Robert “Bull” C. Richards jogged his way to heaven on February 18, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Diane Fox Richards, and his three amazing children and two “so-so” children, Raquel Richards, Shalauna (Brady) Barker, Micah (Denise) Richards, Brigham (Shalyse) Richards, and Kinsale (Jordan) Barker. He was Papa Bull to eight grandchildren that absolutely adored him. He is also survived by his siblings, Grant (Christie) Richards, Nancy (Steve) Holdaway, Mary Louise (Lonny) Arnell, and David (Kristine) Richards. He was preceded in death by his parents, Grant and Lucile Richards, and his sister, Heidi Tripp.
“Bull” was raised on a dairy farm. With his father, he traveled to county fairs to show his All-American Dairy Cow, Trixie. He had fond memories of growing up and working on the farm.
Robert always excelled academically. He graduated from BYU and then received his M.D. degree from The University of Utah Medical School. He also earned an MBA degree from George Washington University.
Robert was loved for his generosity and kindness. He loved people and always wanted to help anyone in need. He enjoyed interacting with people and truly loved his patients.
We loved his fun, larger than life personality. His enthusiasm was contagious, especially his love of sports. He loved to play and watch a variety of sports. He was a devoted fan to his favorite teams. We all remember his love for Larry Bird and the Celtics.
Papa Bull was truly the world’s best grandpa. All of his grandchildren loved him beyond measure. He was available to them 24/7. They loved playing games with him and his competitiveness did not diminish when playing with them. They will never forget papa candy, hearts, blokus, and Brick Oven. He was so proud of all of his grandchildren.
Robert was a wonderful husband and father. He supported us in everything we did. He was always there for us. He would “patiently” help us with our math homework, was at every ball game and performance, and even coached all of our teams. He made life such a fun adventure for us. We love him and will miss him dearly. According to Robert’s wishes there will be no funeral service. A small family graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please attend a Utah Jazz game, but cheer loudly for the Celtics!