Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home

4335 West 4100 South, West Valley City, UT


Richard Henderson

Passed away on 7 October , 2019

Richard Duane Henderson 5/4/1952 - 10/7/2019

Our sweet father, PAPA, brother and friend Rich Henderson passed away peacefully at his home on October 7, 2019. Rich was born on May 4, 1952 to Duane and Lucille Henderson in Salt Lake City, UT. Rich was the kindest and most gentle man one could ever know. He lived his life without judgment or hate and showed so much love to everyone he knew. He was the most amazing dad, papa and friend. Rich loved music and he could play just about any instrument you put in his hands. He enjoyed fishing and spending time outdoors. But what he loved the most was spending time with his family. He loved being a papa to his grandson Rayden and shared such a close and special relationship with his daughter Laney.

Rich worked in the Aerospace industry and was responsible for the development of advanced composite materials for commercial aircraft jet engines, as well as space, defense and recreation applications. This world will be a little less bright without Rich in it and we will miss him dearly. Rich is survived by his daughter Laney Defa (Ryan), his grandson Rayden Defa, and his sister Connie Vazquez (Juan Vazquez). He was preceded in death by his son Jesse Henderson and his brother Bruce Henderson land his parents Duane and Lucille Henderson.

Please join us in a celebration of life for Rich on Friday October 18, 2019 at 5:30 PM at the The Rock Church located at 11630 700 E, Draper UT 84020. Following the service we will gather at the Break Bar in West Valley at 3396 Decker Lake Dr. for some "Beers and Cheers for Rich" just like he would have wanted.

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Tom Hurst

18 October 2019

Dear Laney

I am so sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to know your dad! He cared.....a lot.....and yet he never lost his cool with anyone or lost his patience with my many questions. I always had great respect for Rich – he was brilliant but would take time out of his day to help anyone or explain anything at the plant. There are simply not many people like him left in the World!
Rest in peace Rich......the Industry just got a little smaller.

-With deepest sympathies, Tom Hurst

Sonjia Daniels

17 October 2019

Laney your dad was truly a nice man. I know he is enjoying the vacation I told him to take. I am glad l got to meet and know a gentle giant in The Aerospace Industry.

Peace & Blessings,

Sonjia Daniels

Scott Sudweeks

16 October 2019

Of the many, many people I worked with and knew at Hercules/Hexcel – Rich was one of my favorites. He was always willing to help and share his knowledge and expertise. He was hard-working, and most of all - kind. He had a way of making everyone feel good about their individual contributions and ideas. He was brilliant, yet humble. He will be sorely missed.

P.S. I never figured out how he could function at such a high level every day - on a Coke and a cookie!

Dan Miller

15 October 2019

Rich's Family,

I worked with Rich for many years and enjoyed just being around him every day. Rich was a very special person whose intelligence, work ethic, passion and concern for others, will never be surpassed. We had some great times together away from the workplace also and I feel so fortunate to have had that opportunity to spend times together.
Rest in peace Rich, you will be in our thoughts forever.

Dan Miller

Ed &. Silvana Apol

15 October 2019

Dear Connie and Juan John jr and Sara Sending hugs your way ! Our sincere condolences to you and the rest of the family

Jon Kay

11 October 2019

Dear Laney and family,

I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Rich was such a kind and gentle person, and always offered a greeting in his own, unique way. Rich displayed such a mellow attitude about life, yet you knew how passionate he was about doing the right thing. My deepest condolences. Jon Kay

Cody Shockey

11 October 2019

Rich , aka Woody or Woodstock (yes he was at the original woodstock) You were one of the kindest and caring people I have ever met. And never judgemental of people. I felt blessed to know you. Will never forget you. Much love Woodstock!!