Richard William Mayer

Richard William Mayer passed away
peacefully on Friday, June 24, 2022, surrounded by loved ones in Pocatello, ID.
Richard was born on Oct. 8, 1944, in
American Falls, ID, to Otto and Dorothy
(Hoffer) Mayer. He was the oldest of three
boys. He was raised in Aberdeen, ID, and chose to remain there to raise his own
He attended Idaho State
University and received an
Associate Degree in Drafting Design. He was in the
Civil Engineering program
and was unable to complete, due to being drafted.
He left for basic training at
Fort Lewis, WA. He was on
a short leave and returned
home to marry his high
school sweetheart, Donna
Pratt, on Dec. 26, 1969.
After a short time at home,
he left for Vietnam. When
he returned 15 months later, he was welcomed home by his family and his new
baby boy, Russell. Upon returning home
from Vietnam, he worked at the local body
shop painting and repairing cars. Richard
and Donna grew their family with three
more children, Kenneth, Shelli, and Barbara.
Richard served many years on the
Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen Fire
Department, and was an EMT. He worked
as the City Public Works Director for 23
years. He was a high school basketball official and coached the Indians little league
baseball team.
Richard spent many summers with
family and friends camping, hiking, and
fishing at Lake Cleveland. He enjoyed
woodworking and repairing anything that
could be taken apart and put back together.
He was very detail-oriented
and took pride in his work.
He enjoyed taking care of
his lawn and gardening.
The thing he loved most
of all was spending time
with his family, especially
his grandkids. In his later
years, he spent many hours
in gyms, auditoriums, on
fields, and driving to watch
his grandkids in their various activities. He loved
taking pictures and sharing
their accomplishments with
all those who would listen.
Richard is survived by: his
wife, Donna; his children,
Russell (Sharon) Mayer,
Pocatello, Kenneth (Tricia) Mayer, Mesa,
AZ, Shelli (Brody) Welch, Grace, ID, Barbara (Jacob) Gertsch, Pocatello; and 16
grandchildren. He is also survived by his
brothers, Robert (Anita) Mayer, Nampa,
ID, and Donald “Jim” Mayer, Sandy, UT.
Richard was preceded in death by his
parents, Otto and Dorothy Mayer.
A viewing was held in his honor Thursday, June 30, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the
Aberdeen Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church building. The funeral
followed at 11 a.m. Interment was in the
Aberdeen Cemetery.

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