Richard D. Hunt
Richard Dale Hunt "A Good and Gentle Man" Richard Dale Hunt, 86, passed away Sunday, June 17, due to conditions incident to age. He was surrounded by loved ones as he passed peacefully from this life. He is a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, and friend. He was born March 22, 1921 in Monroe, Utah to John Nathan Hunt and Anna Margaret Jensen Hunt. Married Athene Lowe in the Manti Temple April 23, 1945. He is once again united with his beloved Athene. He graduated from South Sevier High School in 1939, was awarded a combined music and basketball scholarship to Brigham Young University which he attended from 1939 to 1942. Dale served an LDS mission in California North Mission from 1942-1944. Joined the Army in 1944, completed basic training, and was accepted to Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry in the Spring of 1945, he served in Japan as part of the Army of Occupation from 1945 to 1946. A member of the United States Army Reserve for more than 20 years, retiring from the Reserve as a Major in the Quartermaster Corps. Upon returning from Japan he entered the University of Utah, enrolled in the College of Pharmacy and graduated in 1950 as part of the Pharmacy College's first graduating class. After a short career with Walgreen Drugs, he took employment with Wyeth Laboratories in 1952. He was a successful salesman and detail man with Wyeth until his retirement in 1986. Dale was an accomplished French horn player and was a member of the Utah Symphony as horn soloist from1947-1950. He loved music, loved to sing, and was a member of his ward choir for over 30 years. Very active in church and community affairs, he served as Elders Quorum president, in the High Priest Group leadership, as a stake missionary, stake athletic director, Deacons and Teachers quorum advisor. Active and participating member of the Utah Pharmaceutical Association. He was president of that association from 1982-1983, and served as a board member for several years. Active lobbyist, along side his wife, for the passing of historical legislation in 1969 to help handicapped children mainstream in the public schools system. Avid sportsman, outdoorsman, athlete and competitor all of his life. He was a charter member of the Willow Creek Country Club from 1958 until 1993. He loved to play and compete in the game of golf. Enjoyed many hours with friends, sons, and grandsons on the Golf Courses of Utah. He was an example to all who knew him of devotion to his wife and family. He is survived by his son, Ronald Dale Hunt (Peggy Jo); daughter, Janet Hunt; grandchildren, Kristiann Nelson (Michael), Robert D. Hunt (Jennifer), Thomas L. Hunt (Katie), Nathan J. Hunt;, and great-grand-children, Tyler, Josh, Ryan, Emily, Mary-Kate, Samuel and Lowee. Preceded in death by his wife, Athene; brother, Forrest Nathan Hunt;, and sister, Carol Hunt Swindle. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 12 noon in the Foothill Sixth Ward, 2215 E. Roosevelt Avenue (1460 South). A viewing will be held Wednesday June 16, from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, and from 10:30-11:45 a.m. prior to the funeral service at the Foothill Sixth Ward. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the caregivers, staff and nurses of the Utah State Veteran's Nursing Home for their care and kindness to Dale over the past 11 months.