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Obituary: Thomas Rich Wright

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5/15/1932~1/26/2003

Thomas Rich Wright aged 70 passed away 26 January 2003, at a Care Center in Provo, Utah, after a brave struggle against pneumonia.

Tom as born 15 May 1932, in Phoenix, Arizona, to Charles Coulsen Rich and Geneva Ensign Wright, the youngest of three boys. He was always a delight to his parents and two older brothers.

Tom grew up in Sacaton, AZ.; Fort Duchesne, Ut; and Dixon, Montana; where his father was employed in the Bureau of Indian Affairs serving the Pima, Ute, and Flathead tribes respectively. Although mildly retarded mentally, he attended public schools to about the eighth grade and learned to read proficiently.

In 1951, his father left the Indian service and acquired a cattle ranch in Hamilton, Montana. Tom lived with his parents and assisted with the ranch work for many years, during which time he enjoyed stamp collecting, listening to classical music, and Church activities in the Hamilton Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He attained the office of Elder and received his temple blessings. He loved to sing with a very pleasant tenor voice, and knew many hymns and carols by heart. Tom was happy whenever relatives and friends visited. He loved all his nephews and nieces. He never forgot the names of people who visited.

A few years after the death of his father which occurred in 1968, it became difficult for his mother to care for him. Thus, he came to Utah where he became a resident of the West Jordan Care Center for about 15 years. There followed a period of 11 years at the Utah State Hospital, and finally he spent two years at the Crest View Care Center in Provo. These excellent facilities provided many activities that he enjoyed. The family sincerely appreciates the loving and tender care given to him over the years. During these years he often visited his brother Mose's home in Salt Lake and later in Provo, and was visited by his Mother until her death in 1987. His brother Earle and many other relatives continued to visit Tom on a regular basis.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his two brothers and dear sisters-in-law, Amos (Mose) L. Wright and his wife Gloria of Provo; and Earle C. Wright and his wife Marjorie of Hamilton, Montana.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, February 1, 2003, at 3:00 p.m., at the Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton, Montana, where he will rest beside his parents. Services arranged by the Berg Mortuary of Provo.