Culver City Resident and Santa Monica Lifeguard Dies at 75
Retired Lieutenant Richard “Dick” Heineman passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 15 in Culver City at the age of 75.
A dedicated husband and consummate family man who never missed a gymnastics meet, baseball, football or soccer game, he leaves behind his cherished wife of 45 years, Kay, beloved children Joanne, Dennis and Rick, seven remarkable grandchildren and his extended family.
A native California, Heineman was born on March 5, 1937 and raised in Beverly Hills and a resident of Culver City for 42 years, Dick honorably spent 35 years saving lives as a Los Angeles County Lifeguard patrolling the beaches of Santa Monica, proudly repeating his motto, “there are those that have my job, and there are those that want my job.”
He was a United States Air Force Reservist, President of the Culver City Amateur Radio Emergency Service, longtime CPR instructor, sailor of anything that floats, woodworker, garage tinkerer and founder and sole proprietor of Jasmine Boatworks and its subsidiary Jasmine Furniture.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Kay, children Joanne, Dennis and Rick, seven grandchildren.
In accordance with his wishes, his ashes will be returned to the Southern California ocean, his life’s work, during services currently being planned.