Richard Torrance Green


Richard Torrance Green

Feb. 22, 2018


Richard Torrance Green, age 84, born in Spokane, Washington, passed away peacefully Feb. 18, 2018 in the Beehive Home, Payson, Utah. 

Richard was born to Victor S. and Hazel Green on June 3, 1933.  Richard was preceded in death by the mother of his five children, Diane Caryl (Wilson) Vollar and his stepson, David Reed Smith. 

He is survived by his wife Kayla Loa (Cheney) Green, Michael Green, Kathleen Green, Teresa (Green) Thornton, Christopher Green, Jennifer (Green) Smith and stepson, Michael Smith. Richard has 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Richard earned a Master’s Degree in General Education from Whitworth College, Spokane. He was a dedicated professional educator his entire career, specializing in mathematics and science. He taught and coached at St. George’s School in Spokane and Oaksdale, Washington.

After moving to California he continued to teach at Rancho Arroyo Middle School and Sunset High School until his retirement from Hayward Unified School District.  Richard loved boats and water. He enjoyed sailing his boat in the San Francisco bay area and spent a lifetime cherishing northern Idaho’s Priest Lake. He found pleasure being a handyman. He relished being outside and could always be found with a shovel in his hand. He enjoyed traveling in his motor home. As an avid photographer, he even had his own home darkroom.

He was also active leader in the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Richard had a strong religious belief in the Lord that lasted throughout his life, including his affiliation with the LDS church. He was an ordinance worker at the Manti, Temple, Utah for six years, as well as other priesthood organizations.  

Viewings will be held Friday, Feb. 23 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10-11 a.m. both at Rasmussen Mortuary, 96 N. 100 West, Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m., same location. Graveside services will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Afterwards, an open house will occur at 1:30-3 p.m. at The Valentine Carriage House, 613 S. 500 W., Mt. Pleasant. Online condolence at www.rasmussenmortuary.com.