Richard Morris Andrus

Richard Morris Andrus Jr.
1936 ~ 2012
Richard Morris Andrus Jr. passed away peacefully at home on the 18th of December, 2012 in San Luis Obispo, CA after a long and courageous fight against cancer.
Richard was born in 1936 in Bell, CA to Richard Morris Andrus and Roma Irene Boston. He married Darlene Anne Hill 51 years ago and has five children: John, Lorana (deceased in 2003), Mark, Daniel, and Michael. He is survived by his wife, brother Rolf, sister Beryl, four sons and their wives, son-in-law Dan Wallo and his wife Kim, 24 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Richard served a mission for the LDS Church in the Western Canadian Mission in 1956, and then served six years in the US Army Reserves. Richard earned his BA from Cal State L.A. and a MA at Cal Poly SLO. Richard was a history teacher and school administrator for 35 years before he retired from the San Luis Coastal School District in 1997. Richard saw his role as a servant to students and teachers and strove to put people over policy.
Richard loved his Savior, Jesus Christ, and manifested that devotion through serving others. His callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints include Bishop, President of the San Luis Obispo Stake, President of the Canada Edmonton Mission, and President of the Los Angeles Temple. He was a great example of Christ-like charity, unconditional love, and devoted service.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the LDS Church at 651 East Foothill Blvd., San Luis Obipso, CA. The family will receive attendees at 9:30 a.m. You can share memories and thoughts with Richard's family at
In lieu of flowers, Richard has asked that people donate to the humanitarian service organization of their choice or to his favorite: LDS Humanitarian Services, 15 E. South Temple #2E, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 or at

Published in Deseret News on Dec. 22, 2012