Richard Vaux

Richard Lee "Dick" Vaux -- a man with a truly rare ability to turn everyone he met into a lifelong friend -- died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

He was born June 24, 1951, in Ogden, Utah, to Opal Simonson Vaux and Roy Vaux. After Weber High School, he served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army 101st Airborne.

An unusually capable man who seemed to know how to do virtually anything, he spent many years in construction before becoming a firefighter for INEL in Idaho until illness forced a career change. He retired from DRMO at Hill Air Force Base as an auctioneer and sales writer.

Dick married Kathy Collins in 1977. They had two children, Tracy and Forrest, and helped raise a nephew, Ken. His wife and those kids were the loves of his life. Dick and Kathy were playful, adventurous parents who were prone to take them chasing rainbows at the drop of a hat.

Dick's parents and one brother, Robert L. Vaux, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife and children, Forrest Vaux of Ogden and Tracy (Tom) Jones of Paradise; and his nephew, Kenneth Collins of Ogden; siblings, Bonita (Brent) Sudweeks, Steven (Tami) Vaux and David Vaux, all of Ogden, and Tina (Len) Norman of Idaho City, Idaho; as well as eight grandkids; and one great-grandson.

Our hearts are broken, but we know there are hugs and laughter in heaven today! A viewing will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, prior to service at 3 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd. in Ogden.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to the of Utah and Idaho at www.kidney.org/support.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.

Published in Post Register on Oct. 10, 2012