John David Richards III
1970 - 2021
BORN
1970
DIED
2021
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260 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT
John David

Richards, III,

1970 ~ 2021

John David Richards, III, son of John and Dianne Richards, Jr., passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at the age of 51. He was a graduate of Highland High School, the University of Utah, and the University of New Hampshire - Franklin Law Center. John was a man of faith, fortitude, and fun. A life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, John served a mission in Osaka, Japan. He later returned to Japan to study, and it was then he met his future wife, Lisa. His example of how he lived his life influenced her decision to become a member of the church. On May 13, 1995, they were married and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. These experiences became the impetus of a deep-rooted love for the Japanese language and culture, manifested by frequent trips to Japan and an impressive collection of samurai swords.

John could find joy even in life's most challenging times, and he could make an ordinary moment become a unique adventure. He loved fishing (although he wasn't very good at it), boating (He had just learned to throw in the rope while surfing!), spending time at the Bear Lake cabin, playing the guitar (He had too many to count!), collecting jeeps, and keeping up with the latest styles (especially if Paul McCartney wore it, too). Not only did John pursue his passions fervently, he also wanted others to experience them. He generously took people to concerts, boating, and trips so that they could feel the joy he felt. He was a child at heart, evidenced by his remote control cars, dedication to learning new magic tricks (even the hard ones), possession of the same gun as James Bond, affinity for Coke gummies, and love for all things Star Wars and Harry Potter. He adored the Beatles, and his children had all of Paul McCartney's songs memorized before they knew the alphabet. He dreamed of being a rock star and was affectionately known as "Rockin' John."

John was an example of pure Christ-like love, sacrifice, and service to others. He was a dedicated husband and father, always seeking to care for his family, friends, and employees. He founded Richards Law and grew it to a highly successful law firm, consistently using his talents and mortal blessings to bless the lives of others. He cherished his name and the great men from which it came. He loved his wife and children with a pure, unconditional, fierce love that permeates tangibly in each of them, and within them his example and legacy lives on.

John is survived by his wife Lisa Richards; his four children John IV (Lauren), Will, Sarah, and Savannah; his parents John and Dianne Richards, Jr.; and his siblings Melinda (David) McMaster, Daniel (LaLona) Richards, Andrew (Loni) Richards, and Paul (Sarah) Richards.

Friends may call Tuesday, August 17th from 6:00-8:00 PM and Wednesday, August 18th from 10:00-10:45 AM at the Holladay South Stake Center, 4917 S. Viewmont St., Holladay. Funeral services (same location) will be Wednesday at 11:00 AM. The dedication will follow at Memorial Holladay Cemetery, 4900 S. Memory Ln., Holladay.

Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Aug. 13 to Aug. 17, 2021.
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This is tragic and sad... Jody and I liked John very much. He treated us with Kindness and understanding. He had a positive impact on us and we will miss him. Our hearts go out to Johns family, friends and co-workers. Very sincerely, Robert and Jody
Robert and Jody Sutherland. Cedar City, Ut.
Other
September 9, 2021
Dear Johnny and Diane, I'm so very sorry to hear about your beautiful son John. As I read about him I realize what a very special person he was to all those around him. Paul and I send our very special regards to you and your family. love always, Paul and Kristine
Kristine Philips
Family
September 5, 2021
The Owners of One Empire Pass
August 31, 2021
Heartfelt condolences to the family. John was quite a guy and it was way too early for him to leave. He was immensely helpful during our early days at the ParcGateway. God speed! and God bless his family.
Jim Dearien
August 18, 2021
Our hearts go out to John's family, friends and business associates. We were shocked at his untimely death. John has been a trusted friend as well as a very capable attorney and counselor. His obituary so wonderfully describes the John that we knew and so valued - always a smile, a kind word, a good sense of humor. As a legal counselor he was thoughtful, fair and worked at finding balance and middle ground when helping to resolve conflict. Our thoughts and prayers will be with John's family and loved ones. We will miss him so very much.
Rick Nydegger and the Hidden Oaks Board of Directors and Officers
August 18, 2021
John was not only by our side at Grassy Meadows Sky Ranch for more than a decade of complex and difficult HOA litigation and other legal issues, but he was first and foremost a good friend to each of us. We are so sorry that you and your family have this heavy burden to carry.
James Petersen
August 18, 2021
Lisa and Family, John was an exceptional attorney and provided our HOA with years of great assistance and advice. We are shocked and saddened at his untimely passing. May you and your family be blessed and comforted as you move forward in life. Wren Haven HOA Present and Past Board of Directors
Wren Haven HOA
August 17, 2021
Sharon Chmieleski
August 17, 2021
Deepest sympathies to you. Gary and Kathy Starr
Gary L Starr
August 17, 2021
Diamond Hills HOA
August 16, 2021
F1 Property Management
August 16, 2021
Stone Cliff Owners Association
August 16, 2021
John was one of a kind. Great attorney but mostly a friend and a great person. He will be missed by all of us here at Monarch. What a tremendous loss for his family and all that knew him.
Monarch Property Management
August 16, 2021
The Broadway Lofts HOA Board
August 16, 2021
Pineview Mountain Estates HOA
August 16, 2021
Helpside Inc
August 16, 2021
Liam & Connie Jensen
August 15, 2021
John was such a good friend and supporter. I will miss him dearly. The Utah HOA industry will miss his leadership. My my condolences to Lisa and his family.
Marla Mott-Smith
August 15, 2021
My deepest condolences to John´s family, Friends and business associates. When I needed an HOA attorney, I met with four attorneys and it was clear John was head and shoulders above the others in knowledge and in sincerity and kindness! What an amazing man!! He left a deep impression on me as he was so kind and helpful and we found out we had very similar backgrounds serving missions in Japan and going back to live there and also as Musicians. I could go on and on but all we have to do is read his obituary. Why do we have to lose such incredible and wonderful people too early!? Thank you for making this world a much better place!! Until we meet again.
Louis Campbell
August 15, 2021
Dear Richards Family - our hearts ache for your loss. I met Sarah a couple of months ago at "Amy's" - after she helped me I asked her name and immediately knew she was one of THE Richards because of her smile & her joy! I remember being very young and my dad (also a third!) and John making Japanese food at our home and loving to talk about Japan together. Most of all, the way the Richards siblings always spoke of Rockin John showed their love for him, from Mindy to Paul, he really was everyones favorite! Sending all our love to each of you, and praying for your hearts to feel close to Him!
McCall (Knowlton) Nelson
August 14, 2021
Our entire HOA Board (Heritage Village, Payson), both present and former, offers sincere sympathy to the Richards family as well as to the Richards Law family. We didn't know John for long, but he helped us immensely and we will be forever grateful for the assistance he gave us over the past year. We were so impressed with his knowledge and willingness to entertain and add our suggestions and explain things that we didn't understand. Thanks to a good man!
Joyce Morton
August 14, 2021
We enjoyed getting to know John and working with him for the past 4 years. We appreciated his advice and counsel. He was a great contributor to our HOA(Entrada). Our deepest sympathy to your family and John's co-workers.
Michael & Marilyn Kanas
August 14, 2021
Our deepest sympathies. Please let us know if we can help you with anything. Michelle and Richard
Richard and Michelle Kuhn
August 14, 2021
John was such an amazing friend and mentor. I will cherish the wonderful memories I have of working with him during the early years of his law practice. I send my love and heartfelt sympathy to Lisa and their beautiful family. Hugs.
Allyson Yates
August 13, 2021
I enjoyed played endless hours of neighborhood baseball with John as well as building a massive tree fort during our formative years in the 70's. As we went down our different paths over the years I always admired the man John had become. I'm grateful we met for lunch a few years ago and regret we never got together in the rock and roll room. RIP John. Lisa and the entire extended Richards family, I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Mark Muir
Mark Muir
August 13, 2021
Lisa, Paula and I wanted to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. John was a bright star in this life. He was a faithful and loyal friend during our law school years together and in the time since then. He will be missed by many!
David Osborne
August 13, 2021
Lisa and family, We always appreciated how upbeat, inclusive and friendly John was with every member of our family. He will be deeply missed by us, so I can't imagine the hole that this leaves in your family.
Gwyn and Sean McNeal
August 13, 2021
Just heard the terrible news. John was our HOA attorney (West Springs, St George UT). He provided us valuable advice for many, many years. Even when practicing his profession, he had an infectious zest for life. My sincere condolences to his family and to his many, many friends. We in St George are shocked and saddened.
Sally Spears
August 13, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Richards family. You will be missed, Rockin John.
Tony Knowlton
August 13, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to John's family. Working as an attorney in the same practice area as John I came to know him and considered him a friend and colleague. John had a great personality and was always easy to deal with and tried to look for resolution rather than escalation of a conflict. John will be missed.
Peter Harrison
August 13, 2021
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