Richard Woolley Fetzer, a humble servant of God, “returned to that God who gave him life” March 30, 2020. “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”
Richard was born June 12, 1937 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Percy Kaspar Fetzer and Thelma Woolley. He grew up in the family home on West Temple, located close to the family business, Fetzer’s Architectural Woodworking. He worked at Fetzer’s as a youth and later as an adult after his education at the University of Utah and New York University, eventually becoming President and CEO from 1982-2002. As CEO he was often the first to arrive, and last to leave, greeting each individual by name.
Richard exemplified priesthood integrity and compassion throughout his life. He tirelessly gave his heart to raising a righteous posterity.
The Fetzer Home was known as “The Fetzer Hotel,” welcoming many surrogate children. Everyone felt accepted.
Richard felt privileged to have contributed to God’s work in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a missionary in the North German Mission, member of The Tabernacle Choir, missionary with wife Kathleen in the Frankfurt Temple, board member of the Brighton Girls Camp, and missionary in the Nauvoo Temple with his second wife, Gladys. In each of these assignments, he touched individuals with his genuine, personal concern.
His service to the community included being a member of the Exchange Club and sharing his optimism with the people of The Road Home, lovingly helping to lift their burdens.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his swetheart wife, Kathleen (Mugleston). His surviving family includes: His devoted wife, Gladys (Clark Farmer); his twin sister, Ruth Carr (Stephen); sister, Judith Edwards (Robert); and brothers, Robert Fetzer (Debbie), and Clark Fetzer (Jeanne); children, Heidi Page (Kent), Dawn White (Nathan), Laura Hunt (Darcy), Karen Fetzer (Doug), Elaine Hunt (Jaime), Stuart Fetzer (Marcy), Mark Fetzer (Kristi); wonderful and supportive step-children, and grand and great-grandchildren.
Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Cemetery. A celebration of life will take place when large gatherings are permitted in the future
To honor Richard, The Road Home is accepting donations in his name at https://www.theroadhome.org/give/donate/
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