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Obituary: R. Joel Richards

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R. Joel Richards, age 21, passed away August 31, 2001, at his home in Riverton, Utah.

Joel was born Dec 15, 1979, in Salt Lake City, UT to Joel Nevin Richards, Jr. and Shelley Diane Gill. He was a gentle, caring man who opened his arms and his heart to all he met. He cherished his time spent with loved ones and was fiercely loyal. A gifted musician, Joel loved to express himself through music and was always willing to share his talents with others. He loved to travel and meet new people, and during his short life, lived in several areas of the country.

Joel is survived by his parents; step-mother, Shirley Ann Holt Richards; sister, Raquel; grandparents, P. Virginia Richards, Dave and Opal E. Butler, Ray and Shirley Holt; many aunts, uncles, cousins; and his beloved dog, Shadow. Preceded in death by grandfathers, Doyle D. Gill, J. Nevin Richards, Sr.; uncle, Mark W. Gill; and best friend, Danny Beck.

Services will be Wed. Sept 5, 2001, 12 noon at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Dr, where friends and family may call Tues. 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

"Bravely loved was he, and bravely did he love."