David T. Ricker died Feb. 22, 2008 in Payson.
Mr. Ricker graduated from the Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Conn. and earned a bachelor's of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut. While at UCONN, he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.
After serving in the Army during the Korean War, he was employed at the American Bridge Division of U.S. Steel Corp. in Elmira, N.Y. and then moved to The Berlin Steel Construction Company in Kensington, Conn., where, after 27 years, he retired as the vice president of engineering.
As a licensed professional engineer, he was an active member serving on numerous committees for both the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He authored several professional articles and was an editor of the "AISC Manual of Steel Construction," as well as other key industry publications. Mr. Ricker received a lifetime achievement award for excellence in his field from the American Institute of Steel Construction. He was also honored by the University of Connecticut School of Engineering with a distinguished alumni award.
Mr. Ricker was a longtime member of the National Rifle Association and, most recently, he was a member of the building committee for the Payson Public Library, an archaeology site steward for the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office and was an avid researcher of Central Arizona history.
Mr. Ricker is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Jacquelyn Ricker of Payson, Ariz. They were married June 7, 1958. He is also survived by his sons, David W. Ricker of Dallas, Texas, and Dr. Jonathan E. (Nancy) Ricker of Danville, Ky.; his sisters, Harriet E. LaVarge of Norwich, Conn. and Joyce (George) Lyons of Branford, Conn; and his two grandchildren, Jeffrey L Ricker, and Rachel E. Ricker both of Danville, Ky.
A celebration of life will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2008, at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero Dr., Payson, Ariz.
Memorial gifts may be sent in Mr. Ricker's honor to The Library Friends, Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd, Payson, AZ 85541; Payson Humane Society, 812 S. McLane Rd, Payson, AZ 85541; RTA Hospice, 511 S. Mud Springs Rd., Payson, AZ 85541 and the Zane Grey Cabin Foundation, 201 N. McLane Rd, Payson, AZ 85541.