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Richard Joseph Page, 87, passed away December 23, 2020, surrounded by his family. He had lived a full and purposeful life. Richard (Dick) was born to Joseph Halterman and Lucille Fowlke Page on April 15, 1933 in Provo, Utah. He grew up in Salt Lake City and Orem, Utah. He graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 1951. Dick served in the Armed Services for two years, beginning in 1953. He earned both BS and MS degrees in Range Management from Utah State University in 1958 and 1960, respectively. Until retirement, he worked as a Range Scientist for the Bureau of Land Management in Boise, Idaho; Malta, Montana; and for the State Offices in Salt Lake City. He found much satisfaction in his chosen occupation. He loved working with the soil -- experimenting with native plants and vegetation, and working federal range lands. Of significant personal effort to him was his own development and home cultivation of the Utah State flower, the Sego Lily.
Richard married his friend from childhood – Barbara Jean Davis. They met as youth in Portland, Oregon, where their parents were friends. Years later, they dated at Brigham Young University and were married and sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple on June 10, 1955. They were married for one week shy of 60 years.
Richard was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many ways all his life. He was a faithful home teacher. He and his wife served two missions for the Church of Jesus Christ—one to Ghana, West Africa, and one at the Employment Center in Sandy, Utah. They also served for years as Family History consultants. They enjoyed their children, extended family, and times to travel together. He continually taught by precept and example the values of hard work, education, and wise money management—important lessons learned and implemented by his five children.
Richard is survived by his children, Cathy (Barry) Lunt, Jeanette (Richard) Saltzman, Marcia (Larry) Newbold, Steven (Shauntel) Page, and David (Amber) Page, and their 22 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren to date, and also his brother William (Sharon) Page. He is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jean and one grandson, Doug.
Because of Covid issues, funeral services will be held at the Olpin Family Mortuary in Pleasant Grove on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, for immediate family members only, with his burial to follow in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the helpful and kind services of Hearts for Home and Hospice, who helped serve their father in the last couple months of his life. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
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