OBITUARY

John Richards

November 16, 1949March 8, 2017

John Longstroth Richards Nov. 16, 1949 – Mar. 8, 2017

Passed away peacefully with a smile on his face. He was greeted with open arms by his parents, Philip and Elma Richards. Who preceded him to meet their Heavenly Father. John was diagnosed with Stage 1 diabetes at the age of 30. He was a 21 year transplant survivor of his kidney and pancreas. His battle with diabetes was the cause of his passing. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and married his beautiful wife, Victoria Ann Richards in the Washington DC LDS Temple in 1982. He is survived by his wife and children, Valerie (David) Stanton, Nicole Williams, Celeste (Luke) Ratto, Joshua McDonald and Gabriel McDonald. And grandchildren: Sydney Stanton, Cortini Larson, Mariah Herrington, Brooke McDonald, Nash and Nora Ratto. Also, survived by his siblings: Philip (Cathy) Richards, Susan (Don) Wright, Lois (Bob) Powell, Mary (Mike) Fitch, Margret Richards, and Peter (Alecia) Richards. John graduated from the first graduating class of Skyline High school in 1967 (so he said). He had a little ‘wild’ time while at Ricks College (now BYU Idaho) in 1968. Those who knew him then, will know what we mean. He served a LDS Mission in Canada, 1969-1971. Being a proud Republican, he loved to boast that while at BYU, he was the President of the Young Democratics. He Graduated from his beloved BYU in 1975 with a degree in Political Science. He was a respected salesman, and that talent, paid for his college education. It took him several years after college to find his love for finance. He was a Financial Planner starting in the late 70’s until present. He prided himself on helping his clients like they were family. All who knew him completely, trusted and respected him. Throughout his career, he won so many awards, there are just to many to list. Basically, he was amazing! John was an avid car guy since before he could even drive. The first car he owned was a classic Austin Healey that he fixed up on his own. After that he was fascinated to English sports cars. He owned three Jaguars at one time! He loved to go to all the car shows in and out of town. He and Vicki were world travelers. Their first big trip was when they first got married. They went on a two week trip to the Orient. After that they traveled to Israel and Egypt on the Holy Land Discovery tour. The traveling never stopped. A cruise ship was the best way to travel, from that point forward. They went on several European cruises including, a riverboat Viking Cruise down the Danube River. Also, several Caribbean and Mexican Rivera cruises. The last one being the summer of 2016. And of course, his all time favorite was the Alaska cruise, where he took all his children and grandchildren. The most important thing in John’s life was his family. His love for his wife Vicki was extraordinary. His greatest joy was being with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Favorite family vacations included Lake Powell and Lake Mead on the boat. Other favorites were annual trips to the family cabin at Macks Inn on the River and up Mount Air Canyon. He loved going out to lunch, his favorite meal of the day, and taking anyone and everyone. Dad looked forward to us all being together as a family. This included lots of laughter, a little jabbing, and always having fun. We love and miss John/Dad with all of our hearts, but know we will be with him again one day soon.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 Viewing will be held at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park: 3401 S. Highland Dr. SLC, UT 84106 Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday, March 17, 2017 His Celebration of Life will be held at Altaview Stake – Sunridge Ward, 1850 E. 8600 So., Sandy, UT 84093 Viewing: 10:45am - 11:45am followed by the service: 12:00pm Interment will be held at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park: 3401 S. Highland Dr. SLC, UT 84106 Time: 1:45pm

In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation be made to the American Diabetes Association. Please be an organ donor, it really does save lives. Thank you.

Services

  • Viewing Thursday, March 16, 2017
  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 17, 2017
REMEMBERING

John Richards

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Don Martin

November 6, 2018

John and I served in the mission field together. He was such a great friend. I searched for him, in hopes of getting together to catch up, but unfortunately found his obituary. Rest in peace my friend. Our catching up will have to wait for a while.

Clyde Madsen

April 19, 2017

I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing. I was John's last missionary companion prior to his returning home. We served together in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. He was a great missionary and an even better friend. I was Googling John to get his number so we could catch up but found his obituary instead. A real shock and I am deeply saddened. John always had a smile on his face and a heart full of joy. Take care my friend - I will miss you.

Eric Williams

March 19, 2017

Rest in Peace old friend. Another fallen Skyline Eagle of 1968. Deepest condolences to the family.

Dave and Celia Snider

March 19, 2017

Vicki, we were so broken hearted when we heard of John's passing. Dave and I have loved both of you since we were in Sandy 40th Ward together. We loved living across Newcastle Road from you. You have been dear friends for many years. You and John were such a delight to spend time with. He loved and cherished you in the most beautiful way. John was one of the finest men we have ever known. We pray that the Savior will hold you in His arms until you can be together again! What a sweet reunion that will be. With love, Dave and Celia Snider

Ralph Swiss

March 16, 2017

I was sorry to learn of John's passing. I knew him through work on Church issues shared by our two stakes and boy scout matters. He was a wonderful individual and I always enjoyed learning form him.
Ralph Swiss

Buzz, Marlene, Dustin, Megan Dykhuizen

March 15, 2017

Vicki So sorry to hear about John's passing.You two were really GREAT neighbors. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Paul Olsen

March 15, 2017

John was 3 years my senior growing up in the same neighborhood and the Kenwood Ward. Just enough age difference to draw awe and a little fear in us younger boys! But John was kind, and it was not beneath him to speak to me and befriend me, which helped me gain confidence in my early teen years. He was a snappy dresser- great ties and saddle shoes. I remember him fondly and express condolences to the family, especially Mary, Margie and Peter.

Pete Black

March 15, 2017

Johnny was one of my best friends in high school - and for a few years after we graduated. Literally every weekend Johnny and I, and several other really close friends, were "out and about" somewhere in the Salt Lake Valley doing things that we probably shouldn't have been doing. Rock and Roll was always important to us so we attended alot of concerts and Battle of the Bands at the Terrace Ballroom, Lagoon and other venues. Even though we differed in political and religious philosophies, we were still "Good Buddies" and we didn't let our differences get in the way of our comradery. Over the years Johnny and I lost track of each other but would meet up at our high school reunions and reminisce about our past exploits and "The Good Old Days". Johnny was always soft spoken,jovial, positive, fun loving and was just an all round Good Guy. He will be missed but his memory will carry on. His friendship will always be cherished. I send my condolences to his family.

March 14, 2017

May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family through this very sad time Psalms 29:11

Joan Plowgian Holt

March 14, 2017

Dear Richards Family - So sorry to hear of the passing of John. We have many wonderful memories of the Kenwood Ward years. May the Lord bless you with comfort and peace.