Richard “Dick” Stuart Tenold

Date of Birth

September 1, 1940

Date of Death

November 12, 2012

City of Death


Richard passed away at his home in Carpinteria, CA. on Monday, November 12, 2012. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends. Born September 1, 1940, in Santa Barbara, Richard grew up in rural Montecito.

After high school he enlisted in the Marine Corps, training at Camp Pendleton, Bridgeport and 29 Palms, California. Back in Montecito he partnered in business with his step-father Milt Tenold in a Coast Village Road Union Oil service station. Later Richard became a firefighter with the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District, where he worked through the ranks for thirty-two years and retired in 1998 as a Fire Captain.

He joined the Masonic Fraternity in 1978, was Master of the Carpinteria Masonic Lodge in 2000 and remained active in that organization, having been an officer of the lodge for most of his membership. He was an avid motorcycle rider, aviation enthusiast, car collector and world traveler with his wife.

He is survived by his wife of thirty five years Sheila (Cook); their son Stuart Thomsen Tenold of New York City; his son Richard Scott Tenold, daughter-in-law Amanda (Taylor) and grandson Brennan Shay of Oxnard, CA; and his sister Marlene Tenold of Girard, Ohio.

He is also survived by his cousin William Harrison of Ft. Bragg, CA; his uncle Roger Thomsen of Santa Barbara, CA; and many in-laws and Thomsen cousins.

In addition to his parents Dorothea (Byers) and Richard Ward Thomsen, he was preceded in death by his former wife Ann (Dunning); beloved step-father Milton Tenold; aunt Millie (Byers); uncle Leroy Byers, and his Thomsen uncles George, David, Gordon and Gene.

A graveside service will be held at the Carpinteria Cemetery, 1501 Cravens Lane, on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the Carpinteria Masonic Lodge, 5421 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Carpinteria Valley Historical Society or Santa Barbara Visiting Nurse and Hospice in Dick’s name.


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