In Memory

Richard Anderson

Richard B. Anderson


Richard B. Anderson


1942 — 2017

Richard Brian Anderson, age 75, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and teacher passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 from complications of a stroke. Richard was born to Golden and Charlet Anderson in Green River, Wyoming on February 10, 1942. He lived in Green River until he was 2 years old when his family moved to Provo, Utah where he was raised and graduated from Provo High School and Brigham Young University.

Richard was married to Carol Anne Day from 1963 to 1985. They had two daughters, Cheryl Hollinger and Jan Anderson, and remained life-long friends. He was married to Laraine Sharpton from 1996 to 2013.

Richard moved to Salt Lake City after graduating from BYU where for over 30 years he taught English at both Skyline and Granger High School. Ten of the 30 years were spent teaching in the Home Instruction Program. He loved and was so proud of his chosen profession, and felt blessed to be able to enrich the lives of his students. During the years he was teaching he also obtained a Master’s Degree in Literature from the University of Utah.

Richard loved to write poetry, histories, and short-stories. His writings were beautiful, soulful, honest, and inspiring. He had a few of his poems published for which he was very honored. He was a veracious reader, which is evident in his library of books.

Fishing at Mirror Lake, hiking in his treasured red rocks of Southern Utah and the Wasatch Mountains, and traveling with his family were some of his greatest joys. He and his family traveled to Europe several years over summer breaks, primarily to England where they walked in the shadows of the great poets, playwrights and authors.

Richard is survived by his beloved daughters, Cheryl Hollinger and Jan Anderson; his grandchildren, Kylee Edwards (Spencer) and Mason Hollinger; his great-granddaughter, Jordyn Edwards, his sisters, Annette Anderson Ashton (Gary) and Charlene Anderson Rynders (Greg); brother, Tom Anderson (Lynn); and sister-in-law, Lynn Anderson (Gary). He was also loved by his many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gary; and his parents, Golden and Charlet Anderson.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Chapel, 4760 S. State Street in Murray, Utah. Visitation with family will begin at 12:00 p.m. followed by a celebration of his life at 1:00 p.m. Online condolences may be shared at

Richard attended our 50th Reunion at the Provo Library and read two of his poems at our 55th Reunion at Riverside.  We will miss him very much.  He was a class act!

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12/03/17 07:41 AM #1    

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12/03/17 07:46 AM #3    

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Bob Valentine, Dennis Payne, Dave Madsen, Patti Murphy Florence and Gary Stott at Richard Anderson's memorial service on December 2, 2017 in Murray.  Carol Ann Day was there, too, busy receiving relatives and friends.  Richard's daughter Jan Anderson gave a fascinating and detailed account of his life.  We met many relatives and friends.  Richard's remains will be buried later in a private ceremony.

12/03/17 10:18 PM #4    

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From Richard Anderson Hintze on December 3, 2017 after I sent him a 1953-1954 Joaquin class picture.


Wow, every one of my neighborhood friends are included but there must have been another class, because Ray and I are not in this one.

Thx for sending, sorry I did not get to Richard Andersons event, my son and family from Georgia were in on Saturday and we had plans with them for the day, really wanted to be there. My full name is Richard Anderson Hintze so I had a lot in common with Richard who was in our neighborhood and ward. We also had a most memorable trip with him as 15 year olds on a hike to the Uintah Mountains, our scout advisor was a world explorer and took us  on a week camp to grand daddy lake area. Our leader decided to hike to a distant lake on Tuesday morning and told us all to be back to camp before dark, well he was not there until after 10 and the other missing person was Richard Anderson. We all hoped he had decided to go with our leader to the distant lake and when we inquired he indicated that Richard had indeed began the hike with him but decided somewhere along the way that he was not enjoying the event and asked our leader if he could go home and the leader said (YES). So he left him and Richard started on the 14 mile trial to the trail head east of Duchene, which meant he would also need to hitch hike from Duchene to Provo. Now we were not new to loosing a scout in the Uintah Mountains, some 2 years earlier, Bruce Bingham became separated from our group as we were hiking to Fern Lake and decided he would also try and go home alone. He was lost for 3 days and nights with over 800 searcher looking for him by the third day, and they decided to call off the search at the end of that day, fortunately he found his way to a ranch house and was recovered on the evening of the third day. Now we inquired of our leader ,since we were not going home until Saturday evening, how would we know if Richard even got out off the mountain safely, let alone home to Provo. Oh, he replied, quess I did not think about that. We spent 4 mostly sleepless nights in camp until we got to the first ranch house at the bottom and made a phone call to Richard's parents, fortunately he had made it home on the first day but mom and dad were not happy campers over the experience, as expected. Our leader was soon released from our explorer program.  

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