Ricky Allen Clifford, age 65, passed away on December 13, 2021 in South Jordan, Utah after a\nlong battle with Alzheimer’s. While the disease robbed him of so much, we will never forget all\nthe memories he left with us.\n\nRick was born on March 24, 1956 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Bob and LaRae Clifford. He grew up\nin Rose Park on Oakley Street where he had many great memories with neighbors and friends.\nHe was the youngest of three children, and he loved and admired his older siblings Sue and\nDave.\n\nHe graduated from West High School. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ\nof Latter Day Saints and went on to serve an LDS mission in the Illinois, Chicago Mission. He\nhad some of his greatest memories there, which were some of the few that he was able to hold\non to in later years. Serving a mission taught him the importance of hard work and a clean\nhome.\n\nHe loved camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time outdoors. He was also a handyman and\nhad a gift for fixing everything. From curling irons to Nissan Sentras, if it was broken, he could\nfix it.\n\nHe grew up around the corner from his sweetheart, Sandy Higham. They were sealed for time\nand all eternity in the Manti Temple on October 19, 1978. He is the proud father of five children\nthat they raised together, as well as one who preceded him in death. His greatest joy was his\nfamily and his most prized title was that of Poppy. He found his true calling in life when he\nbecame a grandpa. His grandchildren loved spending time with him. He spent hours jumping\nwith them on the trampoline and pushing them in the swings. As the disease took more and\nmore away from him, Rick’s favorite companion was his dog, Henry. Henry was his best buddy,\nand their daily walks brought peace amidst the storm of his disease.\nRick is survived by his loving wife Sandy and their children: Rebecca (Brian) Simmons, Rachel\n(Shaun) Curtis, Katie (Cory) Heslop, Corey (Abby) and Casey, as well as their 8 grandchildren.\nPreceded in death by their son Ricky as well as his parents.\n\nWe are forever grateful for the ward and neighborhood that provided so much support to Rick\nduring the last years of his life, especially his good buddy Scot Allen and his wife Caryn who\nwent above and beyond to make Rick feel accepted and loved.\n\nA funeral service will be held on Friday, December 17 at 2:00 pm at the LDS stake center on\n11400 South and 1570 West. A viewing will be held at Jenkins Soffe Funeral Home(1007 West South Jordan Pkwy) on Thursday, December 16th from 6:00-8:00 pm. There will be a viewing held Friday prior to the service at the Stake Center from 1:00 - 1:45 pm.\n\nThe family requests in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints missionary fund.