03/03/1937 ~ 04/10/2014
Richard Ray Ruiz, age 77, passed away peacefully at his home on April 10, 2014. Richard was born on March 3, 1937 to Bernard J. and Pearl Shields Ruiz in Salt Lake City, UT.He married the love of his life, Margaret Anne (Peggy) Ruiz, on Feb. 1, 1960. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on June 14, 1962.
He graduated from Granite High School and worked at Fred A. Carlson Cadillac, Kennecott and Mark Brown/Ethan Allen Furniture. In 1968 he moved to Sanpete County and started a career in real estate, owning and operating United Farm Agency and Unitee Real Estate for over 40 years. He was instrumental in starting a volunteer ambulance service in the Sanpete Valley and volunteered many hours to the ambulance association. He went on to work for Sanpete Valley Hospital as an x-ray technician and later became the clinical engineer for the hospital. He was an avid boater, fisherman, horseman and loved the mountains and his cabin. He could fix anything and was always willing to help. He had an amazing work ethic. He loved his family, his tractor, his backhoe and his cat. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings. Richard was friendly and outgoing. He had a positive influence on all who knew him and did everything to make those around him feel like part of his family. We love you and will miss you dad. He is survived by his wife, Peggy , their children, Robyn (Dennis) Munk, Mt. Pleasant; Brian (Kelli) Ruiz, Orem, Utah; Teri Beamish, Mt. Pleasant, Utah; Steven (Kristina) Ruiz, Pleasant Grove, Utah; 15 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and many, many unofficially adopted kids and grandkids. Brothers, Richard (Gloria) Cano, Palmdale, California; Ronald (Karla) Ruiz, LaVerkin, Utah; Michael (Patty) Ruiz, Tooele, Utah and Robert (Tracy) Ruiz, West Jordan, Utah. Sister, Claudia (Ronald) Bennion, Mt. Pleasant, Utah and an uncle, Clifton Ray (Maxine) Shields, Tooele, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held April 16th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Mt. Pleasant North Stake Center. Viewing will be from 11:00 to 12:30 prior to services. Interment will be at the Mt. Pleasant City Cemetery.