Richard Thomas Cloward, known as “Dick” to his friends, was a loyal husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He died at home on his 80th birthday. Born in Payson, UT to Beryldean and June Thomas Cloward on July 3, 1940, he was the oldest of four children; three boys and one girl. He learned to work on his dad’s farm which produced thousands of eggs daily and Richard would help gather them. His childhood was spent playing on Salem pond. Then as a young teen, he moved to Spanish Fork. He weeded beet farms and worked at JCPenney.
Richard married his sweetheart, Sharon Foote, in 1963. They were blessed with five boys. His work-ethic was of paramount importance to him and he taught his boys (and their neighbor friends) by example to take pride in their work. He loved a good project and regularly showed up at his boys’ homes to help them. He enjoyed it and it showed.
Richard attended the University of Utah for four years, studying engineering, specializing in industrial engineering. He served in the Army from 1958 to 1961 on the missile base in Thule Greenland. This training provided the knowledge he needed for his career at what was then Hercules Aerospace, working there from 1962 - 1994. He left Hercules after 32 years and began a consulting career as an energy expert and he served on the Governor’s Board of Energy. He believed in conserving energy and taught it (at home that meant turn-off the lights even if you were in the room). After retiring, he went to work for his son at Cottonwood Landscapes for 20 years.
He loved to camp, hunt, and fish with his family and friends. Richard breathed, slept, and ate hunting and fishing. He, along with another sportsman, formed the Utah Wildlife Leadership Coalition. He traveled the state recruiting sportsmen to the cause of improving wildlife habitats and policies in Utah. He lobbied Congress to create change and persuaded Hercules to donate rocket casings for wildlife watering holes. The organization continued to grow and is now called Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife with a large membership across multiple states. He built two airboats and was a member of the Utah Airboat Association (he still owes many airboat rides to those who grew up in the neighborhood). He hunted all over the world and especially loved to hunt in Africa and Canada.
He is remembered for church service in the role of Webelos leader for more than a decade and Elder’s Quorum President. He loved to serve and loved taking care of the widows in his neighborhood. Many boys from his Webelos Den remember to this day the knots he taught, the science they learned, and doing push-ups and sit-ups in the backyard.
Dad loved to have fun. He could start and finish the best water-fights ever known, in the neighborhood, camping, and and even inside the house and from the rooftop! He loved to tease and taught his sons the art. To the chagrin of Mom, many family home evenings and family prayers ended in wrestling matches.
Richard was a beloved Grandpa. He loved to tease and play with the grandkids and share his bowl of popcorn with them sitting on his lap.
- Survived By
- Sharon Foote Cloward, Wife
- Dean Cloward (Tracie), Son
- David Cloward (Lisa), Son
- Dan Cloward (Melanie), Son
- Brian Cloward (Meredith), Son
- Nathan Cloward (Rachel), Son
- Steven Cloward (Elaine), Brother
- Karen Daniels (Mike), Sister
- Preceded in Death By
- Brent Cloward (Karen), Brother
- Beryldean Cloward, Father
- June Thomas Cloward, Mother
Life Story Info
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Religion and Beliefs
- Hercules Powder Company / Hercules Aerospace / Alliant
We are so sorry for your family’s loss. I had the pleasure of working with and for Dick for many years on energy issues. He was a great man and was always actively engaged in our trade organization - now called the Utah Association of Energy Users. We have missed his active involvement in our group for some time but, even more, we miss his endearing personality and bright smile. Our thoughts and best wishes are with his family as you try to move on with your lives.
Dick Cloward, what a great man. Brother Cloward had such a wonderful influence on so many of us kids growing up in the neighborhood. I have very vivid and appreciated memories of lessons taught to me during Webelos Scouting meetings and activities that shape so many of us kids for good. I spent countless amounts of time at the Cloward home growing up with Dean as my friend. What a great time and place of life. . Just a few years ago I had a chance to tell Dick of his impact on my life when he and Sharon supported us at my fathers services when he passed. Dick is just a great example of goodness. May God bless the Cloward family at this time of loss and the tender mercies of heaven comfort Sharon is our prayer. I would say to Dick, Rest In Peace. But I know he is going at it full blast in heaven. So Dick I say thank you for your example and influence on my life. Until we meet again.
Entered the military (Army)
Left the military
Began work at Hercules Powder Company
Aug 9, 1963
Married Sharon Lucy Foote
Apr 30, 1965
Richard Dean Cloward (son) born
Apr 9, 1968
David Lee Cloward (son) born
Dec 26, 1968
Daniel Thomas Cloward (son) born
Mar 10, 1971
Brian Tanner Cloward (son) born
Mar 4, 1977
Nathan Parley Cloward (son) born
Aug 8, 1981
Sealed in the Salt Lake Temple
Feb 10, 1994
Retired from Hercules Aerospace as an Industrial Engineer specializing in energy solutions (e.g., lighting, gas, electricity).