Richard Morgan Lee
09/18/2020

Hurricane, UT:  Richard Morgan Lee age 92 was called home by his Heavenly Father on Friday, September 18, 2020.  He was born March 23, 1928 to Franklin and Mable Morgan Lee in St. George Utah.  Richard was married to Rosemary Spears Church Lee, on August 22, 1950 in the St. George Temple.  Richard was the middle child, with 3 older sisters Stella, Margaret, Elizabeth, brothers Afton and Wayne, and younger sisters Dorothy and Dixie

Richard lived his entire life in Hurricane Utah, except for the time he spent serving his country and the missions he served for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He was a great storyteller and could tell stories about early life in Hurricane and knew most of the original families that settled here.  Richard attended school in Hurricane but left school to help his father on the farm. He worked for many years for Scholzen Products hauling parts and freight to California and places in between.

Richard and Rosemary were blessed with one son, Kevin Richard born in April of 1957. Kevin was always the light of his father’s life and Richard and Rosemary followed him around to horse shows, football, wrestling and rodeos to watch and support their son.

Richard was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed serving in his ward in the Primary.  He especially loved the little children and they would flock around him on Sunday to get a pink candy that he kept in his pocket for them.  Richard loved to hunt and spend time at their cabin on Kolob Mountain.  He loved his family and friends and would do anything for them, especially if it was service without notice.  He had a tender heart for those less fortunate and would often go to cut wood but seemed to rarely bring any home with him for their own fireplace, but many widows in the community always had wood to burn.

He is survived by son Kevin (Kris) Lee, Jackson, WY, adopted daughter Ginny (Marty) Bernstein, Midvale, UT, 6 grandchildren: Stacy (Mike) Allen, UT, Hana (Morgan) McCain, AZ, Levi (Stacie) Scott, ID, Raliegh (Sharyl) Scott, ID, Brett (Joelle) Bernstein, UT, Michael Bernstein, UT and 13 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, parents, 5 sisters and 2 brothers.

There will be a graveside service on Saturday September 26, 2020 at 11 am at the Hurricane Cemetery where he will be laid to rest beside his darling wife.  We are requesting that face coverings be worn for the safety of all.

As a family we are grateful to the doctors, nurses and caregivers that have cared for Dad for the past year.  It has been a relief to know they have been providing him great care while we were so far away.  We are grateful for the friends and family that were able to visit him before the pandemic.  He so missed their visits after the shutdown.

Our hearts are full of love for all who have been their friends and adopted family members over the years.  Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

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

Services

Visitation

Services

11:00 a.m.
20200926

Address

Hurricane City Cemetery
225 E 600 N, Hurricane, UT 84737

Cemetery

Hurricane City Cemetery
225 E 600 N, Hurricane, UT 84737

Guest Book

13 Responses

  1. How I loved this man. Such an example. We went back to Nauvoo when he and his lovely wife Rosemary were there. How he made feel lived and accepted. He will be missed. He is with his sweetheart.

  2. I think of him every Fast Sunday because he’d slip me the pink candy and say, “Eat it fast.”😉 How we loved him! He was incredibly generous and caring.

  3. How I love Richard and Rosemary Lee. I called him my primary bouncer, because he could handle any age of a child with love. He would walk in the classroom and the kids would all yell “Richard Richard.”!I told him I was going to put a bag of those pink candies in his casket! So glad he’s with his dear Rosie now.

  4. DAVID SCHOLZEN
    I worked with Richard for a lot of years. He was always good to me. Called me King David. Lots of good memories.
    He picked me up one New Years Day and asked if I would like to go to a rodeo at Dixie Downs? I told him I would love it and he said you better get your spurs. When we got there he sighed me up for Bull Riding and I took first place. I just got a good Bull, but we had a great time. I could go on and on. I love Richard Lee.

  5. Richard Lee and his beautiful wife, Rosemary, are 2 of my favorite people! What would I have done without him as the Primary President all those years ago??? Those pink candies were so appreciated by me. Long after we had moved from Hurricane, we met up with them in Nauvoo, Illinois. They were missionaries at the time. They fed us a lovely meal in their apartment and we came home laden with handcrafted jewelry from the master blacksmith! Such happy memories with such fine people. I love them both so and am happy I had the chance to know them. My condolences to the family.

  6. Kevin and family, me and my wife loved your mother and dad a lot! Never forget the mini family reunions Time to swim Rachel will come tomorrow shop after you go back to Hurrican pick up fruit. We all felt so bad we cannot visit him at the rehab Center after the Covid crap started. Send sear condolences to the family, love Bruce and LaDean

  7. We loved being with Uncle Richard and Aunt Rosemary as they served two missions to Nauvoo. They were both wonderful people. It’s an honor to be a part of their family and to have received their loving attention.
    We miss them!!!!!
    Love from Nauvoo

  8. Richard was a true Patriot, Love his country.. I have been serving with him in the American Legion since I move here in 2005. Rosemary was a gracious when we would visit at his home…
    We will Miss them both…
    Prayer are with the Family at this time..

  9. Dear Kevin and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. It is hard when loved ones are gone, especially your own father.
    We have always been fond of your Dad. He was such a kind and genuine person. always seemed happy and pleasant to be around.
    We remember with gratitude the many kind things he did for our family after our father passed away ( and before) leaving Mother with a houseful. I can still visualize his “big rig” parked in front of our home.
    I like to visualize Uncle Richard in his role serving in Nauvoo. I never did see him there, but always thought him perfect for the “job”.
    Our love and sympathy to each of you. We hope you are doing well.
    Sincerely, Brent and Paula Forbush Johnson (1064 N. 1050 E., Orem, Utah 84097)

  10. Dearest Lee Family, I’m heart broken over the loss of Uncle Richard. Kevin, I want you to know, your Mon and Dad always made us feel part of the Lee Family. They gave us so much love and kindness until the day they passed. Sending our love to you and your family. Love, Deidre Forbush Hansen and Joedy

  11. Dearest Lee Family, I am heart broken over the loss of Uncle Richard. Kevin I want you to know your Mom and Dad always made us feel part of the Lee Family. They gave us so much love and kindness until the day they passed. Sending our love to you and your family. Giving you my phone number, please keep in touch. 801-450-3479.

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