In memory of
Richard Roy Oliphant Ii
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In memory of
Richard Roy Oliphant Ii
Richard Roy Oliphant II Indio - Richard Roy Oliphant II passed away on January 3rd, 2020, at the Greg and Stacey Renker Pavillion at Eisenhower Medical Center. He was a father, a builder, a talented musician, a gifted photographer, an award-winning videographer, a writer, a golfer, and an airplane pilot. He enjoyed being in nature and making a good cup of coffee. Rich will be remembered for his ability to find beauty behind the lens of a camera, his ability to pick up seemingly any instrument and write a new song, and for the values and integrity he exemplified every day. Rich was the son of Richard Roy Oliphant and Janice Ann Oliphant of Indian Wells. Rich was born on January 14, 1954, in Iowa City, Iowa. He attended elementary schools in Iowa City and Tucson, Arizona before moving to the Coachella Valley in 1962. He was designated an Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts' highest achievement. Rich learned how to play guitar at a young age, and recorded his first record in Beverly Hills as a teenager. Later he graduated from Indio High School and then Orange Coast College where he studied music. Ultimately, Rich would go on to learn to play many more instruments including all the woodwinds, as well as bass and piano. As an accomplished musician, he enjoyed performing in Rock Bands, Jazz Bands, and Big Bands. Most recently, he wrote, recorded and produced the album Kytos in which he played every instrument in every song. He wanted to leave his music for his family and friends to enjoy for generations to come. Rich owned and operated Oliphant Productions, a video production company, for over 35 years. Much of his work was focused on medical education. In the 1980s and '90s, Rich held a seat on the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. He worked from the 1980s into the 2000s creating medical education films and directing World Medical Conferences at the Annenberg Center for Health and Sciences at Eisenhower Hospital. Rich also filmed travel documentaries for the governments of Thailand, India, and China, and was the first non-Chinese national allowed to film the Terracotta Army. He created programming content and commercials for the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament from its inception at the Grand Champions Tournament up to and including the BNP Paribas Open. He helped raise money for St. Theresa Catholic School in Palm Springs by filming and donating programming which benefited the school's construction. He also produced the films currently on display at the Living Desert theater. Rich received 8 Telly Awards, 4 AXIEM Awards, an Aurora Award, a Gold ADDY Award, a HALO Award, a recognition from the Southern California Motion Picture Council for his work in film, and numerous other accolades. Most recently, he and Debra wrote and published a Norwegian cookbook together. Rich is survived by his wife, Debra Stormon-Oliphant and they have one son, Chase Evan Oliphant (Kristin). He is also survived by his sisters Virginia Tinley (Scott), Deborah Dolan (Joe) and his brothers Wesley Oliphant (Lisa) and Michael Oliphant (Carrie). His extended family also includes uncles Steven McWilliams, King McWillams (Ida), nieces Kellie Booth (Ben), Torrie Matias (Kyle), Elise Vukosav (James), Ashley Oliphant and nephews Matthew Dolan (Jenn), Dane Tinley, and Tyler Oliphant. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to either St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to the Eisenhower Health Foundation benefiting the Lucy Curci Cancer Center in an effort to assist the wonderful team of doctors, nurses, and staff who fought dearly for Rich. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi, La Quinta on Friday, January 17th, 2020, at 10:00 AM. Rich, we are all grateful for your art and the love you brought into the world. We hope they serve good coffee in heaven. Entrusted to the care of Wiefels Funeral Directors, Palm Spings
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In memory of
Richard Roy Oliphant Ii
Richard Roy Oliphant II Indio - Richard Roy Oliphant II passed away on January 3rd, 2020, at the Greg and Stacey Renker Pavillion at Eisenhower Medical Center. He was a father, a builder, a talented musician, a gifted photographer, an award-winning videographer, a writer, a golfer, and an airplane pilot. He enjoyed being in nature and making a good cup of coffee. Rich will be remembered for his ability to find beauty behind the lens of a camera, his ability to pick up seemingly any instrument and write a new song, and for the values and integrity he exemplified every day. Rich was the son of Richard Roy Oliphant and Janice Ann Oliphant of Indian Wells. Rich was born on January 14, 1954, in Iowa City, Iowa. He attended elementary schools in Iowa City and Tucson, Arizona before moving to the Coachella Valley in 1962. He was designated an Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts' highest achievement. Rich learned how to play guitar at a young age, and recorded his first record in Beverly Hills as a teenager. Later he graduated from Indio High School and then Orange Coast College where he studied music. Ultimately, Rich would go on to learn to play many more instruments including all the woodwinds, as well as bass and piano. As an accomplished musician, he enjoyed performing in Rock Bands, Jazz Bands, and Big Bands. Most recently, he wrote, recorded and produced the album Kytos in which he played every instrument in every song. He wanted to leave his music for his family and friends to enjoy for generations to come. Rich owned and operated Oliphant Productions, a video production company, for over 35 years. Much of his work was focused on medical education. In the 1980s and '90s, Rich held a seat on the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. He worked from the 1980s into the 2000s creating medical education films and directing World Medical Conferences at the Annenberg Center for Health and Sciences at Eisenhower Hospital. Rich also filmed travel documentaries for the governments of Thailand, India, and China, and was the first non-Chinese national allowed to film the Terracotta Army. He created programming content and commercials for the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament from its inception at the Grand Champions Tournament up to and including the BNP Paribas Open. He helped raise money for St. Theresa Catholic School in Palm Springs by filming and donating programming which benefited the school's construction. He also produced the films currently on display at the Living Desert theater. Rich received 8 Telly Awards, 4 AXIEM Awards, an Aurora Award, a Gold ADDY Award, a HALO Award, a recognition from the Southern California Motion Picture Council for his work in film, and numerous other accolades. Most recently, he and Debra wrote and published a Norwegian cookbook together. Rich is survived by his wife, Debra Stormon-Oliphant and they have one son, Chase Evan Oliphant (Kristin). He is also survived by his sisters Virginia Tinley (Scott), Deborah Dolan (Joe) and his brothers Wesley Oliphant (Lisa) and Michael Oliphant (Carrie). His extended family also includes uncles Steven McWilliams, King McWillams (Ida), nieces Kellie Booth (Ben), Torrie Matias (Kyle), Elise Vukosav (James), Ashley Oliphant and nephews Matthew Dolan (Jenn), Dane Tinley, and Tyler Oliphant. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to either St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to the Eisenhower Health Foundation benefiting the Lucy Curci Cancer Center in an effort to assist the wonderful team of doctors, nurses, and staff who fought dearly for Rich. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi, La Quinta on Friday, January 17th, 2020, at 10:00 AM. Rich, we are all grateful for your art and the love you brought into the world. We hope they serve good coffee in heaven. Entrusted to the care of Wiefels Funeral Directors, Palm Spings
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Palm Springs, CA 92264
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