Richard Charles Lampton, of Houston, Texas, passed away at his home on March 15, 2022.
Richard was born March 27, 1942 in Houston. He graduated from Conroe High School in 1960, where he was known as a serious academic and athlete – affectionately called ‘Champ’ for his skills as a sprinter and basketball player. He went on to earn a Bachelors in History summa cum laude from The University of Texas at Austin in 1965 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
In the early 1970s, he moved to Clear Lake City to work for Lockheed Martin as a NASA contractor. He successfully pursued a career as a computer programmer before transitioning in the early 1990s into real estate investing in and around the Houston area so that he could spend more time with his family. He met the light of his life, Margaret, in the early 1980s, and in 1984 he had the good fortune to marry this beautiful soul, with whom he had two children. Richard’s number one priorities in life were his wife, his children and his brother Larry. He had a firm moral compass and faith, and he may return to his father in heaven knowing his example will live on.
He is survived by his daughter Lauren Maureen Lampton, his son Mark Philip Lampton and his daughter-in-law Aisha Ansari Lampton. He is preceded in death by his parents Maurine Cooper and Wallace Simeon Lampton, Jr., his beloved brother Lawrence “Larry” Lampton, and his treasured wife Margaret Bauer Lampton. A funeral mass will be held at a later date at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church, where Richard was a founding parishioner in the mid-1970s. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Marbridge Foundation in Manchaca, Texas. This organization is dear to the family’s heart as it serves as a home to an extraordinary group of individuals with cognitive disabilities.