Jerald Eugene Richman, 81, passed away June 8, 2022, from injuries sustained in a fall; a complication of Parkinson’s disease. Jerry was born in Logan, UT, on September 5, 1940, to Ellis Eugene and Harriett Ellen Bickmore Richman of Paradise, UT. While still a toddler, the family moved to Brigham City. Jerry attended Brigham City schools and graduated from Box Elder High School Class of 1958. A proud Box Elder Bee, he was on the swim team and played on the football team that won the Utah State Class A Championship his senior year. In his younger years, Jerry was a member of the drum and bugle corps that performed at various locations. One memorable trip was to perform in Washington, D.C.; across the country in a school bus. The travel discomfort was lessened by frequent stops at various historical sites. He worked for Fife Construction Company as he put himself through college. Jerry attended Utah State University and was a life-long true blue Aggie even though he later earned his BA degree in Data Processing from Weber State University. Jerry was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Jerry married Virginia Lynne Amundsen on August 11, 1961, and together they had four children; they later divorced. In 1965 Jerry landed a position at the IRS Ogden Service Center and was later selected as a resident program analyst. In 1970, he moved his young family to Falls Church, VA, where they lived for 18 months while he trained for his new position. Returning to the Ogden Service Center, he was highly valued for his ability to “fix the computer bugs.” He often traveled to other centers to assist in systems implementation and/or upgrades. At one time, he cancelled a planned vacation to assist another service center when his counterpart suddenly fell ill. Jerry retired in 1995 as the OSC data base administrator; one of only 10 positions nationwide in the agency.
On Valentine’s Day 1975, Jerry married Faye Hamilton Goff in Elko, NV. With this union he gained two step-sons. Enjoying the great outdoors, their family took camping trips to Red Fish Lake, Mirror Lake, or any place the fish might be biting. They supported dance recitals and girls’ sports and enjoyed Little League Football and high school football supporting their sons’ teams.
Jerry and Faye spent many years with friends, boat camping at Flaming Gorge and house boat trips to Lake Powell. One of Jerry’s favorite trips was the annual guys’ outing to Flaming Gorge with full coolers and one package of wieners - - then wondering what they would do with all those wieners. Jerry liked to cook and would spend months planning the menu and the games for the family’s Christmas Eve dinner. He liked family reunions or any party. He enjoyed growing tomatoes, bowling, golfing, fishing, coin collecting, and the deer hunt. He liked Peach Days and any event related to the driving of the Golden Spike. He loved Bear Lake and any National or state park, especially if a golf course was nearby. Jerry enjoyed and favored the humor of country western music but thought the only really good recording artist was Neil Diamond.
Jerry and Faye enjoyed several cruises and visited many foreign countries. Jerry’s favorite trip was a photo safari to Africa in 2009; a close second being Egypt. They spent winters at their home in St. George where they enjoyed local theater, Institute for Continued Learning (ICL) through Dixie State University, warmer weather, and the company of other snow birds.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Trevor Smith. He is survived by his wife, Faye; a romance of 47 years, and his children, Jeffrey Richman, Brigham City; Sydney (Alan) Andersen, Mantua; Cassee Harper (Kenny Wollenhaupt), West Valley City; Todd Richman, Brigham City; Gary (Kallie) Goff, Henderson, NV; and Donald (Dodie) Goff, Irrigon, OR; a sister Elizabeth (Ray) Taylor, Blackfoot, ID; and his canine cuddle partner, Molly. He leaves behind numerous loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family is grateful for and thanks the skilled and caring people who provided home health care, pain management, and for the comforting services of Hospice. Your kindness will long be remembered.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Lindquist’s Roy Mortuary, 3333 West 5600 South. The family will meet with friends Friday, June 17th from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary.
Interment, Brigham City Cemetery.