Richard Donald Williamson


Rick Williamson peacefully passed away on January 29th 2018 at Portneuf Medical Center from complications of Pneumonia. He was surrounded by his loved ones.

Rick was born on January 18, 1950, in Cedar City to Lester C and Maurine Benson Williamson. He was the 2nd of 4 sons. Rick attended school in Paragonah and Parowan where he met and tormented his sweetie Carol Chamberlain. They were married on December 6, 1968, in Parowan. They were later sealed for time and eternity on July 27, 1981, in the Idaho Falls Idaho LDS temple.

Rick and Carol had four girls: Krista, Tami, Staci and Jodi. Carol and his four little girls were the loves of his life. He loved to take them on mountain rides, camping, hunting, fishing, cutting wood, and packing back in on the horses and mules. Family was the MOST important to him.

Rick followed his passion for hunting and became a Government trapper in Idaho in 1980. He was employed with the USDA Wildlife Services Animal Damage Control. He was also able to bring his love for hunting with hounds as he was the state bear and lion specialist. The highlight of his career was when he became the Wolf Management specialist for Idaho as well as becoming the Western US wolf educator on wolf trapping techniques.

There was something special about him, you could walk into his camp a stranger and when you left you had gained a lifelong friend.

Rick’s girls added to his gang five granddaughters, seven grandsons, and three great grandsons. It was the first time the boys out-numbered the girls in Rick’s clan. He loved each one of them and there was no doubt that they were his pride and joy. There wasn’t a conversation he had or a story that he shared that didn’t include them.  Teaching them to hunt, shoot their guns and bows always brought the biggest smile to his face.

There is a huge hole in our family that can never be filled, but he taught us that families are forever and this life is not the end. He is no doubt looking down upon us cheering us on.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Maurine Williamson; his little girl Krista, and his brothers Mike and Paul. He is survived by his sweetie of 49 years, Carol Chamberlain Williamson, Arco, Idaho; Tami ( Elocadio) Cardenas, Tucson, Ariz.,  Staci (Brent) Dalton, Chubbuck, Idaho; Jodi (Troy) Calloway, Knoxville, Tenn; brother Joe ( Leslie) Williamson, Olympia, Wash.  His granddaughters: Brittany, Samm, Paige, Savanah and Aspen, his grandsons: Brian, Jonathan, Brett, Justin, Colt, Brenten and Oakley and his great-grandsons: Chase, Emilio and Gus.

Funeral services were held on Saturday February 3, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in Paragonah Utah, Paragonah LDS Church. A viewing was held prior to the service on February 3, 2018 from 10-11:15 am. Interment was in the Paragonah Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com

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