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Richard F Savage

March 9, 1944 — July 28, 2020

Richard Savage

Monroe, Utah

Richard F. Savage passed away on the morning of July 28, 2020 in Richfield, Utah after a long struggle with many health complications. He was born on March 9, 1944 to Lois Martha Becker and Floyd James Savage, and was lovingly raised by his step-father, Archie Eugene Bates and his mother. His uncle, Jim Becker, was also a positive influence in his life. His siblings, Ann (Franklin) Stephens, Steven (Debra Warren) Bates, and Ellen Bates were some of his dearest friends. He was born in Hawthorne, California, and lived in California for most of his life, including Placentia, Bishop, Weimar, Grass Valley, and Roseville. He retired in Monroe, Utah, a place that he came to love dearly.

Richard attended Valencia High School in Placentia, California and graduated in the class of 1962. He enjoyed playing sports in high school and especially loved playing football. He was honored to make All League in Orange County during his senior year.

His childhood group of friends meant the world to him. Richard often shared stories of his adventures growing up in Orange County, working and playing in the orange groves. He enjoyed camping and swimming in the Santa Ana River with his childhood friends. As a teenager and adult, he loved driving dune buggies with this group of friends in California at Pismo Dunes, Baja, and Anza Borrego and at the Colorado River. Richard enjoyed participating in "monthly dinners" where he would reminisce and spend time with his dear friends until recently. These friendships lasted a lifetime, and we believe they will last forever.

Richard attended Fullerton Junior College, in Fullerton, California where he received formal training in welding and metal fabrication. He was a hard worker who took great pride in everything he did professionally. He made his family proud as he mastered his craft.

Among his greatest accomplishments in life was the family he created. On May 27, 1967, Richard married his sweetheart, Dianna Lynn Shafer in Placentia, California. They are the proud parents of Evelyn (Scott) Norris, Paul Richard Savage, Amber (Craig) Clifford, and Leah (David) Kimball. Richard and Dianna were sealed to each other and their children for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles, California LDS Temple on June 5, 1971. The girls loved working with their dad and joining him on his adventures. Richard was also a wonderful Papa to six granddaughters, four grandsons, two step-grandsons, and one great-grandson who he lovingly called "meatballs." The meatballs loved to hear his stories, play with his dog, and spend time with him outdoors.

Richard will always be remembered as a free-spirit, someone who loved adventure. He loved participating in Scouting, fishing, and hunting (even though the thrill of a kill evaded him his whole life). One of his greatest joys in life was going to the beaches in California. He loved swimming, body surfing, and spending time with family at the beach. He enjoyed creating and building new things, and he loved to share what he made with his family.

Richard was a man who loved life and made the most of it. He loved to smile, joke, and laugh. That is how his family and those who loved him will always remember him. He was preceded in death by his mother, step-father, father, son, sister, and brother-in-law who he is surely happy to be reunited with. He will be remembered and forever loved as a wonderful son, husband, father, brother, uncle, Papa, and dear friend.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Richard’s honor in Corona, California. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com

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