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Richard D. Dayvault

Richard Dean "Dick" Dayvault was born in Cabarrus County, North Carolina on May 6, 1948, the son of Anna Lee Culp and Aldine Caldwell Dayvault, Jr., a comptroller for Lincoln Construction. He first became interested in minerals at the age of 7 when he found a specimen of bright green epidote in his neighborhood in Concord, North Carolina (near Charlotte). He didn't know what it was, but he soon learned. His father took him out into the local fields where clear, smoky, and amethystine quartz crystals could be found, and from then on he never lost the wonder of how crystals formed. His mentors (all from North Carolina) included Madge Drummond, an earth science teacher from Kannapolis; Ralph Caton, a collector from Concord; Carter Hudgins, a micromineral collector from Marion; Jack Hanahan, a collector from Belmont Abby; and Luther Thomas, a collector and dealer from Micaville (see Dick's In Memoriam to Luther Thomas in the March/April 2007 issue of Rocks and Minerals).

Dayvault's general interest in earth science led him to became a geologist. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology from East Carolina University, and in recent years worked as a registered geologist involved in environmental cleanup for the U.S. Department of Energy in Grand Junction, Colorado. He was also involved with the Uranium Leasing Program (the Department of Energy has a number of lands that were withdrawn from the Bureau of Land Management in the 1950s in the Uravan Mineral Belt area of western Colorado and they allow the lands to be leased by competetive bid).

Dayvault was a consulting editor for Rocks and Minerals magazine from 1976 to 2015 and wrote numerous papers on the geology and paleontology of Western Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. He has written articles for Rocks and Minerals on "red wood" limb casts, short shoots, cycads, and conifer cones from Utah in recent years.

He was a member of the Grand Junction Geological Society, Sigma Xi, the Friends of Mineralogy, and the Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club. And he was chosen as the 2003 Rocky Mountain Federation's Honorary Award winner for the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies Scholarship Foundation.

Dayvault contributed to the book Petrified Wood: The World of Fossilized Wood, Cones, Ferns, and Cycads (1998) and was a co-author of Ancient Forests: A Closer Look at Fossil Wood (2006). His most recent interests were in fossil woods, particularly those from Utah. Of course, he also collected other fossils, especially Green River Formation material, and minerals as well.

Dick Dayvault passed away on August 29, 2015.
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The Mineralogical Record - Richard D. Dayvault Richard Dayvault (2010) collecting a trophy smoky quartz scepter from Foster Hallman's Krystal Tips claim on Peterson Mountain, Washoe County, Nevada.
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