Richard “Dr. C” Conkling

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  • | 9:20 a.m. May 26, 2023
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Richard “Dr. C” Conkling
5/1/1935 – 5/24/2023

Richard Dyson Conkling, better known as Dick or Dr. C by his many friends and colleagues, peacefully passed away surrounded by his family and loving wife, Polly, of 65 years on May 24, 2023.

Richard is survived by his wife, two sons Ron and Ray, two beautiful daughter-in-laws Lauri and Pam, grandchildren Trent (McCall), Tessa (Marcel), Justin, and Jarrett (Miranda), and a great-granddaughter on the way, Amelia Rose. He treasured creating memories with his family, friends, colleagues, and students.

Richard was a man of many talents: citrus grove manager, cattle rancher, fertilizer salesman, and a stint in the army serving in Korea. He then changed gears moving into education getting his PhD and being a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent known affectionately as “Dr C.” He spent his career caring about and promoting the education of children and fostering a family atmosphere with the faculty.

Throughout his life he was a stalwart volunteer, serving the Kiwanis Club of Flagler (over 40 years) where his pride and joy was the establishment of a college fund.  He also spent many hours volunteering at St. Thomas Episcopal Church and serving the students of Flagler in numerous volunteer projects.

At home, he wrote poetry (to his wife), loved woodworking, photography, training, and spending time with his “best friend” Buddy the Border Collie. He also enjoyed spending time with his neighbors and working on his property at the “Circle R”  Ranch in the woods on John Anderson Highway in Flagler Beach, Florida.

He was a true gentleman who led by example and lived a principled life of integrity.

He was a true gentleman who led by example and lived a principled life of integrity. He will be sorely missed by everyone that knew and loved him. Rest in peace Pap we love you.

Please join us in celebrating his life Saturday morning June 3, 2023, at 11 am at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5400 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, FL 32137.

In lieu of flowers, we are requesting donations be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church Memorial Fund (386-446-2300).

The family of Dr. Conkling have entrusted his arrangements to Clymer Funeral Home & Cremations.

Saturday, June 3, 11AM
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
5400 Belle Terre Parkway
Palm Coast, FL 32137


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