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Richard Lee 'Rick' Reid

Apr 8, 2014 - Staff

Richard Lee "Rick" Reid, of Shoshoni, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in Salt Lake City. He was 61 years old.

A memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Red Lodge, Mont. Interment of cremated remains will be in the Red Lodge Cemetery followed by a luncheon at the church.

Richard Lee Reid was born Jan. 22, 1953, the son of Sollie and Mary Reid. He was the youngest of their four children.

He was raised and attended schools in Red Lodge, Mont., and Bridger High School where he was a star quarterback and excelled in track and field. He graduated from Rocky Mountain College, where he furthered his track success and earned his teaching/history degree. He also gained many friends and lots of wild memories.

After college, he took his first teaching/coaching job in Wibaux, Mont., where he led the football team to an undefeated state championship and coined the phrase, "Wibaux wobble but they don't fall down."

In 1979, he married Robyn Young, and they had three daughters, Elizabeth, Jessica and Brittany. The family then moved to Jeffrey City where Mr. Reid taught history and coached for 11 years.

After briefly teaching in Whitehall, Mont., and Hulett, he accepted a job in Sundance where he taught history and coached girls basketball, track and cross-country. In his 11 years in Sundance, his family said he made some great friends and lasting impressions on many of his students. They said he had an impressive coaching career and was able to coach all three of his daughters, a source of pride for him. In 1996 he started the Sundance High School cross-country team and went on to lead the girls to two state championships and received Wyoming Coach of the Year honors. He also led the Sundance High School girls basketball team to a state championship game in his last year of coaching in Sundance.

He later went on to teach and coach in Kamiah, Idaho, and Shoshoni.

His family said he was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and being outside. Some of his grandchildren's favorite memories are of hunting, fishing and camping with their grandpa. He also was known for his love of classic rock. His family said he will always be known for his intensity and passion in life. He truly loved life and that love will live on in the legacy he leaves behind.

He is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Reid of Cheyenne, Jessica (Jayme) Gould of Shoshoni and Brittany (Trey) Clarkson of Belle Fourche, S.D.; sisters Michelle (Doug) Edgell of Powell and Marilyn Otero of Concord, Calif.; former wife Robyn Reid; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sollie and Mary Reid, and his older brother, Larry Reid.

Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel of Red Lodge is assisting with the arrangements.

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