Rick Newton, Founder Of Dive Shop, Dies at 60

Richard V. "Rick" Newton Jr., 60, the founder of Rick's Pro Dive 'N Ski Shop of North Little Rock, died Sunday of early onset Alzheimer's disease. The store Newton established in 1978 is now known as Rick's Dive 'N Travel Center and is marking its 35th anniversary this year.

Newton was born July 4, 1952, in Little Rock to Margaret Gwendolyn Wells Newton and Richard V. Newton Sr. The young Newton joined the Navy at 17 and was stationed in Italy, an experience that helped develop his taste for foreign travel.

While on scuba diving trips, Newton visited Australia, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, the Red Sea, Malaysia, the South Pacific, Borneo, Sulawesi and the Caribbean, among other locations.

Described as a lover of adventure, Newton also was a motorcycle enthusiast, hiker and photographer.

He is survived by his wife, Robyn Carter Newton; two daughters, Lindsey Newton and Kayla Newton; stepson, Jon Davis; sister, Deborah Newton Heiman; brother, Steve Newton; his father; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 10411 W. Markham St., Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205-1409, or Alz.org. Click here to read his full obituary.