FORT WORTH -- Richard Stetson Nesbit died peacefully in his sleep Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.
Memorial service: 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 N. Davis Drive, Arlington. A reception will follow at his home.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ric's memory at www.fastswimming.org under the Swim Lessons tab.
A native of Dallas, Mr. Nesbit set a national age group record at age 10 and an American record as a sophomore at Highland Park High School and led the school to three state titles. He was the first Texan to swim the 100-yard breaststroke in under one minute. At A&M and UT-Arlington, he was a 10-time all-American, seven-time NCAA champion, a three-time NCAA record setter and a two-time Olympic trials qualifier. He set American and world records as a U.S. Masters swimmer. Ric coached at all levels for more than 40 years in Texas. He was inducted into the Maverick Athletic Hall of Honor in 1992 and the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 2009.
Besides swimming, Ric worked for the Fort Worth ISD for a number of years as a Because We Care counselor. After the murder of his daughter, Katy, Ric became the chapter co-founder and co-leader of the former North Texas Chapter of Parents Of Murdered Children. He also worked as a crime victim advocate mostly speaking on victim impact panels all over the state for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Texas Youth Commission for the juveniles.
Survivors: His wife of 35 years, Judith Nesbit; daughters, Julie and Aaron Muehlstein, Jennifer Culpepper and Sara and Trey Deaver; brother, Randal Nesbit; sisters, Marty and Rod Gwin, and Rebecca and Gary Bode; grandchildren, Garrett, Grayson and Marissa Muehlstein, Asa and Adin Culpepper and William Deaver; and many other extended family members and friends.