Dr. Richard Alan Fallows

Feb. 15, 1943 - March 21, 2017

Richard Alan Fallows, of Bainbridge Island, Washington died on Tuesday March 21, 2017 at The Ridge in Silverdale, Washington. He was born on Feb. 15, 1943 in northern California. He attended San Mateo High School where he met his wife to be Ronni Zemel (Fallows). He then attended University of California, Berkeley and did his professional study of dentistry at Northwestern University in Chicago Illinois. He and Ronni were married in 1964 in San Mateo, California. They have two sons, Scott and Keith. Richard served as a dentist in the USPHS, division of Indian Health Services from 1966 until 1969 in Fort Defiance, Arizona and Taos, New Mexico. They returned to Saratoga, California in 1969, with Scott (born in 1968) and Rich practiced Dentistry until 1992. Keith was born in 1970. Richard was dedicated to providing the best possible care for his patients at all times. He had an extensive list of jokes that he generously shared with his patients and a very well developed sense of humor. He served on numerous Boards in the Saratoga area and was an Examiner for the State Board of Dental Examiners. Upon his retirement from Dentistry in 1992, he worked for and was on the Board of U.S. Cotton Inc. in New Mexico. He and Ronni lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1992 until moving to Bainbridge Island, Washington in 2004. In 2008 he was diagnosed with probable Alzheimer’s and struggled with the disease until his death. Rich was a very special soul, who touched all who came to know him. He is survived by and will be deeply missed by his wife of 53 years, Ronni (Bainbridge Island, Washington), his son Scott and grandchildren Jai and Leela (Bayfield, Colorado), son Keith, his wife Susie, his grandsons Aden and Luca (Whidbey Island, Washington). Rich loved sharing his passions for sailing, skiing, horseback, and hiking with family and friends. In July a memorial service will be held in Washington to celebrate his beautiful life. In remembrance, please support the Alzheimer’s Association National Board Longest Day Team in Rich’s name at:


For more information and to sign the online Guest Book for the family please visit: www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home on Bainbridge Island, Washington.