Richard McConnell(1943 - 2013)

Richard L. McConnell

Santa Clara, UT

Santa Clara, UT- Richard L. McConnell, passed away on February 3, 2013 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 28, 1943, in Cedar City, UT, to Lafayette Robb and Lois Munford McConnell. He married Barbara Ann Hjelmstad on September 5, 1965 in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Following his graduation from Cedar City High School in 1961, he was accepted in the Air Force Band. He spent four years playing music with the band in many parts of the country. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he returned to Cedar City and completed a degree in instrumental music education at SUSC. Richard taught music for the Jordan School District and Park City School District. He also enjoyed working in management and had a courier business for twenty years before his retirement in 2004.

Richard was an active member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks organization for 45 years. He held many officer positions on the local, state, and national level of the Elks. He was president of the Utah Elks Association in 2001-02 and received many awards over the years. He was Elk of the Year four times and also Officer of the Year and Citizen of the year. He was Youth Activity Chairman on the National level for four years.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 47 years, his son, Darin (Laretta) McConnell, grandchildren Maryann (Andrew) Blake, Nichole, Lindsy, Katelyn McConnell, great-grandson, Brody Blake, sister Linda (Keith) Brady, many nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his son, Devin, and parents.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 611 North 2450 East, St. George, UT. A luncheon will be held following the service at the Dixie Elks Lodge at 630 West 1250 North, St. George, UT.

The family would like to thank Dr. Te, his medical staff, and Applegate Hospice team for their continued care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the memory of Richard to the Dixie Elks Youth Activities program.

Friends and family are invited to share condolence online at www.cremationcentersu.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cremation Center of Southern Utah, 986-9100.


Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2013