March 15, 1978 – September 14, 2019
Rick Haan died suddenly on Saturday, September 14, 2019 in Dallas. He was 41 years of age.
The incredible outpouring of love from so many others is truly a blessing for Rick’s family in this difficult time. We are comforted in our faith that Rick is at peace with the Lord and that we will see him again.
Rick was born March 15, 1978 in Lansing, Michigan. He was an incredibly kind, devoted, and loving father, husband, brother, son, and friend who will be missed by all that had the privilege of knowing him.
He spent his childhood in Michigan, spending much time outdoors with his father golfing and fishing. He had a great love of college sports, especially his beloved Michigan State University Spartans, where he attended college and worked in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. It was in the athletic department where he met his wife, Adrienne. Soon after, they moved to Lubbock for Rick to begin law school at Texas Tech University School of Law.
After graduating from law school, Rick went on to achieve the highest score on the Texas State Bar examination. Rick then joined the law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP in its real estate and banking practice group where he spent the next 13 years of his career, eventually becoming an equity partner at the firm. Rick handled complex commercial real estate transactions of all types, and was known equally for his intelligence and his practical approach to his work. Rick was universally admired and beloved by his colleagues, clients, and opposing counsel. He was a mentor and friend to many Thompson & Knight employees, associates, and partners, and everyone agrees that life at the firm will never be the same without him.
He made his home in Dallas, where his family grew to include his three children. He joined the Knights of Columbus and found a brotherhood who valued service and family as much as he did. Rick was always one to help anyone in need, from setting up at Emily’s basketball practices to packing meals at charity organizations. He was a genuine, generous, caring man who made sure this would live on in his children.
Rick is survived by his wife of 15 years, Adrienne; their three children: Emily (8), Julia (4), and Luke (1); his parents Richard and Mary Haan of Frankfort, Michigan; in-laws Steven and Sylvia Haynes of El Paso; his brother Eric Haan and wife Karla; his sister Lisa Davis and husband Jarrod; his sister Renee Tilley and husband John; his sister Rachel Neff and husband Craig; his brother Lonnie Haan; his sister Mariah Haan; his brother-in-law Aaron Haynes and wife Andrea; nephews Carter Davis, Alden Tilley, Henry Tilley, Pablo Haan, Owen Neff, and Joshua Haan; nieces Caroline Tilley, Samantha Davis, Ava Tilley, and Natalie and Olivia Haynes.
As a friend who knew Rick in all aspects of his life shared, “He was the best of us. We are less without him.” Thank you, Ben, for your wonderfully fitting tribute to Rick.
In lieu of flowers, you may honor Rick through a contribution in his memory to your favorite charity, or to one of Rick’s: Feed My Starving Children, or KidsAlive International.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Rick on the Sparkman Crane website under “Add a Memory.” These will be treasured by his family now and always.
- Visitation Sunday, September 22, 2019
- Rosary Service Sunday, September 22, 2019
- Memorial Mass Monday, September 23, 2019
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September 23, 2019
My husband and I only got to know Rick and Julia on the Sunday prior to his death. I had invited them both to attend a church picnic event after the assembly at Lake Highlands Church. He had such a warm and caring personality and we could tell how much he enjoyed his time with Julia. We visited over hamburgers and hotdogs and learned about his career as a lawyer. I was hoping to see Julia again in our little Bible Class that she so enjoyed, and shared that with him. He loved seeing his daughter so happy and after a bit took her over to the playground to play. We enjoyed his friendly presence and are so sad that we did not get to know him better. We are praying for your comfort, peace, and strength during this life-changing event. Sincerely, Merilee and David Withrow
September 21, 2019
I will always remember Rick's gentle spirit and his unwavering support for Emily on multiple campouts with our Adventure Guides group we called the "Clover Belles." He was always there to encourage her as she worked up the courage to try something new. And to help her get back up after falling down and try again. And to stay up all night to comfort her one night when she fell ill in the cabin. And sometimes just to spend time playing with her like when they jumped together on a giant inflatable "pillow" at Sky Ranch.
September 20, 2019
Rick and I worked together for the past seven years. He helped me build our business in Denver from nothing into a sophisticated, robust platform. I worked with him almost daily. Even though our relationship was largely professional, he meant so much to me personally because he was integral to our business and my personal career growth. He was always so easy to work with. He had the “it” factor that made him unique in his field. He was, by far, the best attorney I’ve worked with. I will miss him dearly.
Beverly Chin Day
September 19, 2019
Girl Scouts Father Daughter Dance in Feb 2017.
September 19, 2019
I just recently had the opportunity to meet and work with Rick. He was clearly the smartest guy in the room but what struck me most was his kind and humble spirit. It was a privilege to know such a good man. Praying for his family and colleagues.
September 19, 2019
I have worked with Rick for many years and knew him to be such a great guy and consummate professional. I enjoyed knowing him very much. My sincere condolences, I know he will be missed.