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Bill Richardson

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William Reed Richardson

April 6, 1949 - February 2, 2002    

William Reed Richardson, 52, passed away February 2, 2002, at his home in Stansbury Park, Utah,
surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer.

Born April 6, 1949 in Murray, Utah, to Reed S. Richardson and Clella M. Widerburg. He married Marie B. Anvik in the Salt Lake Temple November 5, 1971. They are the parents of three sons. Professionally, he was a homebuilder and developer in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and California. After living out of state for ten years, he returned to Utah in 1992 and seeded the growth now seen in Tooele County. He entered the construction business while still in high school, working on the David O. McKay Hospital. After graduation from high school, he attended the University of Utah, and worked in construction during the summer months. He worked his way up into construction management and for the past ten years was the Utah Division President for John Laing/Watt Homes and most recently Centex Homes. He was a man who loved people, life, his family, and most of all the Lord, which was reflected through his conscientious lifelong service to the LDS Church. Bill served as a missionary in Bolivia from 1967-1969. He served in many church leadership positions from the time he was 12 years old. He was a Bishop twice, served in several Stake Mission presidencies in Colorado, California, and Utah, and most recently served as First Councilor to the last two full time Mission Presidents for the Salt Lake City Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He loved associating with the missionaries, especially those who spoke Spanish. He was fluent in Spanish and used it frequently throughout his life. Many people were amazed at how well he spoke. He spoke in many Spanish firesides and meetings and took every opportunity to converse in the language. He loved the Spanish speaking people. Bill loved the outdoors, astronomy, and scouting. He was an excellent example to young men of loving, stalwart service. He funded not only his sons' missions, but several other young men as well. He sponsored many Eagle Scout projects, community events and park construction through his work. He had an astounding eye for detail and amazing powers of planning and visualization. His homes won many national awards for energy efficiency. He was dedicated to customer service and was never above rolling up his sleeves to help fix problems or help people in difficulty. As a husband and father, he excelled. He was loving and kind and raised a family who are a credit to him. He loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He loved people and they responded to him. Those who knew him well considered him one of the finest people they have known. He will be greatly missed by family and friends alike. He is survived by his wife and children: Mitchell (Audrey Rock) of Stansbury Park; Erik (Maggie Merrell) of Kirksville, Missouri; Colin (Brooke Parsons) of Taylorsville; his brother Dennis; father Reed and stepmother Ann Dias; and two grandchildren, Sophie and Alec. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Funeral to be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 7, 2002, at the Stansbury Park Stake Center, (corner of State Road 138 and Stansbury Park Way.) Viewing to be held at Broomhead Funeral Home, Wednesday, February 6, 2002 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (12600 So. 2200 W.) and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to funeral services at the Stake Center.

One of Bill's favorite charities was the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund, a scholarship fund recently created to enable young people from third world countries to further their education and thereby raise their standard of living. If anyone wishes to contribute to this fund in lieu of flowers, Bill would be pleased. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery, Salt Lake City.

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07/18/12 03:34 PM #1    

Crista Loucks (Abbott)

Bill was one of our neighborhood friends.  I remember him as being a tall, quiet, nice boy.  He died of melanoma, I am told. 

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