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 Richard Lowry Smith

Richard Lowry Smith

Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 21 Jun 1969 (aged 16)
Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
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Memorial ID 57175 · View Source
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Searchers Find Body of Missing Youth, 16, on Mountain at Provo

PROVO — The body of a 16-year-old Murray youth who left his parent's cabin June 15 on a solo mountain climbing adventure was found Saturday on a steep, slate - covered slide area at the 10,500-foot level of a mountain northeast
of here.

Searchers found the body of Richard Smith, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. Lowry Smith. 4753 Meadow Way Dr. Murray, 300 feet below the ridge of Elk's Point, northeast of the Mount Tempanogos Summit and about three miles southwest of the Smith Family cabin. Mountain climbers lowered to the
mountain from a helicopter discovered the body shortly before noon.

Apparently Dies Instantly

After the body was examined at University of Utah Medical Center, the Utah State Medical Examiner's office said the boy had been killed by a fall resulting in a broken neck and fractured skull. The report said the youth apparently died instantly.

No autopsy is planned. Utah County sheriff's deputies said. The body was flown from the mountain to the Murray National Guard armory by helicopter and taken to the medical center by ambulance.

Dr. Marcel Kahn. Alta, a French physicist doing research on avalanches, and La Mont Heaps, a member of the Alpine Rescue Group, Salt Lake City, found the body after climbing down about 100 yards from the point on the mountain west of Sundance Ski resort where they had been lowered from the helicopter.

Members of Climbing Team

They were members of a mountain climbing team including Dave Raymond, Don Lucas and Max Townsend, all of the rescue group: Paul Laughlin. also of Alta; and Wayne Kearney, a student at Utah Technical College. Provo, and Bill Daley, a Brigham Young University student, members of the Wasatch Mountain Club who were flown to the mountain earlier Saturday.

Gov. Calvin L. Rampton, who issued a call for skilled mountain climbing volunteers to join the search Thursday, ordered use of the helicopter and authorized payment of costs from the governor's emergency fund. More than 500 persons from throughout the state responded to the governor's call.

Civil Air Patrol, Utah Highway Patrol and other planes flew at tree-top level over the mountain and Provo Canyon looking for the boy, but Saturday was the first day a break in the clouds permitted a helicopter to get men to the summit.

Deputies estimated more than 300 persons were in the search area Saturday, including members from 15 jeep patrols — one from as far away as Moab — 22 prisoners from Utah State Prison, a squad from Hill Air Force Base, and volunteers from Murray and Utah County.

Source- The Salt Lake Tribune, June 21, 1969

MURRAY — Funeral services for Richard Lowry Smith, 16, 4753 Meadow Way Dr., who died of injuries suffered from a fall near Elk's Point Peak northeast of Provo, will be Tuesday 1 p.m., Murray Third LDS Ward Chapel, 4600 Brown.

Friends call 4760 S. State, Monday 6-8 p.m., Tuesday noon to 12:45 p.m. Burial Murray City Cemetery.

Born Nov. 10, 1952, Salt Lake, to Dr. J. Lowry and Ida Harrell Smith. Student Murray High School. Member LDS Church.

Survivors: parents,; brother, James H., Murray; grandmothers, Mrs. Fern L. Smith, Murray; Mrs. Katie H. Armstrong, Columbia, N.C.

Source-The Salt Lake Tribune, Monday, June 23, 1969

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  • Maintained by: Anne
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 57175
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Lowry Smith (10 Nov 1952–21 Jun 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57175, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Anne (contributor 46788213) .