YUMA, Ariz. – Former Yuma County Attorney Eugene Jefferson Richards, well known for his work in the community and the several commercials he had featuring several of his dogs, died Wednesday at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
Charlotte Richards said her father was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Richards was born Jan. 24, 1930 in Owingsville, Kentucky. Richards has been a resident of Yuma since 1957.
Richards joined the U.S. Air Force as a JAG legal officer during the Korean conflict. After that Richards returned to Arizona, where he was transferred to Yuma Air Force Base. Yuma is where Richards decided to stay after he was honorably discharged from the military.
Richards worked as an assistant County Attorney in Yuma, and decided in 1959 to run for County Attorney. After serving as County Attorney for four years, Richards started his private practice in Yuma.
Richards loved children and animals, particularly dogs. Amy was one of his first well-known dogs in the community. Amy was a Black Labrador Retriever. He also owned Counselor and Missy.
Richards never officially stopped practicing law. Charlotte Richards said her father did a lot of great work work for the community, and contributed to many non-profits and social causes, including the United Farm Workers.
She wanted the community to know her father did lots of work at no charge, and that he was a very giving man. He also sponsored many local sports teams, because his grandchildren are heavily involved in sports.
Richards also made considerable contributions to the Bark Park and the Humane Society of Yuma, because he believes in their cause.
Funeral services will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 2555 S. Engler Avenue, Yuma, at 11 am Saturday. It will be followed by a reception at the Activity Center next to the Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to any of the following: Yuma County Humane Society, 4050 S. Avenue 4 ½ E, Yuma, Arizona 85364; Wounded Warrior Project, 4150 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85251; Crossroads Mission, 944 S. Arizona Avenue, Yuma, Arizona 85364; Yuma Food Bank, 2404 E. 24th Street, Yuma, Arizona, 85364.