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Richard "King" Dick Simon Jr
1971 - 2021
Larkin Sunset Gardens - Sandy
1950 East Dimple Dell Road
Sandy, UT
On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, Richard "King" Dick Simon Jr., loving son, brother, friend, and father of four children, passed away at the age of 50. King was preceded in death by his mother Valene, brother Tim and son Diesel. He is survived by his father Richard, three daughters Olivia, Dominique (Andrew), Rylee (Grayson), sister Sherry (Jon), brothers Kelle (Julie), Lyn (Helen), and granddaughter Evelyn.

King was born on August 10, 1971, in Salt Lake City, UT to Richard and Valene Simon. As a young boy, he grew up in Granger, UT, and loved nothing more than playing with his older siblings. When they were off at school, he would push his brother's 2-wheel bike over to their elementary school all the way to their classrooms, "just to say hi" until the principal would call his mother and say, "come get King!"

King was an avid golfer throughout his life. He was ranked second in the state during his Junior and Senior years at Cottonwood Highschool. As a child, he was encouraged to play golf professionally but instead chose to focus on the family business. King would continue to dominate golf competitions with his father and enjoyed every moment they could spend together playing the game they loved.

King later started his own trucking company, Back in Black, in 2002. King would do whatever it took to ensure his drivers had time off every Christmas to be with family, no matter the cost. He always taught his children to never forget the hard work and sacrifice that kept food on the table.

King had a heart of gold. He was known as the guy you could call at any time and would always be there. He took "giving the clothes off your back" literally. He made sure everyone around him had what they needed and then some. Many of his son's friends referred to King as their second dad.

He enjoyed last-minute vacations with his children, breakfast with his father, riding Harleys, driving fast cars while blasting ACDC, and riding any amusement park thrill ride out there. His all-time favorite thing to do was pull all pranks he could to get people to laugh. He would never say no to a red velvet cake with a big glass of milk. It was an honor and unforgettable experience to be sung, "Happy Birthday" by him. You couldn't have asked for a better father, brother, or friend.

A viewing service will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Larkin Sunset Gardens (1950 E 10600 S, Sandy, UT) from 6 to 8 p.m. He will be buried with his son the following day. Please join us for a celebration of life on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Galena Hills Park (12500 S Vista Station Blvd, Draper, UT) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Boys and Girls Club charity at Our family has chosen this organization because King and Diesel dedicated their lives to taking care of their friends who became their family.
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Sep. 20 to Sep. 22, 2021.
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6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Larkin Sunset Gardens - Sandy
1950 East Dimple Dell Road 10600 South, Sandy, UT
Celebration of Life
11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.
Galena Hills Park
12500 S Vista Station Blvd, Draper, UT
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Larkin Sunset Gardens - Sandy
Sponsored by Larkin Sunset Gardens - Sandy.
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Dear Mr. Dick Simon, My name is Shannon Scott and I live across the cove from you. I just wanted you to know that I met King in `98/`99 and we went out a few times. I was separated from my husband at the time...and I cannot even recall how we met. But the few times that we did...he was fun... and kind ...and funny...and he talked about you a lot. I don´t have verbatim memories but I have emotional ones that let me know how much he loved and admired you. I am sooo sorry for your loss... I truly don´t have words to convey how I feel. But I will pray for you....and ask God to inevitably bring you and your family....the peace and comfort that only He can give. Love, Shannon Scott
Shannon Scott
December 6, 2021
Lyn and Helen, How deeply sorry John and I are for your loss of King and Diesel. We can't imagine your heartache. Please know you are in our hearts during this hard time. Sincere condolences, Kim and John Manookin
Kim Manookin
September 25, 2021
Read this with such warmth and fondness, and yet the sadness of losing a child, a brother, a friend. Please find peace in your hearts and know the love your family has shared these many years.
Jim "GIZZY" Platt
September 24, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones. Kingston I´m gonna miss you you and your son Diesel we´re very good friends. Thank you for helping me in speaking at my dads funeral. Love ya Kingston til we meet again...
Jade corona
September 23, 2021
Another "dent" along the highway of life. Years of friendship with Dick Simon at the old Fairgrounds Speedway, the sadness of another famous name now filed with eternity. Rest in peace young man.
James "GIZZY" Platt
September 21, 2021
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