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Richard Don Milner
1962 ~ 2022
Richard Don Milner, 59, of Ogden, passed away March 21, 2022 at his home due to complications from chronic health issues.
Born November 21, 1962, in Provo, UT, to Don R. Milner and SusAnn Hyde McKee, Richard grew up and attended schools in Tucson, AZ and Springville, UT, and graduated from Springville High School. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission in the Philippines.
As a graduate jewelry designer, Richard worked in the jewelry trade in Los Angeles. When he moved from California back to Utah in 1995 with his partner Rob King, they opened a large new age gift emporium at the Rainbow Gardens complex in Ogden, UT in 1998, which he managed as the Planet Rainbow store. In this position, Richard designed well over a hundred Olympic pins for various groups and organizations for the 2002 Olympics. Unfortunately, due to Richard and Robert’s health concerns, they had to close their store in 2021. Nevertheless, Rainbow Gardens Gift Shop, The Greenery and My Heritage Fabrics continue to thrive.
Mr. Milner was one of, if not the most talented male quilters in the state of Utah and he created some stunning quilts that he gifted to family members. He was instrumental in bringing My Heritage Fabrics—a quilting store—to Rainbow Gardens and enjoyed visiting with the proprietors.
Richard and Rob shared a passion for travel and made trips all over the United States and abroad. Even their weekly trips to Salt Lake, Provo and Springville could become adventures, always seeking a new art gallery, restaurant, beautiful building or garden.
Richard loved to cook and try new recipes and share them with family members. He was always happy at family gatherings and could be found in the kitchen where all the action was and he was the master of the clean-up, always with a positive attitude. He was a warm, caring and kind man who enjoyed life to its fullest.
Richard is survived by his partner and husband of more than 30 years, Robert Peery King and Richard’s two lovely sisters, Cindy (Robert) Bare of Taft, TN, and Debra (Ryan) Christensen of Idaho Falls, ID; and an extensive family of aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Don R. Milner and SusAnn Hyde McKee.
Rob, Cindy and Debbie and friends will hold a celebration of Richard’s life in front of his home in Watermelon Park, a location that Richard adored, in late June. Details will be forthcoming.
Arrangements entrusted to Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary.
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