Richard Orton Batt was born January 9, 1936 in Cedar City, Utah to John Richard and Calma Orton Batt. Richard's dad was an aviation pioneer in Iron County and owned one of the first planes in the county. As a result, Richard grew up with a deep interest and love of all kinds of aircraft. He enjoyed spending time with his dad doing all things airplane! He also enjoyed photography and bought himself a still camera and a movie camera when he was in high school. He loved to take pictures and movies of his family and friends, but especially of his dad flying his plane. He met his eternal companion Barbara while they both attended Parown High School. After graduating he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints in the Northeast Area mission. He had many experiences on his mission that shaped his life forever. \n\nAfter returning from his mission, he married Barbara Jane Bayles on November 4, 1960. They were blessed with 3 children, Rich, Cindy, and Rachel. He enlisted in the United States Air Force.and they moved to Oklahoma. Richard trained to be an airplane mechanic and later worked for several airlines including Bonanza and Skywest. The family lived in Las Vegas NV, and Scottsdale, AZ before finally moving back to Parowan. Richard was a jack of all trades and after returning to Parowan, he began working for the US Park Service at Cedar Breaks. He performed all types of maintenance at the park for many years until retirement.\n\nRichard enjoyed spending time in the mountains and was an avid hiker and hunter. He could outhike anyone and always carried the heaviest backpack. He had many fond memories of time spent in the mountains with family and friends deer hunting. Richard was a skilled craftsman. He built their home in Parown. He also built and flew his own airplane and ultralight. He loved to build model airplanes for his grandchildren.\n\nRichard is survived by sisters, Bonnie Thornton and Donna Griffiths, daughter in law Sherri Batt, son in law Kelly Bradford, daughter Rachel Stull, grandchildren Charles Bradford, Mandy (Tyrel) Wilcox, Spencer (Shaley) Bradford, Logan (Ashley) Bradford, Porter Bradford, Joshua (Jocelyn) Batt, and 12 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Barbara, parents John and Calma, sibling Roger Batt, son Richard Batt, and daughter Cindy Bradford.\n\nA viewing will be held at Southern Utah Mortuary located in Parowan, Utah on Saturday, Dec 9th from 12:30-1:30pm. Graveside services will be conducted at 2pm in the Parowan City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.\n\nOnline condolences may be shared at www.mortuary.org.