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Richard William Dillard (August 17, 1957 - January 18, 2008) was the patriarch of the Dillard family.

He was the husband of Cathy Byrum and the father of their two children, Derick and Daniel.

Personal life


Rick was married to Cathy George from August 20, 1978 until his death.


The couple had two children.

Their first child, son Derick Michael was born on March 9, 1989. He is married to Jill Duggar. They have two sons, Israel David, who was born on April 6, 2015, and Samuel Scott, who was born on July 8, 2017. They suffered a miscarriage in October 2021.

Their second child, son Daniel David was born on December 3, 1990. He is married to Deena Tougaw. They have two sons, Jaxon Michael, who was born on September 5, 2018, and Brady Richard, who was born on February 12, 2021.


Rick died of a heart attack on January 18, 2008.


Law enforcement

He was a police officer for the Rogers Police Department.