Dr. Richard Dean Rowlett, age 61, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer. Born in Los Angeles, California, Richard spent his childhood years in numerous parts of the country, but mainly in Arkansas and ended up in Florida. He developed a lifelong passion for fishing as a child and fished almost everywhere in the southern states. Richard met the love of his life, Julie Robbins, at GTE of Florida and they married on October 30, 1982. While working and raising a family Richard also studied Management Information Systems at the University of Tampa before studying Business Management at Dallas Baptist University. One of his proudest educational achievements was when he earned Dissertation of the Year at the University of Phoenix while obtaining his Doctorate of Management. Richard became a professor for University of Phoenix and enjoyed teaching online and face to face classes for about 10 years. Richard stayed with GTE of Florida through their various mergers and ended up in Dallas and finally retired from Frontier Communications after over 30 years of continuous service. During this time, Richard and Julie started a family, having two children who were born in Florida but raised in Texas. Richard loved to take cruises and travel with his family. He also enjoyed bowling, putt-putt golf, fishing, watching tennis and walking the beach. Viewing the sunrise and sunset from his condo balcony brought him peace and joy.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Jessie Rowlett. He is survived by his wife of almost 39 years, Julie; daughter Re’Anna (Nathan) Waller of Dallas; future grandson Baby Waller; son Alex Rowlett of Dallas; step-mother Sue "Jeep" Rowlett of Brooksville; brother Glen Rowlett of St. Petersburg; sister Lottie (Tom) Platt of Searcy; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
The family is holding a private Celebration of Richard's Life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Suncoast Hospice to thank them for their excellent care of Richard in his final days.