Lynn S. Richards, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather, passed away May 26, 2001. He celebrated his 100th birthday February 3, of this year with his family of 193 and many dear friends.
He was born to Stephen L and Irene Merrill Richards in Salt Lake City. He was educated in city schools, LDS High School, graduated from BYU and received his law degree from Stanford. He has practiced law for the last 72 years in what is now Richards, Bird and Kump, closing up his office just two months ago. He was a State Senator, on the State Board of Education for 15 years, Chairman 2 years, founder and president of Investors and Insurers, president and manager of Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, president of National Cemetery Alliance, on the boards of Granite Furniture Company, Little America, and Sinclair Oil. He received the Distinguished Service Award from BYU. He was involved in writing legislation for Workman's Compensation and was counsel for the Motor Carriers in their dealings with the Interstate Commerce Commission. He has been a generous supporter of scholarships in business at both U of U and BYU.
He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern States, was bishop of University Ward and Federal Heights Ward. He served 10 years on the General Sunday School Board and was in the superintendency for an additional 20 years. He has been a member of SUP, SAR, Bonneville Knife and Fork Club, Rotary and many other clubs in the valley. His responsibilities have taken him around the globe.
He had a magnificent voice and sang opera at the University. He was a gracious, loving man and always interested in the people and the activities going on around him. He built a cabin in 1937 in Mt. Air Canyon and later cabins on the Hebgen Dam in Montana where he provided opportunities for the family to be together, play together and learn to work together. He has been a remarkable influence and example to all who have known him.
His dear wife, Lucille Covey, passed away 12 years ago. Their children are Stephen (Annette), Joseph (JoAnn), Rosalie (Jack Frost), Vickie (Stan Taylor), Joyce (Verl Shell), and Jim (Kay). He is survived by a sister, Allie Allen of Palo Alto, a sister-in-law, Mary Richards of Provo, and a brother, Philip Richards of Salt Lake City.
Services will be Fri. June 1, 2001, 1 p.m. at the Federal Heights LDS Ward chapel, 1300 E. Fairfax Rd. Friends may call Thurs. 6-8 p.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Dr. and 10:30-11:45 a.m. prior to services Fri. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.