Deseret News, 08/30/17
Richard Lee Hart Obituary
Oct. 27, 1931 ~ Aug. 23, 2017
Richard Lee Hart was born October 27, 1931 in Paris, Idaho to Etta Elizabeth Poulsen and Albert Leslie Hart. He grew up in a small farming community in Raymond, Idaho with his parents and brother, James Robert. He died in the early morning hours of August 23, 2017, four weeks following the death of his beloved wife, LaRae. They were married and sealed as eternal companions on March 14, 1956 in the Logan Utah Temple. Richard was small in stature, but those who knew him, considered him to be a giant of a man. He had a tremendous amount of fight in him as he endured many years of illnesses.
Richard's main focus throughout life were the Lord, his family and serving in various positions within the LDS church. He served in the Granger 2nd Ward as Ward Clerk, Bishopric Counselor and later became the Bishop, serving in these two positions for 11 years. These years were some of the most enjoyable of his life. He loved being the Bishop and had an especially good relationship with the Young Men.
He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees from early in teenage years. He particularly enjoyed Family Friday Night Dinners and going out to eat, especially on vacation. He would be thinking about the next meal as soon as the one he was eating was over. He had a great love for reading many books about history, especially the World Wars and reviewing yearly statistics from the Almanac.
Richard had a few different jobs, working at a gas station (7 days a week for $175/month), as a laborer, and as the inventory buyer/manager for McKesson & Robbins Wholesale Drug, where he worked for 33 years and had many close friends. Following an early retirement, due to health concerns, he served 23 years as a Jordan River Temple ordinance worker, where he cherished many friendships there.
Richard is survived by his children - Mitchell (Michele); Maurine, Karen, 9 grandchildren and their spouses; six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, LaRae and son, Kent (Giovanna).
A viewing will be held on Friday, September 1 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Valley View Funeral Home, 4335 West 4100 South, West Valley City, UT. A viewing will also be held on Saturday, September 2 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. with the funeral following at 12:00 p.m. at the LDS Jordan North Stake Center, 3900 South 4000 West. Interment will be held at Valley View Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider a generous donation to the LDS Humanitarian Aid Fund, https://www.ldsphilanthropis.org/humanitarian-services.html
Published in Deseret News on Aug. 30, 2017