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Martin R. Ricks

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Martin R. Ricks
Sept. 11, 1939 - Oct. 18, 2016

Our beloved father and husband, Martin R. Ricks, age 77, of Park City, Utah, and Summerlin, Nevada, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at his home in Park City.

Martin was born in Logan, Utah, on Sept. 11, 1939, to parents who preceded him in death: Violet M. Ricks and Lewis A. Ricks. His older sister, Ilene R. Barnett (Jack) resides in Bountiful, Utah.

Martin married the love of his life, Carol Jean Bateman, on Nov. 19, 1965, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their 50-year marriage was blessed with much love and three children: Tiffany Pirwitz (Eric) of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Tyler Martin Ricks (Brianna) of Diablo, California, and Rashell Blaser (Bryant) of Mansfield, Texas.

His life was also blessed with 11 adoring grandchildren: Cole, Caroline and Katherine Pirwitz, and Madison, John Austin and Isabelle Ricks, and Ashley, Rebecca, Natalie, Tyler and Annalee Blaser, and many nieces and nephews.

He was a wonderful provider and caretaker for his family.

Martin was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of The Latter Day Saints. He graduated from Bountiful High School in 1958 and had many lifelong friends who shared lively tales of his high school days.

He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing and earned his Eagle Scout award.

Martin honorably served his country in the U.S. Army Reserve. He studied at Utah State University with degrees in Banking and Finance and had many close Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity brothers. He excelled at school (and athletics) and continued on with his MBA at Utah State University.

Martin began his employment at U.S. Steel and then went on to a successful 27-year career with Xerox Corporation, living in Utah, Arizona, California, New York, Delaware, Virginia, and Illinois. He started as a Sales Representative and worked his way up to Vice President of Marketing and US Operations. Martin was proud that he created the
customer satisfaction program for Xerox. He simultaneously started a real estate investment business and retired at age 52 to continue building his business.

After retirement, he enjoyed traveling the world with Carol, boating, golfing and playing tennis. Martin loved helping others and guided and mentored many people. He was incredibly proud of his children and grandchildren. He was constantly supporting them and encouraging them in their pursuits and dreams.

The viewing will be at 10:30 a.m., and the funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. They will take place at the Jeremy Ranch LDS Meeting House on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 3010 W. Saddleback Road in Jeremy Ranch.

The interment will be held the same day at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park at 3401 S. Highland Drive in Salt Lake City at approximately 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Huntsman Cancer Institute or to Food Allergy Research & Education (www.foodallergy.org).

The family expresses its gratitude to everyone who has extended their love and support to Martin and Carol during this past year. Online condolences can be extended to the family at legacy.com.
Published in The Park Record from Oct. 22 to Oct. 29, 2016
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