Richard Thomas Banks

Our beloved husband, daddy, grandfather and friend, Richard Thomas Banks, age 87, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 16, 2012, surrounded by the love of his wife and family, who were the light of his life.


Richard was born September 10, 1925, in Spanish Fork, Utah, to John Delbert Banks and Mary Sophia Jex Banks. He graduated Spanish Fork High School; then served his country during WWII, steadfastly enduring time as a POW.


On January 14, 1948, in the Manti Temple, he married his eternal sweetheart, Margie Ann Ivie. They raised their seven children in Spanish Fork, where as a young husband, he worked as a meat cutter. Later, Richard worked for the U.S. Postal Service for many years as a mail carrier, ending his career as Postmaster of the Salem Post Office. He was a well-known and favorite “postman.”


Richard was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a bishop and at the MTC as a service missionary. He loved people and quickly made friends with anyone he talked to. He loved to teach the gospel to anyone who would listen. His love, influence and devoted service to his fellow man cannot be measured. He was an active member of the American Legion, having served as Chaplain and Post Commander. He always felt it a privilege to participate in military rites at the cemeteries honoring his fellow veterans.


Richard enjoyed fishing and delighted in yard sales. He loved to garden and could grow anything.  Most of all, Richard loved his family, his country, and his religion. He was a loving patriarch and a living example of what he preached. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.


Richard is survived by his loving wife, Margie Ann; seven children: Jimmy Banks, Susan (Dave) Oyler, Vickie (Ron) Mecham, Nancy (Ed) Christopherson, Michael (Kisha) Banks, Roger (Kathy) Banks, and Deanne (Todd) Gordon; as well as 36 grandchildren and 98 great-grandchildren. Also survived by a brother, Ray Banks; and a sister, Annie Ewell. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, and a grandson, Joshua Banks.


The family expresses deepest thanks and gratitude to all those who cared for him in recent times.


Funeral services for Richard will be Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the new LDS Fourth Ward Church at 353 East 400 North, Spanish Fork. There will be a viewing for family and friends on Tuesday evening, November 20, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main, Spanish Fork; and also at the church on Wednesday morning from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Following services, interment, with full military rites, will be at Spanish Fork City Cemetery.

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  1. Sharlene Vert

    I remember Mr. Postman Banks from long time when I was growing up there in Salem, I remember as soon as school was let out we all rushed to the post office to get a stamp on our hands, none was alike he would choose wisely on what stamp you got like fragile, or handle with care, my favorite was “Breakable”. Mr. Banks was always a joy to run into at the stores or just takin a walk, he always always shared a smile and a hand shake. He will truly be missed by all of us who knew him. our condolences to the family, may he rest un peace! God Bless!

  2. Ann Clark (Riding)

    I loved going into the post office every day after school, where Mr Banks would stamp our hands with a different stamp each day. When we had our field trip to the post office, he used my PO Box as an example and gave me a little wink, always made me feel special. As an adult many years later, I would run into him and he would always remember me and my name, which amazed me after so many years. He was such a wonderful addition to our little town growing up, so kind, all the kids just adored him. I will miss his smile and sweetness. I am so sorry for you loss, please know he touched so many lives.

  3. Sally Thomas Nelson

    I send my sympathies to your entire family because I know how much family meant to Richard. I have admired Richard for years, and he was always so kind to me and my family. May God be with all of you at this time with his healing power. Isn’t it wonderful to know of God’s plan for us and where Richard is now! Please know that others care about you and know how much you will miss this wonderful man.
    Sally Nelson

  4. Cathy Jorgenson, RN

    I was Richard’s Patient Care Coordinator when he was diagnosed with cancer. It was my privelege and pleasure to serve such a kind, gentle man. His faith radiated from him and I received far more from our talks than I had given. I have thought of him so often in the years since I transferred to a different office, always with fondness, and also his family who I also came to know. You are his legacy and from what I observed, you are a fitting tribute to the goodness of this quietly great man. God bless all

  5. Sue and Nick Bigney

    We are greatly saddened about the passing of Richard. He was truly one of the most thoughtful and caring men that we have ever known. It is an honor to have known him and to have had him as a relative. We send our condolences and prayers to all of you as you bid farewell to such a beloved and great man.

  6. Gordon & Roberta Smith

    Dear Margie Ann and family,
    We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to you in Richards passing.
    He was a special person. We enjoyed the visits when you and Richard
    came to Springville, to our Ward and neighborhood. Roger,Kathy and their children were a great addition to our neighborhood. Jim, you were a special custodian at the High School when Gordon was there. You went out of your way to be friendly to us whenever our paths crossed.
    Of course, Margie you always had a smile and special greeting whenever
    we met.
    My mother, Grace Lee Bate, thought a lot of Richard, Uncle Del and Aunt Mary. She had choice memories of the family.
    May your choice memories and the Lord’s spirit help to bless and comfort each of you, now and in the time to come.
    Again, we appreciate having known and associated with you Margie, Richard and your family, over the years.
    Our sympathy to each of you,

    Gordon and Roberta Smith

  7. Kelly Hammon & Lila Johnson

    It was with great sadness that we had read of the passing of Richard. He is a Great man. He was a great outlet for the kids at the Salem Elememtary School for suckers or any other candy available. And in later years was a Great person to just stop at the Salem post Office for a good laugh or to chew the fat and get to know whats going on in Salem. He was sure missed when he retired from the Post Office, but will be missed even more now. We wish much love from our family to yours, and may our condolences be with you. The Kelly Hammon and Lila Johnson families, as well as the Pulsipher and Provstgaard families.

  8. Kelly Hammon & Lila Johnson

    We are saddened to hear of Richard’s passing. He is a great man and a good friend. We remember seeing him at the Salem Post office as long as can be remembered. He was always happy and had a smile on his face. He was always a great outlet for suckers or other candy for the salem Grade School children, and in later years a person to just stop in and chew the fat with. He was greatly missed when he retired from the Post Office and will now be missed even more. Sorry we cannot make the services because of prior engagements. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. He will be missed. Kelly and Lila

  9. Woody and Sally Capps Stevens

    We were saddened by the news of your loss. Bro. Banks was a choice person and we are grateful for the opportunity we had to know him, his wife, and wonderful family. He was a great friend to our dad, Jessie Capps, and we are so happy that they were able to find friendship again after so many years. Our trip with dad in 2005 to visit you folks will always hold special memories for us all. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Sally and woody

  10. I remember when me and Great Gandpa Banks we would always watch sports when I visit him my favorite time was when we went to artic circle and got sandwiches and then watched the BYU game it was fun I loved every minute with him hes the greatest I love him with all my heart I will always remember forever and ever rest in peace now your with father in heaven love you great Grandpa Banks.

  11. My grandpa was truley the greatest example of love and service. He loved his family with all is heart and his country as well. He lived a life of love and service to others. We will miss him so much. Our lives were so enriched to have him in it. Love you will all my heart Grandpa xoxo

  12. Ill never forget when I was very young, Chet and I would go over to their old house (across the street from their newer one) and we would ride the really old schwinn banana seat bikes. He was always so nice.

  13. Richard singleton

    Samantha, so sorry to read of the passing of your grandfather, sounds like a fabulous person. My families condolences to yours

  14. Jason Fullmer

    Brother Banks was truly one of the greatest men I’ve known, or am likely to know. He was a warm, caring gentleman who loved his fellow man. I never once saw him treat anyone unkindly. For years he acted faithfully as our family’s Home Teacher, magnifying his calling, and making sure we knew we were loved. He cared for us. We all knew it. I remember walking home from church one day, just before I left for my mission. Brother Banks stopped his car next to me, handed me a $100 dollar bill, and said “Good luck out in the field.” Before I could say anything but an astonished “thank you” he drove off with a smile on his face.
    I’ll never forget this man. His was a life of principle, dignity, and honor; he was the embodiment of these traits, and has given me a wonderful example to live up to. Farewell, Brother Banks, ’til we meet at Jesus’ feet.