Richard “Rich” J. Thomson

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Richard James Thomson, beloved husband, amazing father and dear friend. “He’s never met a stranger,” speaks volumes to who he was. We pray those who’ve had the joy of knowing his kind, direct, thoughtful and genuine nature will treasure their memories as we treasure ours.

Rich, 84, passed away on May 30, 2017 in St. George, Utah. He was born to John and Anna Thomson in Los Angeles, CA.  Rich grew up in Needles, CA. He played high school football which initiated a lifelong love for the sport. He was in the Navy from 1951-55 serving on the U.S.S. Spangler in the Korean War. He married Karen Dawson soon after and had two boys, Steven and Kirk. He attended San Diego State University obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in 1964 and his Master of Social Work from UC Berkley in 1966. Rich began his career with San Diego County Department of Social Services in 1962. He retired from DSS in 1992 as an Assistant Deputy Director.

 He met the love of his life, Beverly, and the two married in 1988, adding two step-children, Brandi and Beau, into his life. Bev retired in 1996 and that began the whirlwind they experienced together: numerous cruises, countless road trips and multiple overseas excursions! In their adventures they also sought peace and tranquility outside of San Diego and relocated to Cedar City in 2003. Outside of traveling, Rich loved to read, garden, spend time with his family, watch football and be with his little dog, Buddy.

 Rich is survived by his wife, Beverly, his dog Buddy, children Steven (Kathy) Thomson of Naples, Florida, Kirk (Wendy) Thomson of San Diego, California, Brandi Stoetzel of Cheyenne, WY, and Beau (Adrienne) Beamesderfer of Colorado Springs, Colorado as well as 7 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

 His Celebration of Life will take place August 12 in Cedar City.  The family greatly appreciates the medical team at Dixie Medical Center and the love and support of their friends and family through this difficult time. Arrangements were handled by Southern Utah Mortuary.  Online condolences can be sent to family at

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