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Richard “Dick” Eugene Hobbs (“Coach”) was born August 4, 1937, in Preston, Idaho, to Veda Merrill Hobbs and Albert Alfreda Hobbs.
Coach Hobbs attended Boise State and graduated from Idaho State University, where he played basketball and baseball collegiately. He went on to play semi-professional baseball before deciding to get “a real job.” Coach taught high school and coached sports in Bear Lake, Idaho, where he led the basketball and football teams to state titles in 1962 and 1963. He then moved his coaching and teaching career to Cedar High School in Cedar City, Utah, from 1963 to 1978 and from 1988 to 1991. At Cedar High School, Coach led his teams to three state championships in baseball and another state championship in basketball. Coach was inducted into the Cedar High School Athletic Hall of Fame, was voted “Coach of the Year” by the Utah Athletic Association. In 2006 he was honored by the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation for his lifetime contribution to high school athletics.
Coach Hobbs loved sports and the outdoors. He was an avid and skilled fisherman, boatsman, and hunter. His family and dear friends enjoyed participating in many of these activities with him. We all have amazing memories of the best (and some of the scariest) moments of our lives with Coach. He had a unique sense of humor. Although many of his jokes were lost on others, Coach’s laugh was contagious, and you couldn’t help but laugh along with him. Coach loved life. He enjoyed and cherished this beautiful world and all of God’s creations. Coach never took a beautiful sunset for granted.
Coach Hobbs is preceded in death by his sister, Joy; his brother, Dwayne; and his sister, Klis. He is survived by his children, Heather Bernard and Brandon Hobbs; grandchildren Brayden and Bronson Bernard; his wife, Susan Garrett, her son, Wyatt Garrett her daughters Rachel Murray and Chelsea Tomlan, and her son Justin Sharp. Coach’s family extends thanks to the Dean Family and Rob Dean (stepson), who remained close to Coach throughout his life. Special appreciation is noted for the contributions of Coach’s stepdaughter, Rachel Murray, and her husband, Roger Murray, who have devoted their time, resources, and affection to Coach and his family. The family thanks Mandy Hatch, the Atlas Hospice team, and Our House personnel, who provided skilled and compassionate care to Coach.
Funeral services for Coach Hobbs will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. at Coal Creek 3rd Ward, 290 West 1045 North, Cedar City, Utah. Family, friends, and team members may pay their respects at the church on Friday, March 10, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. or on Saturday, March 11, 2023, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to funeral services at 12:00 p.m. Condolences and memories of Coach can be posted online at affordablefuneralservices.com. A link for live streaming of the services can also be found on this website.