Former Juneau residents Richard and Ardith Eakins died on May 18, 2007, in an automobile accident in Idaho. Richard was 75. Ardith was 69.
The couple started their family in Juneau and lived here for almost 23 years while he worked for the state. After Alaska, the Eakins lived in the Salt Lake City area and in Mesa, Ariz. They were active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served two missions in Cambodia and Myanmar. Their lives were devoted to serving others and will be greatly missed, family said.
Ardith was preceded in death by her father, Don L. Taylor. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Madge Eakins.
They are survived by their seven children and their spouses, Rich Eakins, Mike Eakins, Bob Eakins, Colleen Mace, Lauri Poulson, Mark Eakins and Rebecca Kasparian; 25 grandchildren.
Ardith is survived by her mother, Verna Taylor; brothers, Ralph and Lynn Taylor; and sisters, Mareen Layton and Sherry Smith. Richard is survived by his sister, Nancy Taylor; and brothers, Bill and Jim Eakins.
A public viewing will be held Wednesday at the Russon Brothers Funeral Home in Farmington, Utah. A separate viewing will be held Thursday, followed by funeral services, at the Sandy Utah Granite View Stake Center in Sandy, Utah.
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