MYTON - Richard Orville Tatman, age 63 of Myton, Utah died peacefully in his home on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.
Richard was born May 17, 1950 in Price, Utah to Orville and Ruby Mae Swasey Tatman.
Richard was described as being hard-working charismatic and strong, he had a love for life and held on through a decade of illness!
Richard grew up in Carbon County, Utah. He left there in 1967 when he was drafted. He served 1 tour in the US army with the first infantry battalion in south Vietnam. Richard fought the Vietcong in the Mekong delta and survived the 1968 Tet offensive returning home with a Purple Heart, an Infantryman's Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Bronze Star and the CIB with Valor!
Richard married Christine Woolsey in 1970 and worked in the oil patch for 20 years raising his family!
Richard loved his work and he continued to work in the heavy construction industry and drilling industry until his heart and lung disease forced his retirement in 2001. He pressed on through it all for more than a decade devoting his time to his home and hobbies but mostly he loved to spend time with his grandchildren. He was a cowboy at heart and an old soul who loved to tell stories. So perhaps it is that his grandchildren will remember him best for his stories and sayings.
He is survived by his 5 children; Ricky Tatman, Jonde Tatman, Jennifer Tatman Germond, Jesse Tatman and RL Tatman, 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his mother, father and sister.
Graveside services held on Saturday July 13, 2013 at 12 Noon at the Altonah cemetery with full military honors presented by the Myton American Legion and the Army National Guard. A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. at the Myton LDS Chapel.
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