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Delbert Ririe

Delbert Glen Ririe

Monday, July 25th, 1938 - Saturday, December 29th, 2018
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On December 29, 2018, Delbert Glen Ririe, MD passed away surrounded by his family after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

Delbert was born in Ogden to Olin and Josephine Rhees Ririe on July 25, 1938 and had a happy, productive childhood and graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City. He joined the Army Reserve and learned auto mechanics in Fort Ord, CA, before attending the University of Utah. He served a mission in Finland for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and later attended Cornell University Medical College in New York City, where he met his lifelong love and companion, the lively and adventurous Rebecca Rasmussen from Brigham City, Utah, who was working for the American Field Service. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple August 24, 1965 and were rarely far apart during their 53-year marriage.

Del practiced ophthalmology at the Eye Clinic of Provo for his 26-year career and served as the president of the Utah Ophthalmology Society. Del greatly enjoyed the collegiality of his physician partners. He loved the variety of patients he saw in his practice and accumulated vast knowledge from them regarding favorite fishing spots and natural curiosities. Del was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in a variety of callings ranging from Scout leader to bishopric counselor to BYU stake high councilor, and he is remembered by many as a significant influence in their lives. As a member of the Provo City Arts Council he enjoyed helping start the Covey Center for the Arts.

Del’s insatiable curiosity led to numerous hobbies: classical music, master gardening, woodworking, raising orchids in his greenhouse, and astronomy, to name a few. He loved the craft of sailing and built many scale-model sailing ships with historically accurate riggings tied with precision using his surgical loupes. In addition to these interests, his love of music and voracious reading appetite made him a delightful conversationalist. Del was reserved and unassuming by nature but in conversation was genuinely curious to learn from others regardless of their age, status, or background.

Delbert is preceded in death by his parents Olin and Josephine Rhees Ririe, and his elder brother Rhees. He is survived by his wife Rebecca, sister Carolyn (LaVar) Marsh, sister-in-law Shirley Ririe, and his children Anneli (Glen) Bowen, Dan (Marnie), Ted (Allison), and Peter (Kathleen), as well as 14 grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Coventry Village as well as Rebecca Brown and the staff of Symbii Hospice. A viewing for family and friends will be held at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N University Avenue, Provo, Utah, from 6-8 PM January 11, 2019. Additional viewing will be held 9:30-10:30 AM January 12, 2019, prior to funeral services at 11 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1960 N 1500 E, Provo, UT. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Classical 89 KBYU-FM,
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 11th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, January 11th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
    Oak Hills 6th Ward
    1960 North 1500 East
    Provo, Utah 84604
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 11:00am
    Oak Hills 6th Ward
    1960 North 1500 East
    Provo, Utah 84604
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  • Interment

    Eastlawn Memorial Hills
    Address Not Available

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Private Condolence

Karen Lisonbee

Posted at 12:50am
I had the opportunity to work for Dr Ririe from 1979-81. He also diagnosed my daughters vision condition and corrected it quickly. He was such a fine man and a joy to work for. May his family find comfort at this time and we are so grateful that Families Are Forever.

Laura Burt

Posted at 03:59pm
I’m sorry for your loss. Dr. Ririe was my eye doctor for years. He was very compassionate and ALWAYS listened to me and treated me with respect.

Brent and Lynette Jacob

Posted at 02:06am
Dear Becky, Lynette and I are very sorry for your loss and feel sad that Del had to endure Parkinson's Disease before he passed on. We have many fond memories of the years we were acquainted in Iowa City and will always cherish them. I (Brent) always savored a conversation with Del; it was so provocative and uplifting. I stood in awe of his many talents. We pray you will have "the peace of God which passeth all understanding, and the strength to meet the challenges which lie ahead. Best regards always, Brent and Lynette Jacob

Wendell Gadd

Posted at 12:15pm
Dear Becky, I am sure his passing at this time was not unexpected and maybe a good thing for him, but such a loss has got to be very difficult for those left behind. I really liked and admired Dell. I am so sorry that we will be out of state and unable to attend his funeral, but know that our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Wendell and Carol Gadd

Karen Barnard

Posted at 09:42am
Becky and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have such good memories of our Iowa connection and so remember Del's accomplishments and his love of sharing them as he was building them. He will be so missed.

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