Richard Arnold Stenholm Jr.
March 29, 1952 - February 10, 2023



Richard was born on March 29, 1952, in Brooksville, Florida. He attended Grady Elementary, Wilson Middle School, and Plant High School where he played football and baseball. Rick was a talented athlete. As a defensive back, Rick helped the team win two district championships. After highschool, Rick decided to play college baseball and pursue his dreams of playing professionally. After an interview with George Steinbrenner, he walked onto a team in the Yankee farm system. Rick went on to win three AAA championships, batted .275, and hit 112 home runs in his 779-game career. Rick was the consummate team player, a solid outfielder, and a left handed power hitter. He played hard and treated everyone fairly.  After his baseball career, Rick returned home to Tampa and started a family. He married the love of his life, Christina, in 1982. He showed his pride and love to his children, Andrew, Caleb (Kasie) and Garrett (Gabrielle) by coaching various sports teams and never missing an important event. As a devoted husband and loving father, he always put his family first.  Rick also started Richard A. Stenholm Construction which built custom residential homes with a reputation for quality and excellence, but maybe not timeliness. Over the years, the company completed hundreds of projects throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Garrett and Gabby currently live in a home Rick built.  An avid fisherman, Rick spent hours on the water enjoying the beauty of nature with friends, family, or his dogs – Rookie and then Jake. Those closest to him called him Captain Midnight because he would stay on the water well past dark (or during lightning storms) once fish started biting. He also used to hunt deer and boar in the swamps of Central Florida.  As a Christian, Rick’s faith served as a cornerstone of his life. He always offered a helping hand and a listening ear combined with a dry sense of humor. His positive influence touched countless people. Attendees of his church group called, “A Day in the Life of a Christian Man,” said that he had an immense impact on their lives. He served as a role model to all who knew him and was loved by many. Richard passed away on February 10th, 2023 surrounded by his wife and loving sons after a long battle with Parkinson’s. Rick will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He leaves behind a legacy of love, hard work, and unwavering faith. His memory will live on in the hearts of those who were blessed to have known him. Rick’s friends and family will host a Celebration of Life in Richard’s honor on February 21, 2023 at 4 pm at River of Life Church, 410 E Chapman Rd, Lutz, FL 33549 with a reception immediately to follow.


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  • Theodore Turocy Posted February 18, 2023 10:59 am

    Rick was one of the players I remember from my first Clippers games as a child. I regret to hear of his passing and assure you, his family, of my prayers – from Norwich, England.

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