1946 ~ 2019
Richard Harvey Alexander, also known as Dick, Alex, Grandpa, Dad, and Shorty Pants, passed away peacefully in his home on January 23, 2019, with his sweetheart, Cynthia, by his side. He was born on November 20, 1946 to Claude and Donna Alexander. Soon after, he became a medical miracle and fought hard to beat the odds after having one of his lungs removed when he was just 7 years old. He was an amazing storyteller and loved to share his favorite childhood memories including lots of baseball, hunting with his dad and brothers, fishing at the Strawberry cabin, sneaking off to buy ice cream and so many more. He learned early on the value of friendship and spent the rest of his life nourishing his connections with others.
Dick earned a business management degree from the University of Utah and has been a die-hard UTES fan ever since. His professional career included many years in hospital administration but his favorite jobs were serving as Director of the Utah Golf Association and later, for the Salt Lake City golf courses. His three children developed a love for golf after many years of shadowing Dick while he served as the Director of the Utah Open. Above all else though, Dick cherished his children… Sis, B-man, and Kimmi.
After he retired, Dick enjoyed every minute spent with his loving wife. He especially loved her gourmet cooking and traveling with her any chance he could. His ability to joke and laugh made even the toughest of times joyful. You could most likely find him behind home plate at his grandsons' baseball games, cheering on Park City High's lacrosse team, beaming at dance recitals, or proudly strolling through art galleries. He is his grandkids' biggest fan!
Dick will be missed immensely by his wife; his children: Lisa Rasch, Kim (Josh) Crook, Ryan (Erica) Faircloth, Erin (Chris) Bolas; his 11 grandchildren: Jaden, Jessica, Jaxon, Ashton, Bentley, McLaren, Cruze, Mila, Brandon, Finn, and Kenny; his siblings: Tim (Sheila) Alexander, Bruce (Debbie) Alexander, Mary Ann (Paul) Christensen; his loving, furry sidekicks Alex and Darby; and many others whose lives he touched. In his final few days, he was courageously excited to be reunited with his parents and "The Three Amigos:" his son, Bryan; son-in-law, Tyler; and nephew, Brett.
An open house to celebrate Dick's life will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 6:00 -8:00pm at the Old Mill Clubhouse, 6080 S Wasatch Boulevard.
Staying true to his generous nature, Dick was proud to donate his body to the University of Utah School of Medicine as his final gift to this world. In lieu of flowers, please follow Dick's inspiring example and do an act of kindness to honor his name.
Published in Deseret News from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2019.