Richleigh H. (Rich) Gilliat
10/18/2020

Richleigh H. Gilliat, 88, of St. George, Utah, passed away on October 18, 2020 from the COVID-19 virus. Rich was born January 6, 1932 in Pasadena, California to Fred Gordon and Mary Ann Doris Scott Gilliat. He was born and raised as an only child.

Rich attended and graduated from John Muir High School in Pasadena. After a year of Jr. college his national guard division was activated, and he found himself serving in the Korean War as an officer. He was always immensely proud of the opportunity he had to serve his country, and many of the men he served with in the 176th Armored Field Artillery Battalion became his lifelong friends. After returning home from the war in 1953, Rich enrolled in USC and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to work for: Minneapolis-Honeywell, Shell Oil, Hercules, and Kaiser.

In September of 1959 he met the love of his life, Lou Ann Peterson and on August 27, 1960 they were married in her childhood home in LaJara, Colorado.

Shortly after getting married, the happy couple moved from Long Beach, California, to Salt Lake City where they started a family. They were blessed with 3 children: Patricia, Susan, and David.

In his thirties, Rich embraced the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He loved the Lord, the church, and all of his callings, but his favorites were both scoutmaster and Bishop because he said, “I was so ill prepared, and the Lord answered my prayers so often.  Both callings helped me immensely with my most important callings as a husband and father.” Later in life he served two missions for the church.

He once said, “I want it known that my family was my career, and my jobs for 27 years with Hercules and 6 with Kaiser were to put bread on the table, although I did enjoy Kaiser.” He was an extraordinary husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and his loss is felt deeply by those he left behind.

Rich is preceded in death by both of his parents. He is survived by his wife, Lou Ann, and their children: Patricia Ann (Clayton) Munk, Rockland, Idaho; Susan Leigh (Aron) Baker, Santa Clara, Utah; David Scott (Heather) Gilliat, Tigard, Oregon; 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Due to COVID-19, private services will be held at a later date.

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

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17 Responses

  1. Lou Ann. I olove you and Rich so much. Rich brought a fun enthusiasm to every meeting we were in. His Love for the Savior was evident in everything he did.

    I will miss his emails and his smile.

    Please take care and remember that the Green Valley 2nd ward will always love and remember you.

    1. Dear Grant,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. We have passed them along to our mother, Lou Ann, who so appreciated you reaching out.
      Sincerely,
      Tricia Munk
      Susan Baker
      and David Gilliat

  2. Rich was one of my favorite people at Spring Gardens when I served in the Branch Presidency there. He faithfully brought Lou Ann to our meetings when he could and helped her other times. He was a true follower of the Savior. He was so kind and gentle with all. My wife, Maxine, and I offer our condolences to his family.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words about our dad. We have shared this with our mom, Lou Ann, who was very appreciative of you reaching out.
      Sincerely,
      Tricia Munk,
      Susan Baker,
      and David Gilliat

      1. Dear Gilliatt family, By some strange coincidence I was thinking tonight about my good friend from high school, Lou Ann Peterson and remembered by some miracle that her married name was Gilliatt and through the miracle of the internet found that her husband had passed away just a month ago and that Lou Ann is still living! What a sweet person, she and I were both tall 5’8″! and always at the back of the line (commencement etc} Please give her my love and sympathy and to her family also. I would love to hear from her if she would like to write, Edwina Shawcroft Brady P.O. Box 63 Manassa, CO 81141.

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  3. Rich has been a good friend for 60 years. We spent many hours together on the golf courses
    and playing cards with him and Lou Ann.
    During our many phone conversations, we solved political problems and had solutions for the Utah Jazz.
    Rich and I started at Hercules the same day and have many memories from working there.
    He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

    1. Dear Max,
      Our dad spoke of you often. Thank you so much for being such a good friend to him through the years; and thank you for your memories and kind words. We have passed this on to our mother, Lou Ann, and she so appreciated you reaching out.
      Sincerely,
      Tricia Munk,
      Susan Baker,
      and David Gilliat

  4. Lou Ann and family. We are so sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. You and all of your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    We love you.

  5. Dear Lou Ann, Patricia, Susan, and David,
    We are very sad to learn about the passing of our dear “Bishop Gilliat” of the Granite 1st Ward. We cherish wonderful memories with the Gilliat Family and remember the dedicated service of a faithful bishop during the “boom” years in the Granite/Sandy communities, during the late ’70’s. It was such an honor for Dean to serve as one of Rich’s counselors. We always think of the Gilliat Family with love and gratitude and want you to know of our love and sympathy at this time.

    1. Dear Dean and Annette,
      Thank you so much for your kind words about our dad. I know how much he loved serving with Dean and interacting with your sweet family. He loved his time in the Granite 1st ward, as did we all. We passed your note onto our mother, Lou Ann, who so appreciated you reaching out.
      Sincerel
      Tricia Munk,
      Susan Baker,
      and David Gilliat

  6. A man that will surely missed.. He as loved as a neighbor an a bishop. Our heart felt prayers and love coming your way

  7. Dear Grant,
    Thank you so much for your kind words. We have passed them along to our mother, Lou Ann, who so appreciated you reaching out.
    Sincerely,
    Tricia Munk
    Susan Baker
    and David Gilliat

  8. Dear Max,
    Our dad spoke of you often. Thank you so much for being such a good friend to him through the years; and thank you for your memories and kind words. We have passed this on to our mother, Lou Ann, and she so appreciated you reaching out.
    Sincerely,
    Tricia Munk,
    Susan Baker,
    and David Gilliat

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