goal was to found and start a religious university. A pacifist and
vegetarian, he preached and taught the ways of peace and freedom. He yearned
for better times, without wars and dictators, away from the pressures of modern
business and bureaucracy.
Richard loved nature and plants. He enjoyed a simpler life, close to nature.
He believed strongly in ecology. He worked on farms in Canada and in the icy
waters of Alaska. He planted trees on his land in Guatemala the day before he
Richard himself perhaps best described his life's saga in his own words.
The following are brief excerpts from his writings:
"I was basically a typical intelligent middle-class American with an above
average desire to know the truth and fix all the world's problems. I spent
three quarters at the University of Utah — for the most part wasting time
on classes not answering my most burning questions."
"The highs and lows are difficult to endure — like an out-of-control roller
coaster . . . I pray to see the lessening of the extremes."
"I minister to Christ asking how I may best serve to purify the Earth and make
way for the chosen lord of the land I inhabit. I've been baptized in
Christ's spirit and given the opportunity to redeem myself through good service,
prayer, and self purification."
Before the Resurrection Catholic Community Church in November 1987, he spoke:
"I pray for peace on Earth, for all the heavens and hells to be reconciled in
peace. I offer the principle that peace begins at home."
"Love is the answer. True love in deed. Christ was sent, as a teacher by
example and spiritual presence, to demonstrate the way we should all try to live."
The following is an extract from Richard's "Knocking on Heaven's Door":
"Knock knock knocking on Heaven's door
knock knock knocking . . .
knock knock knocking . . .
the door slowly opens
Doorkeeper: What do you want?
To live in Heaven.
Doorkeeper: You're in Heaven.
This doesn't look like Heaven.
Doorkeeper: Let me explain something.
Doorkeeper: You're still in time. Looking into your future, I can see
you're in Heaven on Earth. You just haven't
realized it yet."
Richard lived life to the fullest and was a free spirit. On 23 Jul 1992 he
visited a bar in San Pedro La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala. When he leaned
on the second-story railing, it gave way and he fell head-first to the pavement
below. Rich never regained consciousness. At age 29 and 10 months
he joined his sister at Westminster Memorial Park and now
surely realizes that he is in Heaven.
|Time of Birth} 12:58 P.M.
||Time of Death} 12:30 A.M.
| Baptism Date} Cir 1965
||Place} Valencia Methodist, Placentia, Orange, California
||Photos} Rich in Jan 1987 |
|Immigr'n Date} N/A
|| Port} N/A |
|Education: Grade} High school diploma and some college classes |
|Military: Service} None |
Cause of Death} Accidental fall
by} Dan Hancock
|Date Updated} 18 Mar 2012 |
Date Created} 18 Jun 1994
Copyright © 2006, 2009, 2012 by Daniel W. Hancock. All Rights Reserved.|