Richard “Rick” Lee Irish, 75, passed away March 23, 2021 in St. George, Utah. He was born to Mabel Harris and Melvin Irish on January 10, 1946 in Twin Falls, Idaho. He married his best friend and love of his life, Roberta “Robbie” Dix on March 7, 1981. Their marriage was solemnized in the St. George Temple on July 14, 1999.
Rick was best known for his sense of humor and kept everyone entertained with his quick wit. His greatest joy in life was his family.
He was drafted into the army and served two years as a missile operator, stationed in Okinawa, Japan, during the Vietnam conflict.
He loved spending his time riding around in the hills and spotting deer. He also loved serving his community and ward family. Rick served in the Lion’s Club for many years, where he held multiple positions—the proudest of which was district governor, where he made many friends. To know him was to love him.
He and his wife Robbie, also served a service mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 12-step program. There he helped others who were struggling with addiction by sharing his own previous personal struggles with addiction.
Rick is survived by his loving wife, Robbie; children: April (Mike) Thomas, Kristy (Johnny) Gann, Brent Irish, Marsue (Clay) Wachter, Shannon Fisher; grandchildren: Krista Begley, Andie Thomas, Ethan Thomas, Trevin Gann, Jaden Gann, Kassy Gann, Dillin Gann, Mareigh Wachter, Connor Irish; great-grandchildren: Tanner, Maddie, Delylah; siblings: Margaret (Bill) Sayler, Georgie (Rick) Dalton, Ben Irish, Rhonda Stephens, Cindy Irish, Judy Irish; mother-in-law, Ileta Dix.
Preceded in death by his parents; brother, Larry Irish; sister, Beverly Jane Irish.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the Panguitch 1st Ward Chapel, 550 South 100 West, where friends may call from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Panguitch City Cemetery with military honors by the Panguitch American Legion Post #25 and Utah Honor Guard. Live streaming of the services and online guestbook can be found at www.maglebymortuary.com under Rick’s obituary. Due to COVID-19, all attendees must wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.