Richard Conley Watts
12/10/2019

Richard Conley Watts passed away on December 10, 2019 from a ruptured aorta. He was born May 30, 1936 to Barbara Parkinson Watts and Conley Watts. He married Jan Johnson Watts in Logan, Utah on August 4, 1974, beginning their 45-year love story.

Richard was raised in a tight-knit family, creating countless stories thanks to the incredible bond he had with his siblings. His dad’s lumber yard, coupled with his desire to be his own boss, inspired him to create the first “Design Build” commercial company in the state: Watts Construction Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. A visionary, he relocated the company to Saint George, Utah in hopes of capitalizing on the potential growth there. Richard loved people and saw clients as friends, which quickly made him and the company steadfast staples in the community. Richard loved Saint George, and often gave back to the community he believed cultivated him.

A dream chaser for himself and all those around him, Richard rooted for everyone, especially his family. He was often the catalyst that gave others the confidence to go for it, and was happiest when others succeeded. His love and devotion for his family was apparent in him never missing a moment, big or small. He was always there in support. Always.

Richard loved watching sports (preferably from the sidelines while rooting for family), sunshine (sitting outside in the yard or going for walks), good food, sweet treats, flowers in bloom, history, and getting lost on long drives. He had an insatiable desire for knowledge, reading, and exploring, and was continually evolving.

He is survived by his wife Jan and daughter Jessica, as well as children from a prior marriage, Chris, Doug, Tracy (Coulam), and Eric. Countless grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, and his siblings Joe, Gary, Barbara (Kerr), and Steve also survive him.

The family will hold a private celebration of life in lieu of a public funeral out of respect for Richard’s wishes.

Arrangements are with Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George (435) 673-2454.

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11 Responses

  1. Good Ol Richard, I’ve known this great man since 1993. Scared the shit out of me first time I met him setting up his computer came right out and asked me if I knew what the fuck I was doing. LOL, One of my fondest memories of him. Listening to him & Draney argue was also one of my great pleasures. I was his computer guy for as long as I can remember and loved to listen to him tell stories or talk politics. I will miss him dearly, what a wonderful human… God Speed Richard….. Love ya.

  2. First time I met Rich I was taking his granddaughter (Rachel) out for a high school dance. Sat down in his living room, he came in glared at me for a good minute or two before he smiled and asked “Want some wine? Get loose before the dance!?” Always a fun guy to talk story with.

  3. Richard was an outstanding individual, easy to talk to and easy to be around. I got acquainted with him as Watts and Winding River Properties worked together. He will be missed. Especially sorry to hear of his passing and offer my condolences to his family.

  4. Richard was a special man in his chosen profession or for that matter in any profession. He was scrupulously honest and straightforward. He was not pretentious and invariably in my contacts with him he was smiling. My condolences to his family. I know Doug and he emulates his father’s values. Where Richard is bound, that place will be a happier, brighter place upon his arrival.

  5. Richard was a special man in his chosen profession or for that matter in any profession. He was scrupulously honest and straightforward. He was not pretentious and invariably in my contacts with him he was smiling. My condolences to his family. I know Doug and he emulates his father’s values. Where Richard is bound, that place will be a happier, brighter place upon his arrival. Mike hughes

  6. Our hearts go out to the entire Watts Family. Richard and Doug have meant allot to the Ganowsky Family. We are forever in your debit Richard was a great man and accomplished great things. We wish you the best during this time.

  7. Elaine & Ralph Tucker
    Richard, We admired you, enjoyed working with you, appreciated your council, and will miss you. Bless you!!

  8. We had the pleasure of working with Richard on some projects and found him to be the builder you always hope you’ll find. Watts Construction’s reputation for quality is based on Richard’s drive and expertise. Plus he was a lot of fun to work with. That makes a big difference on a big project.

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