Richard James Ball

BallRichard Younger croppedDecember 28, 1930 – December 8, 2015

Richard James Ball, 84, passed away Dec. 8, 2015. He was born Dec. 28, 1930, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Richard grew up in Ammon, Idaho, with his parents, Leonard Garfield and Sybil Frongner Ball; he was the youngest of 14 children.

Richard went to high school in Idaho Falls where he played on the basketball team and met the love of his life, Bonnie Rae Matthews. Richard served an LDS mission to Germany. On May 7, 1954, he and Bonnie were married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They were married 60 years when she passed in March 2014.

Richard and Bonnie lived in Provo, Utah, while Richard obtained his degree from BYU and Bonnie taught home education at Provo High School. With their children, Deborah and Bradford, they settled in Tustin, California, near Richard’s parents, who had moved to Long Beach. Richard worked in banking for most of his career in Southern California and Utah.

The family moved to St. George in 1972 and settled in Bloomington. Richard loved to golf and in those early years would often walk out of the backyard and start a round. Richard loved his family, and they will always love him.

Survivors include his children, Deborah Roberts of Salt Lake City and Bradford Ball (Tracy) of Gilbert, Arizona; five grandchildren, Ryan Roberts (Ashly), Megan Croft (Nathan), Brita Harper (Golden), Mason Ball and Emma Schaub (Carson); and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Donetta Elliot and Emmalyn Degan (Bob), and sister-in-law, Afton Ball.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Rae Matthews, and his son-in-law, William Kraig Roberts.

Funeral services

  • Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. at the Metcalf Mortuary Chapel, 288 W. St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah.
  • A visitation will be held Thursday evening, 6-8 p.m., at Metcalf Mortuary.
  • Interment will be in Tonaquint Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Hurricane Valley Mortuary, 435-635-9922. For condolences, full obituary and funeral listings, please visit their website.


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