In 2014, those who call themselves wife, daughter, brother, colleague and friend to the Honorable Richard Pasco, established an endowment fund to recognize leadership traits that exemplify the qualities and the integrity that they feel all public officials should strive to achieve. In doing so, they honor those traits in the man who served the community most of his adult life. “Dick was a tireless advocate of creating opportunities for engagement of citizens in the local government process, particularly young people,” says Beverly Gard, long-time friend and colleague.
Born on September 15, 1947, Dick followed in his family’s footsteps and, along with his brother David, became the fourth generation of Pascos to serve the community as Pasco Funeral Home in Greenfield. He did so following his military service in the U. S. Navy where, during the Vietnam War, he served on the USS Trumpetfish SS-245. Dick spent years serving on nonprofit boards dedicating many hours of volunteer service. He held a multitude of leadership positions with Kiwanis and his dedicated service was recognized with Indiana District’s Distinguished Lt. Governor Award and Outstanding Lt. Governor of the Year Award, and the International Distinguished Governor Award. In 1995, Dick received the Sagamore of the Wabash from Governor Bayh.
Dick dedicated over 20 years of public service on the City of Greenfield and Hancock County Councils. His community service culminated with his election to the office of Mayor of the City of Greenfield in 2011. His term was cut short upon his passing in December 2013.
The Mayor Richard J. Pasco Youth Citizenship Endowment will generate grants to organizations with a focus on youth programs that emphasize civic involvement. “Dick’s life was a lifetime of service,” said David Pasco, who considered his brother an inspiration. He desires that others be inspired to replicate Dick’s passion. It is the hope of the fund’s founders that others will donate to the fund, and through the community’s generosity, empower others to become outstanding leaders and citizens, much like the devoted servant for whom the fund honors.