OBITUARY

Dr. Richard Allen Mayse

March 13, 1954September 10, 2019
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Richard Allen Mayse passed away at his home in Westlake, Texas on Tuesday September 10th, 2019.

Diagnosed with a glioblastoma in June, he faced a formidable cancer with grace and quiet strength beyond measure. To those who knew him, this has been his character throughout his life.

The family would like to thank the staff at Heart to Heart Hospice for their devotion to patient care. UTSW Neuro Oncology, specifically Dr. Edward Pan, Dr. Dan Tu, UTSW Neurosurgery Dr. Bruce Mickey, and UTSW Neurology Dr. Benjamin Greenberg for their outstanding compassion and care.

Strong, quick with his dry wit and humor, he loved his family and grandsons. His devotion to his patients was just a part of his character-a calming presence that was an advocate for those in need. He understood the smallest gesture made the biggest impact.

Born in Marietta, Georgia he grew up in Freeport, Texas where he attended Brazosport High excelling in both academics and sports. He graduated from high school with college credits, which during the early 70’s was not common. But Dick wasn’t a common person. He was selected to attend a weeklong session in Austin for high school students where he “ran” for Senate, but won the office of “Attorney”. His senior year at Brazosport he was one of 350 students selected nationwide to participate in a program based on a memo by President John F. Kennedy, and implemented in the late 60’s, The Presidential Classroom For Young Americans in Washington, D.C. The program gave high school students the opportunity to meet with those in government to understand civics and the importance of democracy.

In high school he excelled in track, baseball, football, and was All District playing defensive lineman often in the position as nose guard.

He attended Texas A & M University (Whoop!), serving in the Corps of Cadets Squadron 12, Air Force, and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Zoology.

Dick attended medical school at University Of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston where he was a member of the Mu Delta Honor Society. He completed his internal medicine residency at St Paul Hospital, Dallas. Moving to northern California he completed his Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at the VA Medical Center, Martinez, California. He loved California and settled in Chico, just north of the San Francisco area where he opened a private practice in Pulmonary/Critical Care and the areas first Sleep Disorder Clinic modeled from the Stanford University program. While in Chico, he served as Chairman, Department of Medicine, Infection Control, and Respiratory Medicine for both Enloe Hospital and Chico Community Hospital which included managing their Burn Unit patients.

Returning to Texas in the early 90’s he founded Pulmonary and Allergy Associates (later to become Texas Regional Asthma and Allergy Center a.k.a. TRAAC) in the Grapevine/Southlake/Keller area. He served as former Medical Director of Respiratory Services, former Medical Director Critical Care Services Baylor Medical Center Grapevine. He briefly served as an attending working with residents at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

To say he understood the value of hard work and economy was an understatement. During his time at Texas A & M he excelled in economics, and was invited by a professor to pursue that as his major. He chose to stay with medicine. He often shared stories of summer jobs, which include a hospital orderly, helping his dad at his veterinary clinic, and working the Mag (magnesium) cells at Dow Chemical near Freeport.

Dick loved spending time with family, especially his 4 sons and 3 grandsons. They are proof that his dry wit and humor are genetic.

You could find them out fishing, riding 4 wheelers, driving his beloved John Deere Tractor, tending to his bees and grapevines, watching movies, football, or their- favorite endless yard work. Our sons were lovingly referred to as “the farm hands” helping him with his projects. There wasn’t a hole that couldn’t be dug and filled with something that would thrive under his care. He took pride in his gardens, often implementing ideas from travels to other countries. He had more than a green thumb, rescuing plants from the “almost dead, but not quite yet” rack at Lowes or Home Depot. He was well known by the staff at several local garden centers, which would often set things aside for his weekend trips to adopt a plant from doom.

We all shared a love for music. In college, Dick learned to play guitar and one summer worked as a bouncer in a disco club. He enjoyed discovering new types of music; obscure bands (Steve N’ Seagulls) and our sons were often sharing new groups with him, attending local concert venues together. He was very athletic jogging and playing tennis until his knee reminded him who’s the boss. Biking, golfing, and hiking up until his diagnosis he was always outside regardless of the weather. There was very little that could slow him down from enjoying life.

The last few years he enjoyed traveling to all the places you wish you could visit. Always up for an adventure and a beer or single malt whiskey, he loved learning about other people, their cultures and that ultimately we all share the same concerns. The only thing that really divides us is a border. Dick is survived by his wife of 35 years Helen, sons Chris (Kelsy) of Argyle, TX, Jeff (Inês) Providence, RI, Jon (Hanna) London, UK, and Richard Keller, TX. Brother Terry Pleasanton, Cal., sisters Cathy Breen (Patrick) Georgetown, TX., and Carol Stanford (Greg) Brazoria, TX. 3 grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents Bill and Billie Mayse precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday September 16 at the Bowden 1775 Keller Pkwy, Keller, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Global Coalition For Adaptive Research by following the link below.

If you wish to send floral condolences in honor of Richard, you may call Lillium Florals 817-589-1566.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, September 16, 2019

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Amy Cope

September 17, 2019

I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the Mayse family! I first started seeing Dr. Mayse in 2008, and then in the last five years or so two of my three boys also started seeing him. He was one of the very best doctors I have ever seen. He will never be able to be replaced! He was so kind and patient and would always make me laugh. I am an Aggie, and the fact that he was an Aggie made me like him even more. During the first few years that I saw him is when I had my second and third sons, and he joked with me that he couldn’t help me get better with shots until I stopped having babies every other year! We always talked about how crazy and wonderful it was to have a house full of boys since many times when one of us had an appointment I had to bring the whole crew. Even though I never met any of his family, I could tell how much he loved them. Dr. Mayse will be greatly missed, and I will be praying for your family in the weeks and months to come. I am so glad that my boys and I were blessed to have him for our doctor all these years! ~ Amy, Matthew, and Josh Cope

KAREN RANDOLPH

September 17, 2019

Dr. Mayse was my first official pulmonary doctor when he returned to Grapevine, Texas from CA . Baylor Grapevine at the time didn't have a pulmonary doctor. I will never forget him coming into my hospital room and after talking he said you are my 3rd patient upon his return . He was my doctor for about 10 years until he brought Dr. Cash on staff with him. Dr. Mayse was always straight forward with me and concerned about all of his clients.
I was shocked to learn of Dr. Mayse passing when in Dr Cash's office today for a visit. Please know my thoughts and Prayers are with the Mayse family during this difficult time. Helen, please let God comfort you during this difficult time.
Prayers for all, Karen Whitaker Randolph

Sandie Toth

September 16, 2019

I am so sorry for yout loss .I am keeping your family in prayer for peace and comfort durung this very sad time.
I was a patient of Dr Mayse since 1994.
He was such a kind and gentle Man.
He would always listened to you when you were going through life struggles or were sick.He would have an encouraging word for you and you always felt like he cared .
He always took such good care of his patients
I will miss him dearly as my Doctor
Sandra Toth

CHARLES HEFNER

September 16, 2019

Doctor Mayse became my customer, pulmonary products in Grapevine in 1999. He was one of the most respectable and well liked persons I have ever dealt with. My thoughts and prayers go to his family both those at home and at his office for this sad and very sudden death. I will always have good thoughts and remembrances of you sir and you will be greatly missed.
Charles Hefner, Premier Medical Products, Conroe, Texas

Angela Arnold

September 16, 2019

Hello,

Dr. Mayse has been my doctor for about 16 years. I am alive and well today because of this great man and doctor. He was an Angel then and now he has his wings. I was blessed to have found him when I needed him and blessed to have known him. R.I.P. Dr. Mayse. You will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Eternally Grateful,

Angela Arnold

Carmina Crockett

September 16, 2019

My heart remains broken for the most caring, compassionate, considerate and kindest doctor God blessed me with.

There will never be another Dr. Mayse. He truly was a genuinely good person. He was one of a kind. He is irreplaceable.

Until we meet again, Dr. Mayse, I will try to stay well. Thank you for keeping my asthma under control when for years no one else could. Thank you for calming down my allergies and making me feel better with my yearly bronchitis. Thank you for caring enough to tell me that as much as you like seeing me, you never liked seeing me come in with a mask on my face. You always knew I was in bad shape then and had your work cut out for you.

I miss you already and I will miss making each other laugh. RIP. Now you truly have your wings. ♥️

Christopher Mayse

September 15, 2019

Hello,

Some of you know me, some of you I have never had the pleasure of meeting. My name is Chris, and I am Richard's eldest son. Obviously this is terrible and it warms my heart to read your memories and stories. He was a great man, truly larger than life. He brought such joy and comfort to all of us that it's hard to really comprehend. We miss him everyday and love him still.

The day that he passed, we were eating dinner at the house and a heavy rain started out of nowhere. No rain in the forecast, clear sky all around. I walked over to the window to look and believe it or not there was an overwhelming sight. I still feel like it was his hand on my shoulder, letting me know that everything will be all right, eventually.

All I can say is that I am glad that he could be there for you, making memories, laughing and caring and healing.

Be well and do well by others.

My love and thanks,
Chris

Josie Eskenazi-Arroyo

September 15, 2019

I had the pleasure to plan Dick & Helen’s vacation’s for several years now.
Dick thoroughly loved traveling and getting to know other cultures and meeting local people .
It was truly an honor to get to know him and he will be missed.

Pam Lane

September 15, 2019

My husband and I were patients and friends of Dr. Mayse. He helped me many times when I was really sick. We’ve known him for 25 years and we will miss him very much. He loved John Deere and I would always get him something to help decorate his office. I’ll never forget one day when I was in for an appointment he asked me if I would mind if he gave them to his grandkids. My husband went to UT and Dr. Mayse went to A&M, but they always shared their love of football. Dr. Mayse even enjoyed a football game at UT with my husband one weekend. I’m going to miss making Dr. Mayse his favorite peanut butter cookies.
Dr. Mayse, you will always hold a special place in my heart and I’ll always be grateful for your friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with Helen and the entire Mayse family and friends.
Pam and Ron Lane

William Badger

September 13, 2019

We 1st met Dick and Helen along with a group of mutual friends from Chico when we all gathered for an annual fishing trip to Mont. or Wyo. It didn't take long to see that Dick was gifted. He left us with timeless memories of fishing from a float tube (Helen, too). In sports he turned himself into a really good golfer through sheer work and practice; he took plenty of pocket change from me. He was in fact highly educated , but better than that he had an innate sense of workable compassion wherein he could see someone with a need and step in and help them without being asked.What I would really liked to have seen was him working as a bouncer in a bar. I will really miss him. Love to Helen and her courage and patience. Earl

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