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Stephen Frank Richins

February 23, 1959 — March 12, 2023

Brentwood, CA

Stephen Frank Richins, 64, completed his earthly sojourn on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at his home in Brentwood, California, after an intense battle with cancer.

Steve was born in Ogden, Utah, February 23, 1959.  He was the son of the late Frank William Richins, and Helen Fay Buck Richins.  He was sealed to the love of his life, Ruth Santa Cruz on March 2, 1989, in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Steve was a kind, gentle soul who loved life and hard work.  At a young age, he apprenticed as a carpenter where he was taught the value of honesty and integrity; strengths he has always exemplified. He became a licensed contractor at the age of nineteen and spent the rest of his life mastering his craft.  He built many beautiful homes, first in Utah and then in California, where he resided with his family.  His reputation for producing quality work was impeccable, and his craftmanship spoke for itself.  He was highly sought after as a builder even in the weeks leading up to his death, and it was difficult for him to turn those potential clients away.  Nearly eight years ago, Steve’s life was saved through the miracle of a double lung transplant, and he and his family will be forever grateful to those responsible for giving them more time to be together.  Steve could have walked away from the hard work and commitments then, but he did not.  He never let illness or injury keep him from finishing a job for which he was committed, and he didn’t cut corners.  

Steve dedicated his life to providing a home full of love and peace, and he made his wife and sons his first priority. He spent many years working side by side with his sons, supporting them in scouting and encouraging them to work hard at the tasks in front of them, and he helped fulfill many of his wife’s dreams.  Steve loved music and could often be heard singing along to whatever song he was listening to, whether it be country, folk, or classic rock, watching a video of a talented musical artist on YouTube, or just enjoying the sounds of his sons playing music. He was as avid reader. He always had a smile on his face and a mischievous sparkle in his eye. He loved to tease and had a fun sense of humor.  But he also had a serious side and educated himself regarding issues that he felt were important. He loved deeply and is deeply loved.  We will miss him, until we meet again.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his wife (Ruth) and children:  Stephen Richins of Brentwood, California; Bryan Richins of Brentwood, California; sisters Anna (Jon) Davis of Layton, Utah; Nancy (Marshall) Volpa of Sandy, Utah; Trish (Steve) Werner of The Woodlands, Texas; brother Phil (Stacey) Richins of Sandy, Utah.

A Celebration of Life will be held on March 18, 2023, at 11:00 am with a Memorial Service following at 12:00 noon at the Griffith Ward Building, located at 1101 McClarren Road, Brentwood, California.  Funeral Services will be held on April 1, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at the Henefer Ward Building, located at 632 North Main Street, Henefer, Utah. A Viewing will be held Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church.

Interment Henefer Cemetery, Utah.

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