ORACLE, ARIZ. — Richard L. (Rick) Dahlin, longtime veteran of the baking industry, died May 24 following an accident at his home in Oracle. He was 70 years old.
Mr. Dahlin was president of Henry & Henry, a producer of fruit fillings, icings and glazes for baking applications, for many years before joining Dawn Foods in 2002 as vice-president of operations. While at Dawn he also served as vice-president of principal accounts and vice-president of wholesale accounts, specializing in sales for large wholesale bakers and small/medium manufacturers. He worked as a consultant for Dawn from 2013 until his retirement in 2017.
In addition to his time at Henry & Henry and Dawn, Mr. Dahlin was active in many bakery trade organizations, serving on the boards of the American Bakers Association, the Allied Trades of the Baking Industry and as president of the National Bakery Suppliers Association.
“He was widely known, admired, trusted and respected by colleagues and customers alike,” Dawn said. “A tough competitor and a good friend to many, we will miss his kindness and caring, his optimism, his friendship and his smile.”
Survivors include his wife, Kathy; two sons, Ken and Jason; and a daughter, Amanda.