Richard Terry Grubb, DDS
Terry was born at Deaconess Hospital in Wenatchee, WA on December 27, 1938, to Lee and Hazel Grubb. He was christened Richard Terry, but he was always known by his middle name. He and his older brother, Ed, had many adventures on their family orchard in Sunnyslope while growing up. Terry attended Sunnyslope School, Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee Valley College, the University of Washington, and the U.W. Dental School, graduating in 1967. He loved living in Wenatchee, and had many fond memories of the years spent with his cousins throughout the Valley. Terry always enjoyed the family potlucks and gatherings with the Grubbs and Bromileys and their families. He opened a dental practice in September of 1967, and has practiced in the Wenatchee Valley ever since. He deeply cared for his patients and their families, and loved and respected his faithful clinical staff, who co-labored with him at the dental office. Terry became actively involved in the dental community by serving on boards, committees, and as an officer in various dental organizations. His generosity, both financially and clinically, is known by many, even though he preferred to keep those things “under the radar.” A list of Terry’s professional accomplishments would be pages long, but some highlights include serving as President of the North Central Washington Dental Society and the Washington State Dental Association. He also served as a Second Vice President of the American Dental Association, a Regent on the American College of Dentists, a Fellow in the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Society, and a member of the Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission. Terry loved to mentor other young leaders and was an inspiration to many in the dental profession, in his church, in the community, and in his family. He was a longtime member of the Wenatchee Free Methodist Church, where he served in multiple volunteer positions. Terry’s interests were wide and varied. He loved the outdoors and taught his children and grandchildren to respect and enjoy God’s creation. He was on an annual “road trip” with his motorcycle buddies in Oregon when something caused him to veer off the road and into a ravine, where he died instantly and went directly into the arms of his Lord and Savior. Although the cause of the accident is unknown, we are certain it was outside Terry’s control because he was a skilled, careful and experienced rider.
Terry is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sharen; his four children: Mindy, Liesl, Mike and Garrett, and their spouses, Darryl Wall, David Bohan, Julie Grubb and Dawn Shores; and 11 grandchildren: Devin Grubb, Spencer, Mitch, Ethan, Nik, Alaina and Maia Wall, Neil and Trent Bohan, and Madi and Molly Grubb.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2013, at Wenatchee Free Methodist Church. The family asks that anyone wishing to make a charitable contribution in Terry’s name send it to either Seattle Children’s Hospital or the Washington Oral Health Foundation. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.