Richard G. Lorenzon, age 51, and his wife Maricela Lorenzon, age 47, tragically passed away together on Sunday, July 25, 2021. They were involved in an automobile collision in Millard Country, Utah that was triggered by an unforeseeable weather event.
Rick was born in Philadelphia, PA, the first of six children, to Richard A. and LeeAnn Bangerter Lorenzon. An Eagle Scout and a Highland High School graduate, Rick served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ecuador. Following his mission, Rick graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Linguistics. Professionally, Rick worked for various facets of the USPS and as a mail carrier often called to chat with loved ones along his route. Rick was a patient and loving son and brother, but his greatest desire was to be a husband and father. After extensive training in such pursuits as airsoft, rock-n-roll musical maestro and fantasy novel writer his wish was granted when he met Maricela (Mari).
Mari was born in McAllen, TX, the second of five children, to her mother Maria Guadalupe Cantu. A PSJA Bear graduate, Mari played flute and violin in her school's marching band and Mariachi programs. This ignited her love for music and the Arts. Mari continued her passion by attending and graduating from the University of UTRGV, previously known as Texas Pan American, with a degree in Graphic Design. Mari had a plethora of talents—Photography, owning and operating her own Graphic Design/Art business, Homeschooling her two younger children, and most recently Eco Printing. Mari was a very powerful, independent daughter, sister, mother and Latina who also embodied love and wisdom. Mari immersed herself in the LDS religion and after her baptism she moved to Salt Lake City and met Rick, the love of her life, thus beginning their journey. They joined their lives in marriage in the Salt Lake Temple in November of 2010.
Rick instantly became a father to Mari’s daughters Amber and Andrea and loved them completely. Eventually, Rick and Mari welcomed daughters Eden and Bohe and were also blessed with a granddaughter, Dejah who took to Rick as her beloved Paw-Paw. They were anxiously awaiting the birth of their grandson Silas as only a grandparent could. Rick and Mari fully embraced parenthood together and were loved and adored by their children.
Beyond parenthood, Rick was a genuine hero to many. Often referred to as Superman, Rick always came to the rescue, though at times he was delayed when stopping to don his cape! Possessed with magnificent intellect Rick could provide endless hours of discourse on the stars or the nuances of the board games he loved. Mari was a beacon of energy to her friends and a guiding light as the matriarch to her siblings. She possessed a magnetic force that spanned across the globe through her art and kindness.
The passing of these two beautiful souls leaves a hole that can never be filled. Mari’s laughter will ring in our hearts for generations to come and Rick’s calm and gentle demeanor will be remembered in the mountains he frequented, the music he loved, and in our hearts forever.
Rick and Mari are survived by their daughters Amber, Andrea, Eden, and Bohe, granddaughter Dejah, and grandson Silas (on the way). Additionally, Rick is survived by his parents Richard and LeeAnn and his siblings Greg (Laurie), Laura (Brett), Alisa (Nate), Andrea (Abe), and Chris. Mari is survived by her siblings Victor, Jessica (Jorge), Jeanette (Richard), and Jennifer (Maximo). Both are survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021, from 2 to 7 PM at Capitol Hill Ward Chapel (413 North West Capitol Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103). An additional visitation will be held on Sunday, August 1, 2021, from 5 to 8 PM at the Capitol Hill Ward Chapel. An additional visitation will be held on Monday, August 2, 2021, from 10 to 11:45 AM, with services to follow at 12 Noon at the Capitol Hill Ward Chapel.
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In lieu of flowers, a GoFundMe has been set up on behalf of their four daughters. Should you feel inclined to contribute, please visit this link: https://gofund.me/ae691a16
Deseo enviar mis más sinceras condolencias para la familia..!!
Dios les de fortaleza para tan triste perdida ..!!
Mis oraciones para sus familiares ..!
Such a a terrible shock to hear of this tragedy! The sadness is overwhelming and the most sincere prayers from the depth of my soul are sent to our beloved Lorenzo's family', each and everyone and maricelas family.
I tell my family and friends that Rick was the same type of mighty men as nehi and Moroni. I consider knowing this wonderful family, the Lorenzo's to be a great blessing to the pedersen family.
I know for sure the heavens weep for this be Utiful couple and the family that mourn for this departure from mortal life too soon. May our savior embrace you in his mighty arms and place his holy hands upon your heads and anoint you with his loving balm of aloes. You consolation comes through him where such a sad situation which is so hard to comprehend.
We love you and pray for your comfort.
Much love from your eternal friends
So sorry for this loss. May God have both Mari and Rick in His loving arms. Prayers for you all.
My dearest of niece Mari. Y Rick Lorenzon. How hard it is to me. Not going see u n ur kids you showed so much love to all you knew n met. May god keep you together n my condolences to all girls n my other niece es. Love you n hope see you girls soon
I'm terribly sorry it had to be this way for them, but they will be at peace in heaven. Sending my prayers to you guys...
I miss you so much Mari! I will forever miss your laugh as it was a contagious one. You and Rick were meant to be together as your marriage was the epitome of true love. I still can’t believe you are gone and I will never forget you and the memories we shared throughout our lives growing up. Love you forever … Mel
Our condolences and prayers for all the family and friends. May the GOD of Peace fill your hearts and comfort your grieving souls throughout the days ahead. I didn’t get to know Richard at all, but I can totally agree to Maricela’s innovative character and will to always succeed and bring up her family to their highest potential no matter what obstacle they would be facing. She was always so kind, loving, and giving…a strong and smart and beautiful woman, indeed. What a great legacy you’ve left for your daughters and granddaughter, Mari. Thank you for all your help with my grandson; it is engraved in my heart. Rest In Peace, Richard and Mari, in the everlasting presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 🌹🌹
I have such wonderful memories of Rick! From HS and beyond; running over the mountain side. And especially the day he taught my son to shoot whilst providing his own equipment. God Speed, Rick!
Dear Laura (and Family),
While we did not personally know Richard and Maricela, it is as a colleague of yours, Laura, knowing you professionally and through the heart felt obituary, we came to know and learn so much about this beautiful couple, family, and the story of their lives and love. We wanted to let you know our thoughts are with their children, you and your family during this very difficult time.
Lisa, Patrick, Kyle, and Aoife
Richard and LeAnn,
Our hearts are sorrowed by the passing of Rick and Mari. May the Lord be with you and your entire family as you go forward with faith. We love you all very much. We will not be able to attend the funeral, but know that our sincere prayers are with you.
Russ & Shari
My deepest condolences to all the family of Rick and Mari. They lived with love, now may they eternally rest in love.
I,am very sorry,send prayer to Chris lorenzon family
My deepest condolences to Laura and the rest of her family. I pray for you and your family everytime you come to mind.
Mi más sentidas condolencias a su familia. Rick fuiste el que me enseñóel Evangelio y me bautizó en la Iglesia.. será un hasta pronto.
It was very good to know you Rick. Fun jams. Modifying guitars, making recordings, talking shop about music gear and our favorite players. You, “What do I owe you?” Me, “Nothing.” Why? Because it was always a pleasure. I missed you after you moved to TX and I moved away before you returned. You were even more legendary than I was previously aware but I am not surprised. Just proud. Even though we drifted apart my heart is sad about you and your amazing wife. I will always miss you Rick.
I can still hear the laughter in your voice. You couldn't wait to get to St. George. You were so happy our girls had reconnected online. You and Rick were laughing and loving that they call each other bestie in every sentence and we made plans to see each other next summer. I miss you girl and I miss hearing about how much in love you were with life, your daughters, creativity and especially Rick. I will miss you calling me to tell me to check up on your girls - and no fears I will keep doing it. Love you much girlie girl always, until we meet again. Twenty five years of friendship was not long enough. Te voy estranar mucho mujer!
Laura Alvey, I cannot express enough how sorry I am for your loss. My prayers are with you and your entire family. My heart hurts for all of you!
God must have needed these two precious souls … Angels! Sending much love and light to you all and may you all find peace during this devastating time.