Ralph Ashton Richards, 90, of Orem, died October 18, 1993, at the Family Living Center in Orem of old age.

He was born February 28, 1903, a son of Albert Damon and Emily Treharne Ashton Richards in Salt Lake City. He married Ida Naoma Laney September 4, 1925, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He is a direct descendant of Franklin D. Richards and was an active member of the LDS Church. He served as bishop for five years, stake president for 18 years, in the stake presidency for 20 years, and as Patriarch in the South Summit Stake. He served in the Southern States Mission and earned the Silver Beaver Award. He was president and director of the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, and served in many other state water association positions. He was instrumental in water planning issues throughout the western region of the United States. He served on the South Summit County School Board, and was also involved in many civic and community organizations.Survivors include his wife, two sons, Ralph S. (Shirley) Richards, Arnold L. (Donna) Richards, five daughters, Raona (Howard) Hall, Ruth (Floyd) Baham, Carol Hardman, Afton (Gail, deceased) Van Tassell, Glenda (Max) Excell. He is also survived by 34 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren, one sister Florence R. Saxton.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 22, 1993, at 10:30 a.m. in the Sharon 2nd Ward Chapel, 641 So. 400 East in Orem. Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 So. State St. in Orem and Friday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the ward chapel. Burial will be in the Oakley City Cemetery.

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