In Memory

Richard Carlos Bell

Richard Carlos Bell, 78, of Pleasant View, Utah, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2023 at Sunridge Assisted Living in Layton, Utah after battling the effects of long-covid.

Richard was born on March 13, 1944 in Ogden, Utah to Dortha Caroline Larsen and Darrell Alma Bell.  He graduated from Weber High School in 1962 and served in the Army National Guard of Utah.  Richard married Pamela Brenchley in 1969, and they are the parents of three sons – Michael, Jeffery, and Matthew.  Following their divorce, Richard married LaWanna Bishop in 1984 and became the proud father to Tony, Cory, Bridgette, Bryan, Stephanie, and Allyson.

Richard served two full-time missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – once as a young man to the New Zealand South Mission (1964-1966), and once with his beloved wife, LaWanna, to Martin’s Cove Wyoming (2010).  Richard and LaWanna also served close to home as inner-city missionaries in Ogden (2011-2012).  Richard valued his career at the Defense Depot at Hill Air Force Base as well as his post-retirement job of driving the school bus for Weber School District.

Richard loved camping, fishing, hiking, skiing, and four-wheeling and was happiest in the great outdoors exploring remote landscapes and sketchy closed mines.  He loved to sit around the campfire and sing songs with his own made-up lyrics to familiar tunes. But mostly he loved sharing the wonder of God’s creations with his family. 

Richard is survived by his wife, LaWanna; children Michael Bell, Roy; Jeffery (Shimber) Bell, Kaysville; Matthew (Kristi) Bell, Uintah; Tony (Marie) Owens, South Jordan; Bridgette (Bart) Burnett, Marriott-Slaterville; Bryan (Tryna) Owens, Plain City; Stephanie Taggart, Roy; and Allyson (Dusten) Russell, Taylor; 24 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; and brother Kent (Karen) Bell, North Ogden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Cory Owens, brother Norman Bell, and sister Narlene Baird.

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02/24/23 02:11 PM #1    

Kent Dawson

Carlos and I served in the New Zealand South Mission at the same time. One of his assignments was in the Christchurch area where he had considerable success. I have returned to NZ many times as part of my tour business and learned of many who will be forever grateful for his dedicated service. Carlos informed me that he was able to return a few years ago and visit with some of them. 

Kent Dawson  

02/24/23 05:14 PM #2    

Dan Gibson

I knew Carlos from both junior high and high school.  Later,  while I was working at DDO, one of the guys from the Information Technology Department told me that someone named Richard Bell knew me from high school and that I should come to the IT Department and meet him.  I told him I did not know any Richard Bell.  The next day I walked over and there was Carlos Bell.  He was now going by Richard.  We had a great chat and caught up on life since high school.  Later when the area I was working in consolidated with our headquarters in Battle Creek Michigan, I transferred to the IT area and he and I worked together for about 10 years.  His wife, LaWanna, also worked with us.  We all three moved to HAFB when the two computer areas were consolidated.  Richard was the lead data base manager for a new multi-service supply system. He was very smart, a dedicated employee, and was a great person to work with.  He was liked by both management and co-workers.  I express sympathy for LaWanna and their family members.  I will miss a good friend and co-worker.

Dan Gibson

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