Richard “Dick” Joseph Mannini, born May 17, 1933 in San Francisco, California passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Oakmont of Concord, in Concord, California. He was born and raised in SF by his Italian immigrant parents, Joseph and Dina Mannini. He joined the Marines out of high school serving in the Korean War and earning several medals of honor including a Purple Heart. Upon return, he attended Cal Poly, SLO where he played football. In 2010 he was inducted into their Hall of Fame.
He met the love of his life while at Cal Poly, Sandra White, and they were married in 1958. After graduating in 1959 Dick began his longtime coaching career that would lead him from Chowchilla High School, to Hancock College, to Santa Maria High School, to Rio Hondo Jr. College, then up to San Jose State, St. Mary’s College, Stanford and then SF State before retiring to move to Twain Harte. In 2008 he was inducted into the St. Mary’s Athletic Hall of Fame. “Coach” loved camping, fishing, spending time with family, and watching sports. He was a mentor to many young men on and off the field. He positively impacted the lives of many young men, many of which have stayed in touch with him throughout the years, even in his final days.
Dick is predeceased by his loving wife Sandra in 2016 and his brother Robert. Dick is survived by his 3 daughters Denise (Steve) Walker, Janice (Pat) Ertola, Lisa (Brad) Schultz and grandchildren Megan (Kirk) , Kevin (Brianna), Greg, Anthony, Kelsey, Nicholas, Kyle, Nicole and great-grandchildren, Nathan, Emily and Stella. Cremation will be held and inurnment will be in Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Lafayette, California. Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home entrusted with Cremation arrangements.
- Date of Death: 09/29/2021
- Age: 88
- Residence: Concord, CA (Former residence of Twain Harte, CA)
- Services: Saturday, December 18, 2021 at St. Mary’s College Soda Center at 12:00 pm with reception immediately following. See evite http://evite.me/CQW7YuXzaC