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Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary

3401 S. Highland Drive, Millcreek, UT

OBITUARY

Robert M Richards

April 15, 1960January 7, 2020
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Robert Mark Richards--beloved father, grandfather, brother and son--passed away on January 7, 2020 in Sandy, Utah. Rob was born April 15, 1960 to Lynne and LaMar Richards in Salt Lake City. He attended Skyline High School, where he met and fell in love with the love of his life, Jenni Hunsaker. They were married after high school, and later sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. Rob and Jenni were the proud parents of 3 wonderful children: Jeremy, Travis, and Candace. His sweetheart Jenni was tragically taken in a car accident in 1990, and Rob has missed her dearly ever since. Anyone who knew Rob, knew how special Jenni was to him. He would talk about her every chance he got, usually working it into every conversation. The happy reunion that took place must have been full of unspeakable joy!

Rob will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather, who was always a true gentleman--even if he was a hilariously goofy one--and a cowboy at heart. He was self-less and kind, always thinking of others before ever giving a single thought to himself. He was a spiritual man and one of the most Christ-like men his children ever knew. He embodied the scripture, “he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.” (D&C 59:23) His grandchildren will always remember their special birthday dates with grandpa. Other friends and family will remember his incredibly sincere and thoughtful notes and cards.

Whether he was hunting or horseback riding, outdoors in the mountains or in the marsh, Rob pursued life with unparalleled passion. Doing a half-way decent job was never good enough for him, he always gave 110% to everything he did. Rob will always be known as an animal lover, with an unmatched ability to work with animals of all kinds. He trained (hundreds of)dogs, from household pets to hunting and guard dogs. He also helped train canine units for the police department and even trained movie-star dogs! Always the entrepreneur, Rob started and successfully ran many small businesses, often running 2 or more simultaneously. Rob also enjoyed working with his hands and was a talented craftsman and artist. He was a skilled handyman; fixing cars, making repairs, and building things around his house and for his businesses. He found enjoyment in the simple things of life, good conversation with an ice-cold Vanilla Coke in hand!

Rob will be missed beyond measure. May we all take the lyrics to one of his favorite Chris Ledoux songs to heart:

“Sit tall in the saddle; hold your head up high. Keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky, and live like you ain’t afraid to die. And don’t be scared, just Enjoy Your Ride.”

Rob is survived by his mother Lynne Richards; his children, Jeremy and Sarah Richards, Travis and Brynn Richards, Candace and Merrill Scott; his grandchildren, Isabelle and Rick Ferguson, Lilianna, Ava and Bentley Richards, Tannon, Grayson and Willow Richards, Jenni, Samson, Charles and Lucy Scott; his great-grandchildren Collins and Bowie Ferguson; his siblings, John and Shauna Richards, Michael and Karrie Richards, Mark and Colleen Richards, Deborah Rienzo, Katherine and Dave Christenson, Michelle and Jeff Lund; his mother and father-in-law Marilyn and Lawry Hunsaker; and many more family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his soulmate, Jenni Hunsaker; his father, LaMar Richards; and two brothers, Steve and David Richards.

There will be an open-house memorial service on Monday January 13th from 12-2 PM at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary (3401 S. Highland Drive, SLC). A headstone for Rob will be placed in Wasatch Lawn Cemetery, next to his beloved wife Jenni. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Rob’s name to Ducks Unlimited

  • FAMILY

  • Lynne Richards, Mother
  • Jeremy & Sarah Richards, Son
  • Travis & Brynn Richards, Son
  • Candace & Merrill Scott, Daughter
  • John & Shauna Richards, Sibling
  • Michael & Karrie Richards, Sibling
  • Mark & Colleen Richards, Sibling
  • Deborah Rienzo, Sibling
  • Katherine & Dave Christenson, Sibling
  • Michelle & Jeff Lund, Sibling
  • Marilyn & Lawry Hunsaker, Mother and Father In-Law
  • Robert is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as many other family members and friends who will cherish his memory.

Services

  • Open House Memorial Service Monday, January 13, 2020

Memories

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Colleen Richards

January 16, 2020

Rob was so kind to me when I married into the Richards family. He was the first to invite Mark and I over to their home for a barbecue so that we could get to know each other better. His thoughtfulness and kindness continued over the years. It was heartbreaking when Rob's sweet Jenni passed away but inspiring to watch Rob carry on as he lovingly cared for his three children. Rob will be sorely missed but we find great joy knowing that he has been reunited again with Jenni. I am sure that they will be close by as they continue to watch over their family and are looking forward with joyful anticipation for that special day when they will be together again as one eternal family. We love you Rob! Love, Colleen

Perry Van Schelt

January 15, 2020

We were so sad to come upon Rob's obituary this morning. I haven't seen in for years but have very fond memories of Rob. We met Rob around 1980 through his brother John. We were in the same ward with John at that time. I was proud to be able to design Rob's Fins Feathers and Fur logo at the very beginning of my career. We were all starting our careers at that time. We later reconnected with Rob and he helps us train our yellow lab. Only the fondest of memories of Rob. Much love and condolences to the family.

Sam Scott

January 13, 2020

Papa Rob I love you so very much. I want to give you a goodbye. My favorite memory of you is going shopping for my birthday, thank you for the Nintendo 2DS and the games. I love when you give me $2 bills when you come to my house. I will miss you!
Sam
Age 7

Charlie Scott

January 13, 2020

I love Papa Rob a lot. I really love him. I like when he gives me bubble gum. I liked to sit on his lap. I liked when he took me to get my storm trooper batman bear and driving in his car. I love him so much!
Charlie
Age 4

Jenni Scott

January 13, 2020

Papa Rob I miss you so much! A lot of my memory has you in it. One of my favorite memories is when we danced together. And another one of my favorite memory is when we got to go birthday shopping with you. :[ Love you so much Papa Rob
Love with all my heart,
Jenni
Age 9

Brynn Richards

January 12, 2020

Rob was one of the best people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. He simply could not have been kinder or more loving. I only knew him for 3 1/2 short years but he made it seem like I was always a part of his family. I am so thankful for these years having known him. I still have all the sweet cards and text messages he would send me I just don’t have the strength to open them up and read them yet but I’m so thankful I saved them to remind me and my children just how much he loved us. My kids are unfortunately too young to really remember him but oh how he loved them and they loved him. My heart breaks they won’t remember all the fun times they had with him or the silly playful moments or birthday shopping trips. The best grandpa and father in law. I will miss him dearly.

Mark Odle

January 12, 2020

Rob was a fine man and genuinely cared about his fellow man and his dogs.

Merrill Scott

January 12, 2020

Rob was best father-in-law I could possibly ask for. He had the simplest of ways of letting you know he cared and was thinking of you, whether it be stocking his fridge with your favorite drink (which he would never touch) in case you randomly dropped by, a birthday card with a heartfelt custom message, or a random phone call to ask the simplest of questions (which I know he already knew the answer to), but was obvious it was just to say hello. With the passing of my own father just over a year ago, Rob frequently checked in on me and always let me know there was an open channel for me to ask him for either career advice or even parenting advice -- and now my heart aches deeper knowing I've lost two dads in the last year.

What I think of most though with Rob is how kindness shaped his incredible daughter and my wife Candace. Rob was always there for her. He worked overtime in his parenting role, not only giving the kind of love only a dad can give, but also shaping Candace into the amazing nurturer as a mother and wife that she is today. His genuine love for my children taught me the power and effectiveness in parenting with kindness, praise, and patience before pressure, correction, and guilt. I'm glad his impact on my kids will be long lasting, even if they don't realize it.

I love you Rob, and miss you already. It has been a joy knowing you these last 12 years. I've got a case of Vanilla Coke in my fridge with your name on it, and I'll be sure to pour one out for you.

Shannon Fraley - Ruseler

January 12, 2020

To Rob’s dear family...I am sorry for your loss. Rob was a wonderful man. He believed in me and was most encouraging as he patiently taught me his skill of dog-training. He then allowed me the precious gift of working alongside him for many years before life moved me out of state. It is because of his kindness, patience and integrity that those are some of my most treasured memories. We wouldn’t know loss if we didn’t know love....I know he loved his family deeply!! So, I know your loss is great.

Kathy Crellin-Naughton

January 11, 2020

Jeremy, Travis & Candace - what a beautiful Tribute to your dad - what a gentle loving soul he was 🥰 He raised three amazing kids❤️ Jenni left you three in good hands❣️ It's hard to understand and it's hard to let go... it's hard to say good-bye- but you rest in the knowledge that you will all be together forever someday ❣️❤️❣️

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