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Richard Burleigh Call

Jan. 3, 1958 - Feb. 10, 2018

Date of Service: Feb. 19, 2018

Richard Burleigh Call

BURLEY – Richard Burleigh Call, age 60, passed away Saturday morning, February 10, 2018, at his home in Burley, Idaho, surrounded by his wife and children. Richard was diagnosed with cancer nine years ago, and though the cancer eventually took his life, it never took his humor or his spirit.

Richard was born January 3, 1958, in Brigham City, Utah, and raised in Logan, Utah. He was involved in theater from a very early age, performing in plays that his parents directed and acting alongside his siblings.

He served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Texas San Antonio Mission, where he met and then returned to marry his eternal companion, Sayda Chavez, for time and all eternity, which union took place in the Logan Utah Temple. It was in Logan that Richard and Sayda started their life together thirty-eight years ago. There, Richard completed a BFA degree in Acting and would later go on to receive a Master’s Degree in Directing at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Richard taught drama for close to thirty years and also served as the coach of speech and debate teams. Countless students at Twin Falls High School, Edinburg High School, Burley High School, and the College of Southern Idaho remember him as an inspiring teacher, a fierce competitor, and a relentless practical joker. Many of his students also looked to Richard as a father figure who helped them through some of the most difficult moments of their lives.

Richard will be honored and remembered with love by his family and by a great many friends. He is survived by his wife, Sayda Call; by his five children, Richard Burleigh Call II, Ruth Giselle Call, Brianna Leigh Jones, Anson Vosco Call, and Aubrey Allyn Call; by his two daughters-in-law, Chrislynn Call and Brooklyn Call; and by his son-in-law, Travis Jones. He is also survived by his father, William Vosco Call; his sister, Allyn Ferguson; and five grandchildren (Richard III, Sophia, Deacon, Grace, and Josie). He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Burleigh Call; his sister, Regan Johnston; and his brother, William Vosco Call IV.

A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, February 19, at the King Fine Arts Center, 2100 Parke Avenue (1 Bobcat Blvd.) in Burley, Idaho. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, at Logan City Cemetery in Logan, Utah.

Friends may call from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, February 18, at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from noon until 12:45 p.m. Monday, February 19, at the Burley High School Little Theatre prior to the service.

It was Richard’s desire to place a mechanism in his coffin that would shout out irreverent comments to startle passersby. It is unknown whether he was able to implement his plans to make this happen or not, so please exercise caution as you attend his services.

Memorial donations in Richard’s honor may be made to the Hope Lodge Salt Lake City, 375 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 8411, or to the Richard B. Call Memorial Scholarship at Utah State University by contacting Adrienne Larson at adrienne.larson@usu.edu.

The Call Family wishes to thank Horizon Home Health and Hospice for their support and all of the doctors and staff at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Hope Lodge Salt Lake City. A special thanks to doctors Kevin B. Jones, Bernard R. Boehmer, and Joseph R. Petersen.