John Richard Calder1932 ~ 2011An uncommonly curious man, a seeker of truth and one who stood up for what he considered to be right, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday, December 11, 2011. He will be missed by so many of us. John Richard Calder was born in Salt Lake City on November 4, 1932 to David Hamilton Calder and Kathleen Ellen Parry Calder. His early years were spent in Vernal, Utah but the family later settled in Provo. He graduated from Provo High and was going to BYU when drafted into the Army during the Korean War. Following his discharge he graduated from BYU and then attended UCLA where he received his Masters degree and pursued his PhD in History. He later graduated from the University of Utah Law School and practiced law in Salt Lake City. Richard never stopped learning and right up to his death studied history, physics, biology, philosophy and religion several hours a day. He loved to travel and went to many interesting places worldwide with his wife or brother, Mike. He has now embarked on the most marvelous journey of all. He was a member of the Utah History Association, the Mormon History Association, the John Whitmer Historical Association, Sons of Utah Pioneers, and he was an active member of the LDS church. He is survived by his wife, Jane Harrison Calder, whom he married on June 23, 1959 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They have four wonderful children: Susan Calder Nicholes (Brad), Steven Richard Calder (Sara), Diane Calder Samie, and Thomas Harrison Calder. There are also twelve grandchildren: Christopher, Alex, Katelyn and Brendan Nicholes; Leah, Steven, Benjamin, Amalia, Angelina and Joshua Calder; Sheyda and Harrison Samie. He is also survived by sisters Colleen Marshall (Jim), Suzanne Liechty (Jay), Sally Joyce Bradshaw (Mike) and brother Mike Calder. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Parry Calder. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 20 at 12:00 noon at the East Millcreek 11th Ward, 2700 East Evergreen Avenue (3500 South), Salt Lake City. There will be a viewing Monday, December 19 from 6:00PM-8:00PM at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, and also from 10:45AM-11:45AM at the church Tuesday morning. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
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