Rick E. LaFountain was born a native Floridian to Thurston and Marge LaFountain on February 25, 1950, in Fort Myers. Rick lived in several cities before the family settled in Jacksonville in 1957. Except for the four years at Florida State University, he lived the rest of his life in Jacksonville.
He had a successful career in sales in the food service industry.
On March 21, 1981, he married the love of his life, Barbara. They were married for 36 years when Barbara passed away unexpectedly during Hurricane Irma. He has happily joined her again in heaven, along with his parents and his dear friend, Johnny Darden, and others.
He is survived by his sister, Pat LaFountain, of Demorest, Georgia. He was so grateful that she helped him through the amputation in 2019. She made so much possible.
Rick was so appreciative of friends that surrounded him and gave him comfort after Barbara passed away. The Williamson family, Ben, Liza, and Elizabeth - these folks gave Rick much comfort for the last several years. He could not forget his companion, Rusty, his chocolate lab.
His place of peace was always the dairy farm, Spruce Lawn Farm in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Whether he was six years old or seventy years old he was always like a kid when the opportunity arose to visit the farm founded by his great grandfather, George, in 1884. He didn’t see them often, but always talked about the cousins from there.
There are many friends from high school, FSU, KA Fraternity brothers, and old work friends that made aging worthwhile. To them I say, “Until We Meet Again.”
A Memorial Service will be held Monday, February 6, 2023, 11 am, at Ponte Vedra Valley with Father William Kelly officiating. A graveside committal will immediately follow the service, also at Ponte Vedra Valley.
Services will be livestreamed directly below this obituary beginning approximately ten minutes before the start of the service.