Richard Leland Desmond was born February 19, 1929, in Enumclaw, WA to Leslie Conrad and Ida Mae Potter Desmond. He was a child of the depression and grew up living with little and learning to work hard to provide for his family. He served in the military at the end of World War II in the US Navy. He served on the Island of Guam and the Atoll of Marcus. Richard married Colleen Woolstenhulme and they raised 6 children together: Phil (Lynda); Vickie (Sheldon), Jeanette (Jess); Lynette (Paul), Melanie (Alan); Dean (Janine); 26 Grandchildren, 77 Great Grandchildren, and 61/2 Great Great Grandchildren.

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Richard is preceded in death by his wife Colleen, grandson Rick, and great grandson Jarrett. He served his Heavenly Father with all his might, mind Together Again and strength. He loves the Savior and Heavenly Father. He loved the gospel and was grateful for all the blessings it brought into his life. Everywhere he went he reached out and helped lift others along the way. Strangers became friends and friends became family.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the Valley View Memorial Park (4335 W 4100 S, West Valley City, UT 84120). Online condolences and live link at


Graveside Service

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Valley View Cemetery
4335 W 4100 S,
West Valley City, UT 84120

Services Handled By

Rasmussen Mortuary

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Post Date

Jan 09, 2021

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  • Navy


  • World War II
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Sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a great friend and bishop to me. Lynette was a great baby sitter for Scott and John. We send you our love and condolences. Dan Festin

Dan Festin , West Valley City, UT, US Jan 18, 2021