Richard Lee Skankey1938 ~ 2012Our wonderful husband, dad, grandpa, brother and friend passed away peacefully at home on February 3, 2012. His life on earth was cut short by a glioma brain tumor. He was born November 1, 1938 in San Francisco, California to Alphonso Oliver Skankey and Marguerite Cooley. He was an independent and curious child with blonde, curly hair. He attended college in Utah, graduating from the University of Utah. He married Susan Maxwell in the Salt Lake Temple. Rich lived a full and fun life. He loved the outdoors and taught his children, countless Scouts and LDS Youth, the intricacies of camping. We enjoyed dutch oven meals and lessons on wildflowers, birds, and stars. He received the Silver Beaver Award and loved scouting. We will fondly remember his sense of humor, including the t-shirts he had for every occasion. Rich loved to travel and was full of adventure. We know he was ready for this new adventure, though there were many more we still hoped to have with him. He loved the Gospel. He served missions in Norway, Texas (with his wife and daughter Sally) and was currently serving in the InnerCity Mission Project. He volunteered weekly in the Salt Lake Temple for as long as his health permitted. His positive attitude was inspiring, his blue eyes shone to the end.He is missed by many, especially his loving wife and their nine children: Sally Skankey, Meg Chesley (Jim), Alan Skankey, Katie Holmes, Andrew Skanchy (Lara), Jane Rasmussen (John), Ned Skanchy (Brooklyn), Eric Skankey (Sarah) and Sean Skankey; his grandchildren: Max, Emma, Jordan, Oliver, Lucy, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Maggie, William and one arriving soon; brother Robert Skankey and sister Barbara Christensen. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Dian.Please visit with us between 10:00 and 11:30 on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at the Foothill Seventh Ward, 2215 Roosevelt Ave., Salt Lake City. A memorial service will then start at 12:00. Rich didn't want a viewing. He always said that if we had one, he would want his feet showing instead of his face. A private family burial will be held. No flowers please. Rich would rather you take a friend out to lunch, spend some thoughtful time outdoors, or go fly a kite (seriously-he loved kites).