September 14,1926 - February 1,2018\r\n\r\nJohn Morris Richards, Jr. (Jack) was born September 14,1926 in Logan, Utah, to John Morris Richards and Olive Maria Hunsaker. He was the youngest of five children, all of whom preceded him in death. He passed away February 1,2018 in Murray, Utah.\r\n\r\nJack spent his childhood in Logan, Utah, and his youth in Preston, ldaho. He\r\ngraduated from Preston High School in 1944. When he turned 18 a few months later, he was drafted into the army and trained to go overseas to be part of the war effort. The war ended before his training was complete, but he was still sent to Asia as part of the peace-keeping forces.\r\n\r\nWhen his service was over, he began attending Brigham Young University.\r\nBefore long, he received a mission call to the East Central States Mission. He served mostly in Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee under President Thomas Richards, his uncle.\r\n\r\nJack married Charlene Hobbs of Preston on November 22,1950 in the Logan\r\nLDS Temple. They are the parents of four children. He completed his studies at BYU in 1952 and became a school teacher, first in ldaho, but spent most of his career in Salt Lake City. ln 1968, he received an master's degree in guidance counseling. He worked as a junior high counselor for eight years before returning to teaching, which he found to be more fulfilling.\r\n\r\nJack was an active member of the LDS Church and served in many callings. He learned to appreciate the scriptures as a missionary and didn't forget them. He had a great love of education and encouraged his children in their educational pursuits. He was not an avid sportsman, but he loved motorcycles and walking and hearing a good story. He appreciated common sense, independence, and achievement.\r\n\r\nJack is survived by Charlene, his wife of 67 years, his children, Evan, Jill, Glen, and Paul (Joy) nine grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, and 13, going on 15,\r\ngreat-grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews.\r\n\r\nFuneral services will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 11 :00 am in the Hillside Ward LDS Church, 495 East 5600 South, Murray, Utah. A viewing will be held on Friday, February 9, frorn six to eight pm at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary,4760 South State Street, Murray, and for for an hour preceding the service at the church. lnterment wil be in the Logan City Cemetery.\r\n\r\nln lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund or the Humane Society.