In Memory

Richard W. "Rich" McClure


Craig Hansell, Rich McClure and Craig Poulsen


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02/05/15 06:31 PM #1    

Terry Rushton

Consummate Stud.  Bluegrass music in his soul.  Pledge brother in PKA at UofU.

09/15/15 02:01 PM #2    

Craig Hansell

McClure was an amazing dude. Rich was my cousin (our mothers were sisters) and neighbor so we spent a lot of time together. From the  depths of southern Utah to the heights of  Wyoming's Windriver Mountains, we ventured together. Craig Paulsen was the first in our class to own a Land Rover. Rich was the second. We explored the wilds of Canyonlands and what is now the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. On one trip Rich taught Den VandenAkker to fly off his Land Rover roof. The flight  shortened their trip with a detour  to the emergency room in Price. This was years before Den took up skydiving. One backpacking trip in the Windrivers included skinny dipping with the Paulsens in Lost Lake.

Bluegrass music was a big part of Rich's life. He and the Deseret String Band shared their musical skill locally and at the Weiser Old Time Fiddler's Festival in Idaho. His geology interest and later a masters degree in sociology  kept him busy. When many of us were becoming "guests" of the government in southeast asia, Rich became a conscientious objector and served his two years as a hospital orderly  Even as MS slowed his gate and then put him in a wheelchair, Rich used his counseling skill to advise the disabled.  Rich cut an impressive path.

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