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David “Dick” Richard Graybeal

David “Dick” Richard Graybeal

Dick Graybeal born on May 27, 1938 passed peacefully in his sleep at home on May 24, 2022 from congestive heart failure.

Dick was born in Buhl, ID to Irene and David and was raised on the family farm in Castleford, ID alongside his two younger sisters, Judy and Linda. After graduating high school, he went on to attend Antioch College but soon left to serve in the US Navy as an Electronics Technician. Always needing a new intellectual challenge, after serving in the Navy, he expanded his technical knowledge working for RCA on radar stations in Alaska, went on to monitor and maintain biomedical instrumentation for Siemens and the University of Washington, and finally returned to Idaho where he worked  for over 30 years focused on systems engineering and facilities development at Boise State University.

While at BSU his innovative mind developed tools to support research giving the world deeper insight into the chambered nautilus, the use of high intensity interval training for exercise, co-designed distance learning classrooms, and constructed one of the first processes for microscope to video technologies in research.

Beyond his work life, his creative mind and technical expertise were often sought out for developing various cutting edge projects such as: a video system with infrared flight tracking recorder, ultrasonic tracker for fisheries, highway stress analysis video system, and microcomputer instrumentation.

Dick also believed in creating a better world by taking care of the environment and being involved in his community. Once settled with his family in Idaho, he returned to serve our country for 20 years as a member of the 148th Public Affairs Detachment for the Idaho Army National Guard, volunteered with Mountain Search and Rescue, served on the boards of Idaho Computer Users Group and BSU Emeritus Guild, and in retirement enjoyed his role as guest Science lab instructor for elementary school students.

His thoughtfulness, never ending curiosity, and love of sharing his knowledge with others will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

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