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Richard Franklin Starr Jr.

01/17/1939 - 06/07/2020
Service Date: 06/12/2020
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: Bunker's University Chapel, 3529 E. University Drive, Mesa, Arizona 85213
Visitation Date: 06/11/2020
Visitation Time: 6-8 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's University Chapel, 3529 E. University Drive, Mesa, Arizona 85213
Interment: City of Mesa

Richard Franklin Starr Jr. (Dick), beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, friend, and retired USAF Veteran, passed away early in the morning of Sunday, June 7, 2020, due to complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

Dick was born on January 17, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the eldest son of Richard Franklin Starr Sr. and Phyllis Luella Hamsher Starr. Dick was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on November 1, 1958. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he met his eternal sweetheart, Loraine Allan. They were married on May 7, 1960 in the St. George, Utah Temple. Dick and Loraine have 4 children: Rick, Eric, Brent and LeAnn. Dick later received his master’s degree in Economics, from University of Utah.

Dick served in the United States Air Force for 22 Years. He served in the Vietnam War from 1970 to 1972. He also served in the US European Command (EUCOM) in Stuttgart, Germany, from 1974 – 1977. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel on 13 November, 1986. After he completed his military service, he flew 20 years, for America West Airlines/US Airways.

Dick was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was known for his tender heart and his life was full of service to his family, his country, his fellowman, and anyone who needed help along the way. Of all the things he loved in life, his most precious was, his sweetheart, his kids, his friends, and neighbors, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and flying. He also loved planes, guns, photography, and camping.

In 2011 – 2012 Dick served a mission with his wife, Loraine, at Martin’s Cove in Wyoming. He loved sharing the experiences of the early handcart pioneers and walking in their footsteps.

Dick is dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Loraine; their four children and their spouses; Rick Starr (Teresa), Eric Starr (Marcy), Brent Starr (Marcia), LeAnn Carroll (Lafe), 16 grandchildren, and 5 great granddaughters. He is preceded in death by his parents.

There will be a viewing at Bunker Mortuary – University Chapel (3529 East University Drive) in Mesa, Arizona on Thursday, June 11, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., at the same location, with a visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. Dick Starr will be interned at the Mesa Cemetery following the funeral.


  • Loraine and family. I know the Lord will be with you and you will find peace at Dick’s passing. Take care and know you are so loved.

  • So sorry to hear this news. I always enjoyed being around Dick. Humble but always ready to laugh

  • We are so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Our prayers of comfort are with you and your family.

  • Kimberly (Hathcock) Rioux

    Heartfelt hugs and prayers for the entire family. It was an honor to share such an amazing neighborhood and 36th ward family.

  • Rinda Christensen

    Thinking of you, Lorraine! I always admired you and Dick as a couple. May you feel much love and comfort at this time and in the days ahead.

  • Laura Martin Bienz

    Sorry for your loss. He was a good man. I am sending my love to the Starr family.

  • Doug and Tammy Lewis

    We are So sorry to learn of Dick’s passing. He was a man among men and Im personally a better man for knowing him.

  • Dear Loraine, My heart goes out to you today. I just now learned of Dick’s passing. I’m so sorry for your loss. You were so strong and stalwart in your love and care of him during his long illness. You are an awesome lady, and he was such a good man. I love you both so very much. Thank you for all the kindnesses you have shown to me. May you have peace in great abundance.

  • Larry and Janet Gordon

    We love you and Dick. You both are amazing people and Dick will be missed immensely! Hugs and love during this most difficult separation.

  • Starr Family,
    I was sad to hear of the passing of your husband, father and grandfather. I met him early on in my life and he was a kind and gentle man. My thoughts and prayers are there for your family.
    Angie Clouse

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