Richard Cothern

Richard Earl Cothern, age 66, died May 21, 2019 after being in a vehicle accident.  He was born July 27, 1952 in Amarillo, Texas to Maudie Viola McIntire and William Lloyd Cothern.  He married Kathy Riding, and they were later divorced.  He then married Barbara Robinson, who died on Dec. 11, 2009.

For someone who would often say “there’s too many people” in his small hometown of Kanab, Richard was surprisingly quick to engage in friendly banter, story sharing and deep conversation with strangers, longtime friends, and almost anyone he came across.  He had an authentic, easy-going nature, and truly never met a stranger.  Richard was admired by people from all walks of life for his knowledge and skills, and is remembered fondly for his often humorous and genuine way of interacting. 

When he had enough of civilization, he loved to escape to the outdoors, either working out on his drilling rig, backpacking with his daughters, or camping, fishing and hunting with his son, daughter-in-law and grandkids.  Richard loved his grandkids and had an open door policy for them and just about anyone else in need. 

Although Richard did not have a lot of material wealth, he lived richly and generously with what he did have, and will be remembered for his kind, and open-heart.  It will forever echo through the canyons that Richard, “was a good friend, and a good man.”

Richard is survived by his daughters Karianne (David Dzatko) Lowe and Kallie Cothern; son Derald (Jennifer) Cape; sister Diana Marie (Roy) Marx; and 11 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held July 27, 2019 in at the amphitheater in Angel’s Canyon (Best Friends), time to be determined later.  Cremation arrangements were handled by Mosdell Mortuary.


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