Sensei "Dick" Daly Passes Away

Jan. 09, 2009, 3:58 p.m. (ET)

It is with great sadness that USA Judo informs you of the death of Sensei "Dick" Daly of Snohomish, Washington.  Sensei "Dick" peacefully passed away at his home in Lake Stevens this week.

Raymond "Dick" Daly, was one of the pioneers of Washington State Judo.  Sensei Dick was born on February 3, 1925, and was a decorated former Marine who fought in three wars; WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.   He began his participation in judo in 1952 while stationed in Japan. Upon his military retirement in 1967 he began teaching school and coaching judo in Snohomish.  He was the chief instructor of the Snohomish Dojo and the Snohomish High School Judo Team from 1967 until 1993. He implemented one of the first high school letter sport judo programs in the United States where athletes had the opportunity to compete against other area high schools teams. In addition, he developed a strong feeder program at the middle school level where students could take judo as their physical education requirement five days per week. The middle school program boasted 80 students per year during the years it was in effect. To his credit, his students won several local, regional and junior national medals under his tutelage.

While Sensei Dick is survived by his three daughters Cynthia, Pricilla, Sabra, and four grandchildren, he was equally close to his three surrogate sons and their families; Mark Glaser, Mike Hinthorne and Troy Leis. He was really a father figure, mentor and friend to many who grew up and came through the Snohomish High School judo program and viewed as a grandfather many times over. Some of his students and those he influenced include; Sherrie Phillips, a US World Team member, 1996 Olympic Team alternate, and USA Judo staff member, as well as, Bert Mackey, a former national elite athlete and a leader in Washington State Judo and USA Judo. Sensei Dick's legacy also includes his many students who have started their own judo clubs such as Mark Glaser, Gary Steward, Chris Williams, Patrick Peterson, Sherrie Phillips, Bert Mackey and Troy Leis. Through the Snohomish judo program over 20 black belts were produced and over 50 black belts through his and his students' combined efforts at their various dojos.

Sensei Dick Daly's commitment is yet another example of our judo veterans who helped create the foundation of judo that stands today in the United States.  Through his efforts hundreds and perhaps thousands have and will be touched by the sport of judo. As a judo family, we mourn for the passing of a wonderful man, a teacher, a father, a grandfather figure, and as our very dear friend.

USA Judo's condolences go out to the Daly family and those that were close to him.  Memorial services are scheduled for January 17, 2009 at the Solie Funeral Home, located in Everett, WA. A college scholarship will be established in Sensei Dick Daly's name for a judo athlete from Snohomish High School.  Memorial donations may be made to the below charity.


Snohomish Educational Foundation

Memo Line: Raymond Daly Memorial Fund

PO BOX 1312

Snohomish, WA 98291-1312