Richard Batt Obituary (1961 – 2022) – Cedar City, UT

Melvin Richard Batt, 61, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on August 11, 2022 at his home in Cedar City, Utah following 20 months of battling Glioblastoma Multiforme brain cancer. He was born August 10, 1961, in Cedar City Utah to Richard and Barbara Bayles Batt. He lived in Oklahoma, Nevada, and Arizona until the age of 8, when his family moved to Parowan, Utah, where he grew up and graduated from high school. He then moved to Cedar City, Utah where he met and later married his sweetheart, Sherri Lee Jensen, who he loved and adored. They were married on August 22, 1980 in the Saint George Temple.

Rich was a shy, sweet child with a happy disposition. Even when he was young, he was a hard worker and had an entrepreneurial spirit. Starting at the age of twelve, Rich was a paperboy, mowed lawns, and worked on the farm. He enjoyed his time in school. It was where he spent time with friends, wrestled, played football, and ran cross country for the Parowan Rams. As an adult, Rich enjoyed working at KSUB as a radio DJ, which later translated into a part-time job as a DJ for his business “Batt Mobile Audio-Video Productions”. He DJ’d thousands of events such as school dances, car shows, parades, weddings, outdoor movies and a variety of other programs. He filmed and produced many videos for SUU, Cedar City Chamber of Commerce, Success Academy, and many public schools. He was asked to help with events as far north as Ogden, Utah, down to Las Vegas, Nevada, and even as far as Williams, Arizona on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. While Rich spent his “off-time” as a DJ for events, his primary job was working as a Service Director for Bradshaw Chevrolet. He began working for Bradshaw at the age of 19 and continued working there for 42 years.

Rich dedicated his life to helping others and felt fulfilled when in the service of others. He was an involved husband and parent and is fondly remembered as the dad that came to read with his son’s class. He was at his happiest when using his talents as an outdoorsman and adventurer to provide his family with exciting experiences such as boating, snowmobiling, skiing, hunting, and other activities. He was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where he devoted his time to numerous callings including young men’s counselor and president, ward clerk, scoutmaster, and elder’s quorum president. He had a special love for the students in the YSA wards where he served as a high councilman and bishop. Rich will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and community.

Rich is survived by his wife, Sherri Batt; son Joshua (Jocelyn) Batt; parents Barbara & Richard Batt (Parowan); father-in-law Morgan Jensen (Toquerville); sister Rachel Stull (Oregon); brothers-in-law Greg (Cindy) Jensen, Shreve Damon, Brett (Tonia) Jensen, Randy (Becca) Jensen, and Kelly (Deborah) Bradford. Rich is survived by nieces and nephews: Charles Bradford, Mandy (Tyrel) Wilcox, Spencer (Shaley) Bradford, Logan (Ashlee) Bradford, Porter Bradford, Melissa Jensen, Joseph (Tasha) Jensen, Rachel (Brett) Dunkley, Erin (Dillon ) Corbridge, Samuel Jensen, Cobe Jensen, Garrett Jensen, and Jenna Jensen. The family would like to thank the team at Zion’s Way Health and Hospice and the Huntsman Cancer Institute for their excellent care, love, and support.

He is preceded in death by his sister Cindy Bradford, mother-in-law Shirley Jensen, and nephew Tyler Jensen.

Funeral services will be held August 20, 2022 at 11 am at the Cedar West Stake Center (725 S 1100 W, Cedar City, Utah, 84720). Viewings will be held on August 19, 2022, from 6-8 at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N 300 W, Cedar City, Utah, 84720) and on August 20, 2022 from 10:00-10:45 at the Cedar West Stake Center. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent at www.mortuary.org.

Published by Southern Utah Mortuary – Cedar City from Aug. 14 to Aug. 15, 2022.

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