Zachary Scott Richmond was born at the Camp Lester Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan on 24 August 2004
It was easy to love Zach from the first time you met him. He was kind and respectful to everyone, loving and humble and generous. When he met people, he would really try to see them for who they are and not try to categorize them with a label. And then the more you get to know him, the more you can see what a truly beautiful person he was inside and out. He loved learning and was a very deep thinker and critically analyzed everything. He cared about justice and fairness and could hold his own in a debate. He put his beliefs into action by volunteering, donating his allowance for years to Food for the Hungry, and making backpacks of essentials to give to the homeless.
He was adventurous and would try almost any food, play any game, compete in any sport, and go on any outdoor adventure. He felt at home outside in nature and enjoyed hiking, camping, and scuba diving with his Mom. When he was little, he got the nickname “Zachapedia” because he could tell you all about every creature at the zoo or aquarium.
He and his Dad loved spending time together going to Houston to cheer for the Astros and Texans. Zach loved family road trips and playing video games or just hanging out with his sister Hannah “Ness” who was one of his best friends. He had a close relationship with his grandparents and was always happy for an excuse to go help with a chore at their house and then play a game and eat something good his Grandma PJ made for him.
Zach loved his school, teachers and counselors, and the wonderful friends he met there. He had a job he loved as a math tutor and felt like he had a connection with the kids he helped. Music was a huge part of his life, and he played many instruments beautifully. This past year, he was devoted to practicing guitar and singing in the choir and with his band. He had a beautiful, strong, bass voice and sang with deep emotion whether it was a classical song or punk.
Zachary loved Jesus, and he had the heart of a servant leader. Zach had served as the commander of his Civil Air Patrol squadron where he pursued all the training he could in search and rescue and emergency services, eventually serving as an instructor. He was registered to start EMT school right after graduation this summer. He was considering a future career in either counseling or nursing/paramedic.
Despite Zach’s passion for saving lives, he had been battling depression for some time and was receiving treatment for this illness. The pain of losing someone this way is too much to bear and it is tempting to look back and question what you could have done. Please only look forward. Know that he is at peace now and that you loved him well. Educate yourselves on mental illness and suicide prevention and love every person in your life with all that you are. Everything else in your life will seem insignificant in the face of loss.
He leaves his loving memories to his parents, Gregory and Erin Richmond, siblings Hannah Ness Richmond (and Xavior Richmond), paternal grandparents Jon and Phyllis Hurning, paternal grandparents Ron and Brenda Richmond, maternal grandparents Robert and Susan Beebe, uncles Clifton Beebe and Erik Schmidgall, his spiritual grandparents Pastor Don and Sister Marva Leavell, and a host of great aunts and uncles, second cousins, his pet companion Parris May and extended family members and friends. Our family would like to extend special thanks for the outreach and tremendous support from our church, work, Veterans Memorial High School and local communities. We cannot put into words how amazing everyone has been. You have our endless gratitude.
Services will be held Saturday January 28, 2023
at Corpus Christi Christian Fellowship at 6602 South Staples, Corpus Christi, TX 78413 / 1pm Viewing / 2pm Service.
In lieu of flowers, the parents respectfully request a donation to the Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative.
If unable to attend, the service will be streaming on: https://www.facebook.com/cccfellowship