Richard Duane Guymon passed away on June 5 of complications from cancer.
Richard was born on March 20, 1931 in Murray, UT to Ervin and Beth Guymon. He was Erv and Beth’s oldest child. His family moved back to Blanding, UT and with the exception of a short time when his family returned to Salt Lake as a child, service in the military and college, Blanding was his home.
He took great pride in the city of Blanding. Anyone who engaged in a conversation with Richard would soon learn of his love for the town and would be told stories about its history.
In high school, Richard played basketball for the San Juan High School basketball team. He graduated in 1949 and was on the starting five all during his high school years.
After graduation he attended Dixie College for a short time before he was called to serve in the Army. He served in Germany from 1952-1954.
In the army he played basketball and volleyball, and his team won a Division Championship.
After the military, he enrolled at Utah State University in Logan, UT where he met Carolyn Webb. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Logan Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on September 14, 1955.
Together they have five children (Debbie, Kelly, Brent, Suzanne and Don).
After graduating in 1957, Richard returned to Blanding to teach high school at San Juan High School, where he would teach for 30 years. He taught Chemistry, Biology and Math.
He is remembered for always having a joke for his students, for filling the school with rotten egg gas once a year, trips to “Agathon” at Utah State University and most importantly for his dedication to his students.
A comment on Facebook from a former student, at news of his passing, said, “One of those teachers you don’t forget because you knew he loved what he was doing and cared.”
In addition to teaching, Richard worked on the family farm with his father and brothers and sisters. Together they raised hay and cattle on over 2,000 acres.
Richard also sold Navajo jewelry and served for many years as the president of the San Juan Credit Union. In his later years, in addition to his store, he worked at the Four Corners Inn, which he owned with his brothers and sisters.
Richard was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was proud of the missionary service of his sons and grandsons, and he currently has a granddaughter, Melanie Poh, serving in New Jersey. He was very generous with his money in helping finance their missions.
Amongst his favorite callings were Sunday School President, Ward Clerk and Stake Financial Clerk.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carolyn; his five children Debbie, Kelly, Brent, Suzanne and Don; siblings Park, Bonnie, Gary, Lawrence and Kathleen; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceeded in death by his parents.
A viewing will be held for Richard at the San Juan Mortuary in Blanding, Utah (370 S Main St) from 6-8 on Wednesday June 10th and 9:30-11 on Thursday June 11th.
Services were held June 11 in Blanding. Interment followed the funeral in the Blanding City Cemetery.
Card of thanks
The family would like to thank Dr. Val Jones, the staff of the Four Corners Care Center, Blue Mountain Hospital and the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Until we meet again Dad.