I am saddened to report that PRO3 lost one of our own July 5, 2015 just after the conclusion of the SOVREN Historics event at Pacific Raceways. Richard “Dick” John Whittemore (PRO3 #45) passed away unexpectedly at age 59. Dick had just completed a weekend of racing with PRO3 at PR, when he developed breathing problems during his drive home to Portland. He entered the emergency room at a hospital in Lakewood, and was immediately transferred to the intensive care unit. He later suffered cardiac arrest.
Dick was born and raised in Portland and attended Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. Dick joined the firm of Bullivant Houser Bailey in 1984 and was a senior shareholder. He was a member of the Oregon, Washington and Idaho bar associations and practiced law for more than 30 years litigating cases in both state and federal court.
Dick had a deep respect for the law but his personal passion was motor racing. He participated in racing throughout the Pacific Northwest in an open wheel Formula Ford in both SCCA and ICSCC where he collected numerous checkered flags throughout his racing career.
Dick joined the ranks of closed-wheel racing PRO3 in 2009; first as a renter for TC Motorsports, and then later purchasing that same car as his own. Dick thoroughly enjoyed the competition and camaraderie offered by fellow PRO3 drivers and their crew. He stood tall and quiet, but was always quick with a laugh and witty banter.
He will be missed by all; forgotten by none.