Philip J. Dick departed his earthly body on July 19, 2008, at home in Palm Springs, Calif., in the arms of his loving Life Partner, Russell Gamble, after a long and painful battle with lung cancer. Mr. Dick was born in Temple, on July 22, 1943, to Rader Dick and Janette Lovelace Dick of San Saba where he grew up, graduating Suma Cum Laude from San Saba High. He went on to SMU where he graduated with a double major in Spanish and Italian followed by graduate school at the University of Texas where he received his Masterís Degree in International Studies. Recruited by the Department of Defense he enjoyed a highly successful career in Washington, D.C., advancing through the ranks of the Defense Intelligence Agency to become the Senior Publisher of the daily briefings for the Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In 2001, he retired to Palm Springs which he and Mr. Gamble used as a base for their frequent world travels. They also enjoyed the summers at their second home in Vancouver, B.C.
There will be a family memorial gathering at the Bangs Cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 30, to inter Mr. Dickís ashes in the family plot. In addition to his partner, Russell Gamble, survivors include four first cousins from the Lovelace family, Gene Lilly, Bill Lilly, Bob Minton and Ray Lovelace and their families.