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Richard Arnold Ufford, known better to many as Arn Ufford, died Friday, June 14th while on his way home to Vernal, in Heber City, Utah at the age of 75. He passed away due to heart failure.
Arn was raised in Vernal, born July 22, 1943, in Huntington Park, California where his father was stationed during WWII. His parents were Richard E. Ufford and Roberta (Cook) Ufford both deceased. Richard E. Ufford’s 2nd wife is Betty Jean Ufford.
Arn was the oldest of 7 children, he has 3 brothers and 3 sisters, Donald (Darline), Robert who was killed in Vietnam, Ronald, Ellen (Tim) Hadlock all of Vernal, Janet (Lance) Stark and Linna (Dale) Thomas both of Fallon, Nevada.
Arn is survived by his “Sweetie” of 52 years of marriage, Kathy (Bucher) Ufford, his four sons; Rick and wife Carol, Mike and wife Dana, Shane and wife Melissa and Dan. 15 grandchildren: Matt, Jake, Caden, Brandi, Nick, Travis, Bryce, Rakiya, Ryker, Danyelle, Brad, Tyler, Lynzie and Hannah. Also, 8 great-grandchildren and 3 step-grand-children: Amanda, Brandon and Nicholas. He is also survived by sisters-brother-in-laws Nina Knuppel, Sheree (Rick) Melton, Wes Bucher and many nieces and nephews. His biggest legacy was the love for his family. He was loved by many and touched many lives.
Arn was well known in the community. He has been owner of Arn’s Wood Shop for 42 years. He was a martial arts teacher and Master of Chi for many years teaching Kung Fu. In his younger years, he worked in the oil and gas industry as a seismograph operator in many locations in the US and beyond; he was a timber cutter, saw mill operator, carpenter, has been an avid rock collector and prospector, had many scout groups and friends that he went spelunking with him. He loved to make children’s toys at his shop, to go fly-fishing, lake fishing was not his thing. He was an avid dog lover and had many throughout his life.
Arn was adored by all of his family and he loved being a father, grand- father and great grand father. He loved his Savior and was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His most loved calling was working with the scouts in his ward. He graduated from Uintah High School in 1961.
Funeral services will be held Saturday 11:00 a.m. at the Glines 8th Ward Chapel (1270 West 1500 South). A viewing for family and friends will be held Friday evening from 6-8p.m. at the Phillips Ashley Valley Funeral Home and Saturday 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the Church. Interment will be in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Phillips Ashley Valley Funeral Home.