Richard Dean Eatough, age 86, passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at his home in Lynndyl, Utah. He was born July 30, 1932 in Eureka, Utah, the seventh of the eight children of Melvin and Ellen Eliza Simmons Eatough. He grew up with an adventurous spirit with a family that worked mining the hills around Eureka. He attended Tintic High School, and eventually met a pretty girl from Lynndyl. He was married to Marilynn Hayes on January 12, 1952 in Lynndyl, Utah. Upon leaving high school Dean got a job with the Union Pacific Railroad, and they made their first home in Lofgreen, Utah. After a couple of years, they moved into Marilynn’s childhood home in Lynndyl. They loved the home and made it their own, raising four beloved daughters, and a granddaughter.
Dean was a dedicated and hard worker with high integrity. He served many decades as the Railroad Line Supervisor. He deeply enjoyed the camaraderie of the men he worked the lines with. Those who spent time with him will always remember him for his special sense of humor. His hidden joy was getting a rise out of his friends by, through gruff looks or words, causing them to feel uncomfortable and watch them try to figure out what to do next. However it was always meant in good fun, and he loved his friends dearly. When he wasn’t working, his greatest joy was spending time with his family. He enjoyed spending time in the mountains, woodworking and projects to benefit his home and his children. He built many games and equipment for his daughters to play on, as well as a rock garden, waterfall, wishing well and many other projects to make his home a happy place for his family.
He enjoyed his life as a part of the Lynndyl community. He served as the Lynndyl Road Commissioner, keeping the roads in shape. He was a member of the LDS Church and served in many callings including Ward Clerk and a Counselor in the Bishopric.
He retired from the Railroad at 62, and later worked at Jubilee. Marilynn passed away on July 24, 2012 after sharing his life for 60 years. He has deeply missed her these last many years, and we are sure they are sharing a wonderful reunion together.
Dean is survived by his daughters: Shauna (Michael) Memmott, West Valley City; Cathy (James) Bean, North Ogden; Mary Hoffman, Delta; Michelle (Brad) Hogan, Liberty, Utah; 20 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; brother: Keith Eatough. He was preceded in death by his wife: Marilynn; grandchildren: Michael and Teresa Memmott; siblings: Melvin "Buzz", Victor, Vivan, Helen, Floyd, and Donald.
Our family gives a special thank you to Roger and Kay Stowell for their service taking care of our Dad's needs, our very grateful recognition to Sheila Park for all her loving care and companionship, and the staff of At Home Hospice who allowed Dad to spend his last days at home where he wanted to be.
A Viewing will be held on Saturday, August 18, at the Leamington LDS Church, 90 South Center St, 10:00-11:10 am, before traveling to the Lynndyl Cemetery for a Graveside Service, to be held at 11:30 am.