John Calvin Riches Jr. of Murray, Utah, died peacefully on January 2, 2023, at the ripe old age of 96. His journey began in Salt Lake City, Utah with remarkable parents, Cal and Hazel Riches.\n\nDuring his extraordinary life he experienced the hardships of the Great Depression, was an infantry\nsoldier in World War II, received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, founder of Beacon\nMetals, Inc, and survived a worldwide pandemic. While at the U, he met the talented Marilyn Buehner.\nThey were married in the Salt Lake Temple following their graduation in June 1949 and became the\nparents of nine children, Ken (Tonya), Gayle (Trello), Paul (Cathy), Scott (Lisa), Linda (Richard), Louise,\nDave (Lisa), Glen (Ruth), and Brian (Jai-Dee), thirty-four grandchildren, and seventy-eight great\ngrandchildren.\n\nJohn found joy in being with people, including his family, extended family, neighbors, ward members,\nstake members, missionaries. He had a remarkable memory especially in remembering names. His\nsquinty eyes could nearly disappear when his broad smile would appear. He has always had a\nconnection with young people. He felt very fortunate for the opportunity to serve in the church,\nespecially as a Mission President in South Carolina where he and Marilyn felt a deep connection with the missionaries and its members. Then again in Los Angeles where the two were privileged serve as\ndirectors of the visitors center at the beautiful Los Angeles California Temple in Santa Monica.\nHe was very fond of nature. Fishing and hunting gave him rich opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends. Fishing for silver salmon in Alaska, hunting for ducks in the flooded woods of Arkansas, or fly fishing for jumbo rainbows at his favorite hole in Nevada provided pure adventure for him.\n\nJohn was preceded in death by wife, Marilyn, daughters Gayle and Louise, parents, Cal and Hazel, and\nsiblings Jeane, Marge, and Lynn.\n\nFuneral services will be held on Monday, January 9,2023, at 11:00 am at the Murray 25th Ward at 4600 South and Brown Street, Murray, with a viewing at the same location on Sunday, January 8, from 6:00-8:00 pm and one hour before the funeral.