Richard James Garrett passed away on October 23, 2023 at the age of 86. He showed tremendous courage and perseverance in the last few years with health challenges. He met each circumstance with hope, patience and a grateful heart for all those who were helping him through this difficult journey. He amazed us all as he continued pushing through each new struggle without complaint. We are so grateful for all of the medical professionals, friends, family and caregivers who lovingly cared for our dad, husband, friend, and grandpa as his health declined.\n\nRichard was born on October 12, 1937 and was raised in Nephi, Utah where he learned to love the Savior, learned the importance of family and the value of working hard.\nHe helped on the family farm and loved being involved in sports, being outdoors and hunting on Mt. Nebo. He graduated from Juab High School and then attended Utah State University, where he played on the basketball team. After finishing his first year of college he served a mission in the Eastern States Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When he returned home he transferred to Brigham Young University where he graduated with a degree in Psychology. During this time he also joined the National Guard and proudly served his country for a short time. After college and serving in the guard he went on to receive a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. It was during his time at BYU, on a visit home, that he met a brown eyed beauty from Delta. They fell in love and he didn’t waste any time proposing. He and Gayle Johnson married on September 9, 1961 in the Manti Temple and they started building what would be 62 years of a beautiful long life together. They raised 8 children and spent most of their lives in Cedar City, Utah. He worked for the State of Utah as a social worker for 40 years, counseling and helping others through difficult circumstances. His patience, kindness, and wisdom drew people to him and benefited all who needed extra help, support and a listening ear. After retiring he and Gayle served a mission to St. George, they served at the visitor center, temple, and the historical sites.\n\nThose who knew Richard didn’t find it difficult to see what he loved most, it was his family and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He spent a lifetime serving in the church and loving and serving his family. His legacy of hard work, love of family and love of the Savior Jesus Christ will be remembered and carried on through his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He has left an unforgettable legacy and light that will carry on for generations.\n\nRichard is survived by his wife; Gayle Johnson Garrett and his children, Kyle (Suzette), Kevin (Cheryl), Allen (Tonya), Scott (Marney), Eric (Erica), Todd (Haley), Tiffani (Mike), and Angelene (Brian). He is also survived by his sister Bonnie Smith and Sister-in-law Connee Garrett, and by 37 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He leaves behind many who will miss him dearly.\n\nHe is preceded in death by his parents; Floyd and Norma Garrett, his seven brothers, brother-in-law and his grandson Jordan Garrett.\n\nA viewing will be held at Southern Utah Mortuary in Cedar City on Friday, October 27th, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm and funeral services will be held at the Cedar Stake Center, located at 155 East 400 South, on Saturday, October 28th at 11:00 am. There will be a short viewing before from 9:30-10:30. Interment will be at the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.