Dick Sanford Lundell's Obituary
Contributor: crex Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
Dick Sanford Lundell (72) of Benjamin, passed away suddenly on Thursday, July 27, 2006, while engaged in one of his favorite activities - riding his four wheeler and running his dog, Jenny, in the back fields of Benjamin.
Dick was born May 29, 1934, in Benjamin Utah, the last of eight children to Francis Samuel and Christy Caroline Thomas Lundell. He grew up in Benjamin and graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 1952, where he enjoyed playing sports, especially baseball, and starred in a high school play.
Dick enjoyed dancing at the Arrowhead Resort in Benjamin; and that is, where he met and fell in love with Karen Louise Rasmussen. The romance bloomed and the couple exchanged vows on December 29, 1952. They were later sealed in the Manti LDS Temple on July 15, 1954. Dick and Karen settled in Benjamin in the same house where Dick was born, and became the proud and loving parents of six children: Frances (Gary) Hume, Park City; Richard (Barbara) Lundell, Lancaster Ohio; Kevin (Jolene) Lundell, Pleasant Grove; Gary (Leanna) Lundell, Nephi; Tammy (Allen) Gardner, Elk Ridge; and Sheri (Craig) Wilson, Provo.
After a short stint as a laborer at the Geneva Steel mill, Dick found employment as a corrections officer at the Utah State Prison, in April, 1962. Dick spent the remainder of his career working at the Prison, where he was well respected by both his colleagues and the offenders, for his honesty, integrity, and commitment. During this time, he also continued his education, one class at a time, and graduated from Weber State College with a Bachelor's degree in Police Science. Dick took an early retirement in 1990 to enjoy life, the great outdoors, his friends and family. Because of his distinguished service, the Board of Corrections honored him after his retirement with the Adult Corrections Award in September, 1992.
Dick was proud of, and very involved in, his Benjamin community. He spent many years as a Cub and Boy Scout leader. He especially enjoyed dressing up as Santa Claus and delivering sacks of nuts and candy throughout Benjamin. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing music on a variety of instruments, camping, fishing, gardening, and watching sports. Later, he became fascinated with the prehistoric past of the West Desert and spent many days unearthing fossils and other mineral treasures. He was the gregarious type and loved interacting with people and lived by the motto of "learn something new everyday."
Dick is survived by his children; one sister, Donna (Don) Hill, Pittsburgh PA; one brother, Roy (Carol), Spanish Fork; 27 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Betty Lundell, Benjamin; Janice Lundell, Payson; and faithful companions, Jenny and Garfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Kenneth, Fred, Phillip; and two sisters, Peggy Dallin, Mary McTague.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Walker Mortuary, 187 South Main, Spanish Fork, Utah. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the mortuary; and, on Wednesday, August 2, from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral service being held in the Benjamin Ward church at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Benjamin City Cemetery.