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Arnold L Richards

03/23/1928 - 07/27/2020

Arnold L Richards, 92, passed away peacefully in his home Monday morning, July 27, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and a brother.  Arnold is survived by four sisters, his loving wife, Donna, two daughters, RaShell (Kurt) Rice and RaLyn (Matt) Heninger, six grandchildren, Kurt (Shirlene), Shaun (Annsley), Jami (Brandon), Chris (Hannah), Alexis (Tyler), Holly (Redden) and 10 great grandchildren.

Born March 23, 1928 in Oakley, Utah, Arnold spent his childhood days on horseback roaming the hills around his dad’s farm. After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Western Canada, he proposed to his sweetheart and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 10, 1954. Arnold graduated from Brigham Young University in elementary education and taught elementary school for 29 years. His hobbies included woodworking, gardening and serving in the Temple. He was a man of all trades and used his skills to serve all those around him. He served in the Provo Utah Temple for 20 years and the Mesa Arizona Temple for 22 years. Arnold was a Sealer in the Mesa Arizona Temple. He considered himself blessed to have the opportunity to serve the last night that the Mesa Temple was open. Arnold was loved by all and will be remembered as a kind, gentle, humble man who loved the Lord, his family and the Temple with all his heart.

Arnold will be laid to rest in the San Tan Memorial Gardens. His family would like to thank Jennie, Lisa, Wendy and Barb who served and cared for him during his final days with love and kindness.


  • Oh how we love Arnold and Donna! Both are shining examples of everything that is good. Love and condolences to all your family.

  • John & June Sackrider

    Here is a very loved man not only by our church group, but by all who knew him. He was a man for the people and served many, many people. He loved his fruit trees until they overgrew him, then he gave the fruit away. We met arnold one day when we walked our german shepard by their house, he was wearing sunglasses, due to his eye problem, and it was a wonder to behold. This was our blessing…with love, Tad & June

  • Bob & Debbie Garrard

    We were blessed to have Arnold and Donna in our ward. We were also blessed to be sealed by Arnold . One of my favorite memories was one Christmas when we woke up there was a beautiful Noah’s ark At my front door it had all the animals and Noah, they had been carved and put together by Arnold. My children have enjoyed that precious Ark as do my grandchildren. Arnold and Donna Have left a beautiful imprint in our hearts and our lives are better for knowing them. I love Arnold’s smile and to hear his sweet voice every time he greeted me. His kind hugs were so sincere. Arnold was a perfect example of love for his wife & daughters , and he loved the gospel . It truly was an honor knowing this great man ❤️

  • I love this dear Brother. I can’t imagine how many people are thanking him on the other side for all the temple work he assisted them with. Brother Richards always greeted me with a warm smile and Loving hand shake. He will be missed, until we meet again Sir!

  • Colleen Castillo

    Arnold sealed Art and I in the Arizona Temple many years ago ! I was so glad to see we moved into his ward. So glad for that memory and we love you Donna!

  • Vince and Joyce Lemons

    Always smiling, always happy, never a harsh word about anyone or anything.

    Arnold sealed all three of our children in the Mesa Temple. What a blessing to have a ward member and FRIEND who was so willing to bless our families.

    Until we meet again my friend

  • I rarely saw Arnold without Donna, or Donna without Arnold. They loved to be together.
    Arnold liked to be nearby when Donna worked with her clients. One of the things that he did to keep busy during that time was to serve in the name extraction program. It was a precursor to the indexing program. He helped to prepare an unknown number of names.
    Arnold, I will miss you.

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