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Obituary: Richard L. Rasmussen

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Richard L. Rasmussen, 67, a man of great courage and love, returned to his Heavenly Home the morning of July 6, 2001, due to heart failure.

Dick was the middle child and the only son born to Leon and Ruth Rasmussen Sept 16, 1933, in Murray, UT. He grew up in Midvale, UT, attended Jordan High School and graduated from the University of Utah where he affiliated with Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He met the true love of his life, Sharon Parry, and they were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They have enjoyed 47 wonderful years together and raised four dearly loved children, Paul, Michelle, Lisa, and Jodie.

Dick served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War; then worked in sales for Playtex, Inc. for 23 years. Some of Dick's happiest moments were spent watching University of Utah athletic teams beat BYU, and he very enthusiastically supported his children and grandchildren in all of their activities. Dick was a great supporter to all, from coaching Cottonwood High American Legion Baseball for many years, to spending countless hours watching his own grandkids in their sports that they love. He and Sharon built a beautiful cabin on the Upper Weber where the family enjoys many happy days together.

Dick suffered a heart attack and stroke in 1985, and he has been a great example of patience and long-suffering, teaching all of us the true meaning of graciously enduring to the end. He was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served faithfully in many callings.

Besides his wife, Sharon, Dick is survived by four children and their spouses, Paul (Lynette) Rasmussen, Michelle (Doug) Taylor, Lisa (Cort) Firth, Jodie (Brad) Cahoon; 15 grand-children; and sister, Maryann (Elmer) Newman. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, RoLayne (Arnie) Ferrin.

Services Tues. July 10, 2001, 11 a.m. at the Little Cottonwood LDS 16th Ward chapel, 6350 S. Rodeo Ln (1545 E). Friends may call at the church Mon. July 9, 6-8 p.m. and Tues. 9:45-10:45 a.m. Interment, Mountain View Memorial Estates.