In Memory

Richard Roy Hoover


Dear Classmates:

La Donna Houtz Rawlings sent this to me today, August 8, 2013.  I did not know that Richard had passed away.  He was a good friend to all of us.  I visited him in his home about three years ago.  Please add your comments about Richard.  His wife is Sharn Huff.  They lived at 4926 Pinewood Drive, Taylorsville, UT 84123.

Bob Valentine

Highland, UT 84003

801-494-7045 -


"I haven't noticed that anyone posted anything about Richard Hoover's death.  In the BYU magazine it mentioned Richard Roy Hoover as having passed away, so I looked it up in the obits.  The info is so sketchy, but the comments on the side were written to Sharn, and I see on your info that that is his wife.  The obit was listed in SL Tribune on Sept. 2, 2012.  He died Aug 27, 2012.

In classes I took with Richard we usually sat in alphabetical order and Hoover and Houtz names usually put us together.  He always made me laugh.  Years later I went to his mission farewell.  I remember he went to Central German Mission, the mission where I had gone.

Maybe this was reported somewhere, but if so, I missed it.

I still enjoy looking up people in our class.  Thanks for getting this started."


LaDonna Houtz Rawlings

August 8, 2013

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08/08/13 12:58 PM #1    

Robert Y Valentine

Richard Roy Hoover 
(November 4, 1941 - August 27, 2012)


U.S. VeteranRichard Roy Hoover passed away August 27, 2012 in Taylorsville, Utah. He was born November 4, 1941 in Provo, Utah to Wells Frank and Maude Chappell Hoover. He married the love of his life, Sharn Laraine Huff in the LDS Salt Lake City Temple on May 15, 1970.

Richard attended Provo High School graduating in 1960, Brigham Young University graduating in 1969 and served an honorable mission to Germany in 1966. He served in the Utah National Guard from 1964 – 1970. Richard was employed at JC Penney in management for 30 years and See’s Candy for 10 years. While at JC Penney he was honored for hundreds of hours as Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce West Fest Christmas Parade.

Richard served as an LDS Bishop twice and served as a High Priest. His hobby was Christmastime and he loves Christmas sparkles. He participated in the Festival of Trees for many years. He loves floats for Christmas, 4th of July and the 24th of July, Fashion Shows for JC Penney and he was a wonderful Grandpa!

He is survived by his wife, Sharn, and his four sons, Richard Wells (Salli), Troy John (Stephanie), Todd Alton (Erica) and Ryan Royal Hoover, all of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Troy Jr. who was his best buddy, and Cayla who is Grandpa’s little sweetheart as they shared the same birthday. Oh, how Grandpa loves his two grandchildren and they love him! He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Evelyn Hoover of Provo, Utah.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 11:00 a.m., with a viewing prior at 9:30 a.m. at the Taylorsville 1st Ward Chapel located at 4845 Woodhaven Drive, Taylorsville, Utah. Interment will be Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Spanish Fork City Cemetery, Spanish Fork, Utah. For more information see




08/08/13 02:44 PM #2    

Robert Y Valentine

Dear Diane:   Bonnie (Green), Marilyn (Hall), Kathy (Davis) and you and I had some good times at PHS!  


Bob Valentine

On Aug 8, 2013, at 12:52 PM, Diane Moon wrote:

Bob, thank  you for keeping on with the PHS website.  I appreciate all the news.
Richard Hoover was in my ward when I was going to PHS, and was such a delight to be around.  He was so uplifting and could make anyone laugh!  I'm sure that was his gift and calling in life - to make others laugh.  What a special person.  The world needs more people like Richard.
Thanks again for all you do to keep us all connected.
Diane (Lund) Moon

08/08/13 02:47 PM #3    

Robert Y Valentine

Dear Dee:


Richard, indeed, was a delightful person.  Bob


On Aug 8, 2013, at 1:23 PM, H Dee Johnston wrote:

Thanks for this info. Richard was one of those close friends who made everyone laugh. I got to know him through Leon (Chris) Harrison, and he was just so much fun. He was zany, witty and seemed to enjoy life. I am sorry to hear he is gone.

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