September 11th 1955 – November 17th, 2023
The dash between those two dates signifies a lot of sacrifice, love, and adventure for this son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather.
Scott Richards was born in Roy, Utah to Joel Richards, Jr. and Jessalyn Hillier on September 11th, 1955. Scott served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Sao Paulo, Brazil from 1975-1977. Scott returned home to meet and marry his wife, Mary Robertson on January 10, 1978 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Scott worked for UPS in Boise, Idaho for 30 years. He knew every door on his Overland route, and towards retirement, he grew to love his Idaho City route, even in the winter. His post-retirement job at Lowe’s in Meridian gave him the opportunity to talk to new people everyday and share all of his knowledge of tools, and sometimes how not to use them.
Scott spent his life devoted to serving those around him, often quoting Mosiah 2:17, “when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” He would spend hours a day fixing bikes for missionaries and neighbors for only the price of parts. He was also on the volunteer firefighters board up in New Centerville, Idaho as the secretary. He would drive up monthly to help arrange their needs and would participate, as well as volunteer his clan to help clean up after their main fundraiser breakfast each year. Scott would also be tapped on the shoulder annually as the youth groups at church would be preparing for any bicycling merit badge or trip to ensure that the kids’ bikes were up for the challenge and the kids knew the rules of the road. For Scott it was a pleasure to volunteer each summer in the 1990’s for the Women’s Challenge on the road crew. Overall, Scott was always available when he was called to serve.
Adventure was in Scott’s blood. He started riding his bicycle across the country in stints annually starting in New York City. Each year coming back with tales of tornado warnings, stray dogs, and semi-trucks getting a little too close for comfort. This cross-country trip hit a pause button in Nebraska, but was picked up with other adventures. Scott has traveled the world by himself, with his children, and more recently cruising with his wife. His last big adventure was by motorcycle down along Mississippi river, and back in time for another cruise in the Mexican Riviera with Mary. Adventuring is a legacy he is passing to his children.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Boise; six daughters, Melissa (Adolpho) Guajardo, Boise, ID, Rebecca (Nathan) Howell, Meridian, ID, Megan Mattson (Mark), Meridian, ID, Erin (Adam) Ogden, Meridian, ID, Amanda Richards, Boise, ID, Shannon (Sasa) Rkman, Meridian, ID; three sons, Benjamin (Andrea) Richards, Grafenöhr, Germany, Jordan Richards, Boise, ID, Justin (Kelli) Richards, Meridian, ID. 13 Grandchildren. Also survived by five sisters Lynda (Frank) Badger, South Ogden, UT, Sheryl (Steven) Bailey, South Ogden, UT, Valerie (Bruce) Gardner, Richland, WA, Pamela (David) Collier, Layton, UT, and Debra (Bill) Bozung, Highland, UT; one brother, Joel (Cathy) Richards III, Holladay, UT. He was proceeded in death by his parents.
A memorial will be held at the LDS Church on 6032 N Five Mile Rd, Boise, Idaho 83713 at 2pm on Saturday the 25th of November, 2023.
In lieu of flowers the family welcomes financial contributions in Scott’s memory to the Boise Bicycle Project.