Kenneth Stanley Richardson died of natural causes Jan. 6, 2021, at the age of 95. He died in Tooele, Utah, with family by his side. He was born Nov. 20, 1925, in Bluebell, Utah, to John Thornton Richardson and Martha Pearl Timothy Richardson. He was the last of his eight siblings to pass away. After the death of his mother, his father married Vera Goodell who brought with her three children. He grew up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he met his wife of 62 years, Faye Louise Thompson. They were married June 27, 1945, and later sealed in the Logan Utah Temple on May 15, 1947. They had five children.
Ken served during World War II as a Navy Air Corps Cadet. After his time in the Navy and his schooling, Ken was offered a teaching position by Superintendent Sterling Harris to teach English at Tooele High School. He later also taught Latin, German, and coached wrestling.
For Ken and Faye their years in Tooele were busy ones. They owned and operated Tooele Floral for five years in addition to Ken serving in many positions in the community. Ken served as a bishop, as a counselor in two other bishoprics, on the high council, and had many other positions of service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had many talents and hobbies. He loved the arts, especially music. He had a beautiful singing voice and participated in several choirs, singing groups, and as a soloist. Ken retired after teaching for 38 years. He and Faye moved to South Jordan, Utah. He served in the Jordan River Utah Temple for over 20 years.
Ken loved and took care of Faye until her death in 2007. He later fell in love with and married Mona Higbee in 2008. They have enjoyed serving together as well as traveling to such far away places as Japan, England, Scotland, Alaska, and twice to Hawaii. They were a comfort and blessing to each other until his passing.
He is survived by his wife Mona; daughter Taunna (Doug) Vance; sons Kevin (Susan), Kim (Rebecca), and Karlan (Valerie); 25 grandchildren; and 63 great-grandchildren and counting! He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, his first wife Faye, a daughter, Laurel Lee Macdonald, her husband Gerald, and their son Jared.
Ken’s family expresses gratitude for the kind and attentive care received from the personnel of Inspiration Home Health and Hospice.
There will be a public viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at the Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary in South Jordan, Utah, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family funeral will follow at 11 a.m. at the same location. The funeral services will be streamed from a link found at Jenkins-Soffe.com
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Missionary or Humanitarian funds of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.