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Richard Melvin Brunson

November 10, 1931 ~ August 14, 2019 (age 87)

Richard Melvin Brunson: Delta, Utah - Our loving father, Richard Melvin Brunson, 87, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the Hospital in Delta, Millard, Utah from sepsis. On November 10, 1931 in East Ely, White Pine, Nevada he became the third child born to his parents Fay Bell Brunson and Nellie Elizabeth Conrad.

He grew up in McGill Nevada. While attending B.Y.U. he met and married Juanita May Gifford on June 11, 1953 in the Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located in Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho. From this union they had 4 children Pennie, born in Fort Riley Geary, Kansas, Lynnette, Brian David, and Ivan Keith who were all born in Nampa, Canyon, Idaho. Together they lived in Kansas, Idaho, and Alaska before settling in Delta, Utah where they made their home for 39 years.

During his time in the army he trained German shepherds. He trained one the dogs to wake him when his superiors came by. He continued raising dogs for years after his discharge. Richard loved to take care of animals. At various times he took care of rabbits, goats, geese, chickens, cows, pigs, peacocks, and turkeys. He was a master gardener and loved sharing the fruits of his labors with friends and family. In his younger years he loved hunting and fishing. He was an avid reader and theologian who loved to study a variety of topics. He was a hard worker and an excellent provider. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where he served in various capacities.

He is survived by his 4 children Pennie Henrie (John) Delta, Utah, Lynnette Tubbs (Alex) Twin Falls, Idaho, Brian Brunson (Trina) Mt. Pleasant, Utah, and Cindy Brunson, Menifee California, his sisters Lois and Jan, and brother Don, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren living in various places across the United States. He is preceded in death by his wife Juanita May Brunson, parents Fay Bell and Nellie Elizabeth Brunson, his brother Dean, and 1 great grandson.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, August 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the LDS First Ward Building located at 222 W. 200 N., Delta. The viewing will be Sunday, August 18, 2019 between 6 and 8 p.m. at the First Ward Building. A second viewing will be held Monday, August 19, 2019 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the First Ward Building. Interment will be in the Delta City Cemetery under the care of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home. Online condolences can be expressed at

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