Richard Thorpe Waddingham, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at the age of 63, after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. He never gave up. Born February 4, 1956, to Thorpe and Norma Waddingham, he was the youngest of five children. Richard graduated from Delta High School in 1974. He was a star athlete, competing in track and field, basketball, and football. He broke records and helped win a state championship with his basketball team in 1972 and state championships with his track team in 1973 and 1974. He still holds the school record for the 100-yard dash and the record for the 2A 440-yard relay. His children were never able to beat him in a footrace!
After high school, Richard continued his education and athletic pursuits at Snow College, where he ran track and served as student body president. Richard then served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil, portuguese speaking. He continued his education at the University of Utah and then went on to attend Oklahoma City University School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor. Richard was admitted to the Utah State Bar in 1986. He began his law career working with his father, Thorpe, at Waddingham & Peterson (later Waddingham & Associates). Richard served in many legal capacities, including Delta City Attorney, Fillmore City Attorney, Millard County Attorney, and as the attorney for the Millard School District. He also spent many years representing local water companies, serving to protect their interests. During his career, his cases landed him in front of the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals.
Following his return to Delta, Utah, Richard married his eternal companion, Miriam Scott, on the first day of summer, the beginning of their forever.
Richard loved his schools. He served on the Snow College Economic Advisory Board from 1993 to 1995 and on the Snow College Board of Trustees from 1992 to 1996. He also rooted on his Utah Utes until the very end.
Richard thoroughly enjoyed the practice of law and serving his community, but despite his many professional accomplishments, his greatest joy and success was his family. No words could ever describe what Richard’s family meant to him and what Richard meant to his family. The world truly lost the greatest father, husband, grandfather, brother, and friend. Richard’s family will miss his quick-wit, sense of humor, and fun-loving personality. Nothing made Richard happier than playing games with his family and making them laugh. Oh, how we will miss him at the card table. We know that he will be sitting with us through every game of Five Crowns, Skyjo, and Scrabble, where his memory will live on forever.
Richard is survived by his beautiful wife: Miriam; children: Jeremy (Karen), Bart (Jennifer), Harmony (Kent), Shantaye (Mike), Kaisha (Jon), Camille, Richard, Elise (Payton), and Randa Lynn; 18 grandchildren; siblings: Brent (Sherry), Dana, Lois (George), and Linda (Skip). He is preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren. How sweet a reunion that must have been. He will be so dearly missed.
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 13, at 11:00am, at the Delta LDS Stake Center Chapel, 125 South White Sage Avenue. Viewings will be held Thursday evening, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Nickle Mortuary; and Friday, 9:30-10:40am, prior to the service. Burial will be in the Delta City Cemetery.