Richard “Dick” Lunt Russon, 85, of South Jordan, UT passed away on March 17, 2021. Dick was born October 16, 1935 in Los Angeles, CA to Kenneth “Kay” and Mabel Lunt Russon. Dick married JoAnn “Jo” Blazer on June 13, 1964 in the Los Angeles temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They had one daughter, Cindy. Jo passed away May 15, 1974. Two years later Dick married Carol Ann Clark on September 17, 1976 also in the Los Angeles temple. Carol had two children from a previous marriage, Rod and Cheri. Dick and Carol adopted Andrea Hieber in 1984. Dick was a loving father and grandfather. He enjoyed supporting them in their various activities and events.
He grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from L.A. High. He was an Eagle Scout and attended the National BSA Jamboree at Valley Forge in 1950. In 1953 he attended L.A. City College. In 1954 Dick entered BYU in Provo, UT. On June 11, 1955 he was ordained an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by his father. Upon turning 20 he received a mission call to the Western States Mission and served until released in February 1958. He immediately started back at BYU but was drafted into the army in September 1958. He served his military duty in Germany. His schooling was in accounting and he spent most of his career working for McDonnell Douglas. At one time he was nominated for employee recognition. This was included in the nomination: “Dick is the type of boss we all would like to work for. He holds weekly staff meetings and lets us know what is going on. Month end closing is a pretty frantic experience and when you are ‘steering the last lifeboat departing from a sinking ship it takes a strong person to keep the boat afloat’. While that may seem a rather strong analogy, closings are an extremely tense time and sometimes his humor is what gets us all thru it.”
Dick always loved sports. He held the swimming record for backstroke while at L.A. High. He also played baseball for the winning Ralph’s Market team in the 1950’s and for the McDonnell Douglas baseball team. He was an avid fan and supporter of the University of Southern California and Brigham Young University athletics programs. After retiring in 1993, Dick and Carol moved to Utah. They soon began volunteering at BYU with the women’s volleyball and basketball teams and continued to volunteer for over 15 years. Their main assignment was hosting the visiting teams at BYU’s home games. In 2007 they received an award as BYU’s Volunteers of the Year. Dick and Carol also filled their days working at Marv Jensen Recreation Center in South Jordan for 20 years.
He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served well in many different callings. One he particularly enjoyed was teaching seminary to the high school aged youth in California. He did this for 16 years. After moving to Utah, he became a substitute seminary teacher at Bingham High School and did that for many years as well. He loved opportunities to teach the gospel, especially to youth.
Dick is survived by his wife Carol Russon; 4 children: Cindy (Ellen) Vogt, Rod (Cindi) Clark, Cheri Clark, Andrea (Dan) Humphries; 6 grandchildren: Bryan Clark, Amanda (Alvaro) Iseas, Corey Clark, Alison Vogt, Emily Vogt, Tabitha Humphries; 3 great-grandchildren: Oliver Iseas, Cora Leatham, Noah Iseas; and 1 sibling: Kenneth Russon.
Family and friends may attend a viewing Saturday morning from 9:30 -10:45 a.m., March 27, 2021 at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East Pleasant Grove, UT. Due to Covid-19 concerns please wear a mask and observe social distancing. A graveside service will be held following the viewing at Nephi City Cemetery, 400 East 400 North, in Nephi, UT at 12:00 pm. Seating will be limited so you may want to bring a chair or blanket to sit on.
To celebrate Dick’s life, wearing BYU or USC attire to the viewing and service is recommended and welcome. But please, no U of U items. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
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