Richard Alan James (July 8, 1926 – September 20, 2021)

Richard Alan James (July 8, 1926 – September 20, 2021)

Richard Alan James passed away September 20, 2021, in Payson, Utah. He was born July 8, 1926, at his parents’ home in Rock Springs, Wyoming, to Cecil and Lucie.

The James family moved to Young Avenue shortly after his birth and lived there for most of Richard’s youth. Richard attended Yellowstone School and Rock Springs junior and senior high schools where he graduated in 1944. He enrolled in the Army Air Corps eventually serving as a Navigator instructor.

Richard attended Brigham Young University where he graduated with a degree in Mathematics. He was active in Scouting, including serving as Jim Bridger Council President. Richard was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints. He worked for many years at Superior Lumber Company, a family business.

In 1948, Dick married Lorna Matkin in the Cardston, Alberta, LDS temple. Lorna was from Cardston. Together they taught their four children to serve and love the Lord. Dick loved working, camping, hunting and fishing in the Wind Rivers, visiting Yellowstone, serving others, visits with family and teasing Lorna.

Dick is survived by children Don (Rita) James, Kayleen McClure, Kent (Susie) James, and Sandy James; brother Tom (Roberta) James, sisters Lois Winfield, Joyce Ridge, Cheryl Snow, Cecile Scribner and many grand and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Cecil and Lucie; wife Lorna; son Alan; brothers-in-law Ernie Winfield, Richard Snow, Alfred Ridge and Doug Scribner; and grandchildren Cami Schlueter and Matthew James.

The funeral service will be celebrated Saturday, September 25, at 1 p.m. at the LDS Chapel at 870 East Canyon Road, Spanish Fork, Utah. A viewing will precede the service at 11:30 a.m. Internment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Springville, Utah.

A live link to the service will be found at:

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