Richard Lee (Dick to everyone) Agin, 64, of Buellton passed away May 25, 2016. Survived by his wife Bethany; his mother Betty; brothers Bill, Dan, Jeff, sister Jodi, and their spouses; and several nieces, nephews and grand-nieces.

Dick was born and raised in San Dimas, CA, and lived and worked all his adult life in the Santa Ynez Valley. Well known for driving his green ’72 Chevy pickup with a spare on the front, Dick was a fence builder, Cowboy, National Rodeo Champion, and entertainer most recently with Agin Brothers/Territorial Law Band. He loved life and all who knew him also knew of his warm heart and generosity.

Dick was involved with 4H for many years with rabbits and target shooting. Most recently he was Range Master with the SYV Jr. Rifle Club, and did flint knapping demonstrations for elementary school outdoor classes. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting trips. His voice and percussion parts are missed by the band. He was an excellent storyteller- able to keep his audience engaged without leaving anything out. Dick was a National Rodeo Champion in 1976, 77, 78, 80, and 84 in the XTreme Bronc Riding event, in which he competed from 1970 to 1993. Dick rode bulls in college and Pro Rodeo from 1971-81. He was inducted into the Cheyenne Wild Horse Race Hall of Fame. He was also the recipient of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Distinguished Citizen Award.

A celebration of Dick’s life and barbecue (can bring side dish, salad or desert) will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22 at 4245 Baseline Rd, Santa Ynez, on Wednesday. To share thoughts or stories in advance, please email In lieu of flowers or condolences, please make a contribution to Dick Agin Memorial Fund at Rabobank.

Read the July issue of the Santa Ynez Valley Star with an interview with his brother Bill Agin and fond memories of Dick.