Richard Lee Massey

Richard Lee Massey, 57 of Washington, Utah passed away at his home on Saturday, January 2, 2021. He was born on February 25, 1963 in Yuba City, California to Robert Franklin Massey and Barbara Ann Coffrin Walker. He married his loving wife Melanie Hansen on April 25, 1998 in Reno, Nevada.

Richard attended Yuba City High School and graduated in 1981. He proudly joined the United States Marine Corps shortly thereafter and retired in January of 2002 as a Gunnery Sergeant after just over 20 years of dedicated and honorable service to his country. His accomplishments, though numerous, encompass his character and commitment to service and the call of duty that he will always be remembered by. His military occupation was as a Combat Engineer, but his graduation from the Marine Security Guard School in Quantico, Virginia allowed him to serve for embassy duty as an MSG. While on embassy duty, he served first in Afghanistan and then in Costa Rica, and was deployed twice to work in the minefields of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Closer to home, he spent the later portion of his career recruiting and contributing to the strength of our Great Nation. He was awarded multiple Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals and was a pillar for the highest degree of professionalism.

Recruiting allowed him to experience the wonderful city of St. George firsthand where he made the decision to continue his service to the community. He became a Washington County Sheriff in 2005 and Toys for Tots coordinator in 2006. He will likely be known locally as the “Toys for Tots guy”, but his compassion and service has reached all members of the community, from those in need and other behind bars, to neighbors, friends, and family. When he did somehow find time for himself, seldom as it was, he loved hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with his father and brothers.

Richard is survived by his wife Melanie Hansen of St. George, UT; Father Robert (Marcy) Yuba City, CA; son Scott Massey (Amanda Clark), partner Ingrid Soares, (mother of Scott); stepson Zachary Duffy (Sami Record) St. George, UT; granddaughters Erica, Kelsey, and Mya Duffy St. George, UT; brothers Robert (Michele) Susanville, CA, Jerry (Christine) Wurzberg, Germany, Timothy (Misty) Portola, CA. He is preceded in death by his mother Barbara Ann Coffrin Walker, sister Angila Massey, and brother Benjamin Massey.

A Celebration of Life will be held at South Mountain Community Church on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 11:00 am.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude for the outpouring of support from the community; Washington County Sheriff’s Office, The Marine Corps League, South Mountain Community Church, and the countless others who have shown their love for Richard by being there for his family during this difficult time. Richard was known for loving and serving others with his whole heart, which is what ultimately failed him and took him from us all too soon. The best way to honor Richard’s memory is to show kindness to those around you today and every day just as he showed kindness to you.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign online guestbook at




11:00 am


South Mountain Community Church
3158 E 2000 S
St. George, Utah 84770


Guest Book

22 Responses

  1. You will be missed. We feel privileged to have known you . You have left behind a wonderful example for all of us to follow. You were always there to help those who needed help and served all of us by serving in our military, protecting our country. You gave hours of your time working to give children joy in the Toys for Tots program.

  2. Richard will be missed so much. Seeing him grow up with his brothers and loving the family that he supported so much our hearts will keep him in a special place and the angels gain a beauitful person. Thoughts and Prayers to the Massey family.

  3. It is with heavy hearts that we have to say good by my friend. It was a real pleasure working with you The time we spent at WCSO, and the many things I learned from you will never be forgotten. God be with you till we meet again.

  4. It is with heavy hearts that we have to say good by my friend. It was a real pleasure working with you The time we spent at WCSO, and the many things I learned from you will never be forgotten. God be with you till we meet again.

  5. Rick, you were a fine example setter for others to follow. Your friendly, calm demeanor helped people see the right way of doing things. I am glad to have known you at The Washington County Correctional Facility. Thank you for shining a light for all to see.

  6. Dude! Can’t believe this! We just reconnected a few years ago! Oh the memories of you, Rob, and Rod. I think Brad Krehe was involved at one time or another. Hearing of this breaks my heart knowing you had so much more to do in life. Our mutual friends and I will miss you terribly. I’m hoping you have found Pop by now and are watching over us all. Our hearts are still mending over pop. Maybe you 2 could sit on a bench and send comfort our way. I love ya bud, no doubt about it. I know others loved you so much more. We will continue on and keep you in our hearts, until we meet again bud….love you!

  7. My deepest condolences to the Massey family. Deputy Massey was a fantastic law enforcement officer, and a truly kind and decent man. I had the privilege of working with him when he served as a baliff for the Justice Court. If there was ever any concern with my safety, he would walk with me to my vehicle to make sure that I wasn’t given any problems from angry defendants. I never had to ask for his assistance, he would simply take the initiative if he believed there may be a problem. He will be missed in the community. Again, my deepest condolences to his family.

  8. May the Lord Always Watch Over You Rick & Your family It Was A Honor & Privilege To Know You We Met 14 Years Ago In Apple Valley You Use To bring Prisoners’ Out To Clean Up Streets

    I would Always See You memorial day & other Holidays Always Gave You a Salute & Always Had Great Respect For You & The Corp Will miss You very Much It A Honor To Meet You & Know You As A Friend . God Bless

  9. Time to come home dear brother
    Your tour of duty through
    You’ve given as much as anyone
    Could be expected to do

    Just a few steps further
    The smoke will start to clear
    Others here will guide you
    You have no need of fear

    You have not failed your brothers
    You clearly gave it all
    And through your selfless actions
    Others will hear the call

    So take your place of honor
    Among those who have gone before
    And know you will be remembered
    For now and evermore

  10. I was shocked to learn of the Gunny’s passing days ago. Reflecting on Rick, there is one thing he never new and that was selfishness. Southern Utah has lost a truly iconic man and he will be forever missed by those who knew him.
    Melanie and the Massey family, I hope you all find strength knowing how much love Rick shared and brought out in others. What an awesome man.
    Godspeed my brother, Semper Fi

  11. May you rest in peace. My deepest sympathy to your family and loved ones- grandkids.
    It was always nice to see you at the Washington co. fair and the Marine corp ball and toys for tots. Without fail you always asked how we were doing. I will miss your hugs. (Lynn) Your heart was bigger than life.
    We will miss you very much!!!!!
    Love, Danny, and Lynn

  12. Although we met with a wonderful goal to help those in need bringing the Toys for Tots foundation to the Elks Christmas disabled ARC function, you became a dear friend to us!!! You were full of love and devotion for helping with all in need! You created a wonderful partnership with the program I ran then, and every year continued to be a shining star in the lives of many!!! I am so happy that we were able to get together with you a few times this Christmas to help with the Toys for Tots delivery and funding! You have been a great inspiration for us with your heart of gold and we all will miss your beautiful soul!!!! RIP my friend- you will forever be in the hearts of many!!! ❤️

  13. Hearing of this as saddened me greatly, I think back to our youth, hunting fishing and off-roading. You were a great friend Richard, you are truly missed…

  14. Hearing of this has saddened me greatly, I think back to our youth, hunting fishing and off-roading. You were a great friend Richard, you are truly missed…

  15. We are neighbors of Rick and saw the fire truck lights right away. It took a few days to understand it. We had waved at him earlier that day. Rick was good to all that would let him in. He shared his time, truck and tools with me.
    His death has been a sort of motivation to me. In my belief system, passing is only a part of the whole scheme of existing. I believe he’s in the spirit world and has been greeted warmly. I aim to meet him there one day and say, ‘Look! I loved the way you loved, by taking care of the people in my walk of life!’ It’s been inspiring to see how many knew him and loved him. Rick, thanks for being you. Until we meet again. 💙

  16. What a great loss for our community and church family. Rick was an awesome man and had a passion for serving others as you can see from the life he led. We’re comforted by the fact Rick was a Christ follower and that we are only temporarily separated. Sending prayers to his wife Melanie, family and friends for peace, comfort and love during this difficult season. We’ll certainly miss Rick’s warm hello and big smile on Sundays. His was a life well done!

  17. Rick, You are dearly missed by so many! I am glad we had the privilege of getting to know you and live across the street from you for many years! I will cherish the memories made….My kids LOVED when you would being them over rootbeers or share whatever candies you had in your pocket. I will miss the hours of conversation that usually took place in the middle of the road and would go into late hours of the night! I would appreciate if you could just give a slight nudge to remind me to close my garage, instead of the pounding on my door at 2am! But what ever you find fitting we will take because we know you will continue to watch over everyone. Our life’s are better because our paths crossed and we are thankful for that!

  18. Rick,
    Thanks for always helping us out and being an amazing person. My scouts will always remember the day that ‘Officer Rick’ came in and put them all in handcuffs and talked to them about the Marines and being a Sherriff. You truly had a great love for people and your community. You were a great neighbor and a great friend. We were truly blessed to know such a great man. Until we see you again.

  19. Wow I’m in such shock to find this article my heart goes out to his wife and family I met Rick at Homedepot he was a new hire I had to show him how things work he later left there to pursue the sheriff station down at the pergatory where I would run into him again he was the nite watch and visitation officer so I can visit my brother he was Also my old neighbor Steve’s best friend they would run the toys for tots I’ don’t have the words way to young to leave us you will be missed for sure

  20. Although I only met you once, I felt a connection right a way. As a friend of Rob’s, I could see how he loved and appreciated you when he spoke about you. I can see by the comments from many people that you left a real impression on thousands of people who you came into contact with you. Thanks for being a servant on this earth for God, Country, Family and Community. Rest In Peace Richard.

  21. Rick was a great guy who did so much for so many, who will feel his loss. My heartfelt condolences to Melanie and his family.
    Barbara H.

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