Gordon Richard (Dick) Staker

9/12/1938 ~ 5/18/2021

Gordon Richard (Dick) Staker passed away at home in Cedar City, Utah May 18, 2021 at the age of 82. Gordon was born September 12, 1938 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah to Gordon LaVell Staker and Glenda Celestia Rigby. He and his sister Glendona (Charles) Hermansen were the pre-WWII children and his brothers Robert W. (Sheila) Staker, Charles R. Staker and J. Edward (Sara) Staker were post war children. He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles Staker, a grandson, Ryan Vincent Staker and a nephew, Marc Hermansen.

Gordon and his wife, Beverly Graham, were married in the Manti, Utah temple, September 13, 1957. They recently celebrated their 63rd Wedding Anniversary. They are the parents of five children: Laura Ann (Alan) Bluemel of West Valley City, Utah; Debra (Dean) Brown of Antioch, California; Richard Todd Staker, of Meridian, Idaho; Vicki Lynn (Joseph) Bradley of Taylorville, Utah; and Eric Howard (Kristy) Staker of Harrisville, Utah.

Gordon had a deep love and respect for each member of his family and desired that each visit with grandchildren resulted in fond memories that could be recalled throughout life. He also developed an appreciation of his ancestry, gathering family history records and doing work for them in the temple.

His life was busy with little time wasted. His extra activities included: North Sanpete Jr. High student body president, North Sanpete Seminary president, and Snow College student body president. Gordon was a talented musician, playing the trumpet throughout high school and college. He played in three dance bands in the 1950’s as well as more solemn occasions such as military funerals and Memorial Day services.

As a young man he grew up with a love of the outdoors hunting and fishing, and sought his life’s work in an occupation that would keep him close to nature. Gordon graduated from Snow College and Utah State University in the field of Natural Resource Management. He was also a graduate of both Snow College and Utah State University LDS Institutes of Religion and the University Of Montana School Of Administrative Leadership.

Gordon retired from the Bureau of Land Management in 1995 following 37 years of Federal Employment. Early in his career with the BLM he served as the area manager of the Cedar City and Escalante Resource Areas. In 1974 Gordon was selected to participate in the Department of Interior Managerial Training Program in Washington D.C.  and worked in the Legislation and Registration office in Washington D.C.  He later served as district manager of the Baker, Oregon and Cedar City, Utah Districts, and as the Chief of Resources in the Oregon-Washington State Office. He received the Department of Interior Meritorious Award in 1988.

The eldest son of a military man, Gordon grew up taking much responsibility for his parent’s family while his father was serving his country during World War II and the Korean War.

Following a Staker family tradition, Gordon was seventeen when he enlisted in the Utah National Guard where he served for eight years.  During the Cuban Missile Crisis Gordon’s unit was activated through 1961-62 as an attachment to the U.S. Army.

Gordon was always found serving Heavenly Father whom he loved. He served as a bishop in Cedar City, Utah, Escalante, Utah, and Baker, Oregon, as Branch President in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and on the High Council of the Annandale, Virginia Stake, the Beaverton, Oregon, Stake, and the Cedar City, Utah Stake.

After retirement, he and his wife, Beverly, served five missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Russia Moscow Mission, the Hawaii Honolulu Mission, the New York Rochester Mission at the Hill Cumorah Historic Sites, the Ohio Cleveland Mission at the Kirtland Historic Sites, and the California Fresno Mission.

Gordon and his wife, Beverly, served for over five years as Temple Ordinance workers in the St. George Temple.

Gordon was a fearless warrior for 23 years battling Parkinson Disease.

The family expresses gratitude to Suntree Hospice, Ethan Bunker and Adri for their tender care of their husband and father.

Funeral services will be held at the Red Church, 50 State St., Mt. Pleasant, Utah Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 12:30 pm under the direction of Rasmussen Mortuary (masks required). A viewing will be held at the church prior to the services beginning at 11:30 am. Interment will be at the Fairview City Cemetery with military rights.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Utah Food Bank.

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10 Responses to “Gordon Richard (Dick) Staker”

  1. Sheila Angerhofer says:

    We love your family and wish you the best. We plan to watch the service Saturday via the link and we will honor your request for donations to Utah food bank.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Dick’s passing. I hope you’re doing okay, Aunt Beverly. I will always remember being a “miniature bride” at your wedding reception after your wedding to Uncle Dick.
    Love, Lynnette

  3. Blaine & Verlene Steiner says:

    He was a great warrior for his country and for the Lord and for his family. He went about throughout his life doing good. His service will be welcome where he now resides in paradise.

  4. Terry and Vicki Johnson says:

    Dear Beverly and Family

    We express our deepest condolences to you and your family at this time.
    Gordon was an outstanding man and individual. He was always the consument gentlemen. When I think of somebody that exemplified decency it was Gordon. He stood for what ever is good in this world.
    Beverly I’m old enough to remember you two when your were dating and when you two got engaged and married. What a wonderful couple you two are. I know that he showed real courage dealing with that debilitating decease. A class gentlemen as are you a class lady. You have a wonderful family.

    Love
    Vicki and Terry

  5. Dear Sis. Staker and Family,

    It was such a privilege to serve with you and your husband in the St. George Temple and to see you as patrons afterwards. So sorry for your loss. He lived a good life with, I am sure, a lot of help from you.

    Winnie Sorensen

  6. Lynne Smith Afton Stapley says:

    I visit Afton Stapley. She has known Bro. Staker for many years and asks about him frequently.

    I will take my laptop to her house Saturday. While she basically can no longer see she wants to listen to his funeral service.

    I am rather challenged in this type of thing. Will this be similar to watching Zoom Worship Service and Sunday Schoo.

  7. Zondervans says:

    Sending love to his wonderful family. In Oregon they used to take me in as a kid and always treated me as their own. SUCH LOVE! Forever grateful for such a family and kindness. Touched my life forever!

    No more death, suffering or goodbyes in heaven.

    Love from the Zondervan’s

  8. Elwood Jensen says:

    Dear Beverly and family, good friends, sorry for your loss.

  9. Rulon & Marilla Jolley says:

    We send our love. It has been a rare privelage to have associated with such a valient spirit as Gordon is and to see the great strength Beverly has been in caring for him for so many yesrs. We pray for you and your family. love you

  10. Dear Aunt Beverly:

    “This land is your land, this land is my land,
    “From California to the New York Island,
    “From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters,
    “This land was made for you and me.”

    Woody Guthrie

    I am continuously reminded that your husband was a great shepherd to this nation’s land [BLM].

    The memorial service for Uncle Dick was very beautiful, most often for the bubbling of children’s’ voices.

    I was fairly ignorant of Uncle Dick’s illness but have been informed by the beautiful memorial service that I attended by ZOOM. I am so sorry about this.

    Your Nephew,
    Geoff Winterowd