Richard Marion Bevis,
Richard Marion Bevis,
  • October 28, 1963 - September 12, 2016
  • Texas

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Richard (Rich) Bevis crossed his last finish line in usual stupendous fashion on Monday, September 12th, 2016. Rich's life experience was so rich and varied it defied description in writing.

Rich was born in Houston on October 28th, 1963 to Richard and Martha Bevis. As a child his activities included judo and swimming. He was an accomplished baseball player in his youth. His interest in engines and racing karts and motorcycles started when he was very young. He was an accomplished mechanic even as a young man.
Rich was always very intelligent and combined this intelligence and his acumen in engines by attending Texas Tech University. He majored in Mechanical Engineering, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in record time.
After finishing school, Rich continued the tradition of his family's business and successfully grew the family enterprise to several times larger and expanded business lines during his tenure. Rich cared deeply for the people with whom he worked and treated them and thought of them as family.

Rich had a great dedication to family especially his girls, Allison and Promise. They are the lights of his life and a prouder father you have never seen. On February 14th of this year he welcomed his wife Elisabeth (Lisa) and her daughter Ivana into the Bevis family. Lisa was a great love in his life and provided him with much comfort.
Rich was always an avid risk taker in all areas of his life, and no more so than his racing hobby. He started out racing sprint bikes and eventually gravitated to endurance racing. He even owned his own race team, Loco Motion. His racing team was like family to Rich.

It would be remiss to finish this obituary without mentioning the attitude with which Rich left this world. His disease stacked the odds significantly against him. Still, he was never known to utter a negative word, and was always upbeat. He was always sure he would "beat it" and that enthusiasm was infectious. Rich's greatest gift to this world and those who knew him might be that attitude and the example he set in how to live one's life.

Rich will be missed by his wife, Lisa, daughters Allison and Promise, step-daughter Ivana, brothers Cameron (Cam), Blair and Daryl. He will also be missed by zillions of friends and family. Yes, zillions is a number, he told me so.

Friends were cordially invited to visit with the family at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17th in the chapel of Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road in Houston and where the funeral service was conducted directly thereafter at 2:00 p.m. A graveside service for family and close friends followed at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, also in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Lung Cancer Alliance, PO Box 418372
Boston, MA 02241-8372, by phone at 1-800-298-2436, or on line at