Obituary for \r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Cecil Richard Mahony\n\n\r\n\t\t\t\tCecil Richard (Rick) Mahony, 74, died suddenly Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at his home in Provo, Utah.\nBorn in Philadelphia to Cecil Patton Mahony and Doris Jane Bau, Rick spent most of his childhood growing up in California. \nRick's mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was a defining moment of his life. He was called to serve in the Andes mission, where he worked with the people of Peru, and gained a love of the Spanish language, the culture, and the people he served. Most importantly, his testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ became a foundation upon which he built his entire life. \nSoon after his return from South America, he met and married the love of his life, Diana Voss, while attending classes at BYU. He was a devoted and supportive husband, often taking over household responsibilities to enable Diana to reach her academic and professional goals. He worked as a high school history and Spanish teacher for many years and was beloved by students for his humor and enthusiasm. Together, Rick and Diana raised three daughters and loved spending time with them and their grandchildren. In their retirement years, they enjoyed traveling together, visiting everywhere from South America to Ireland and Scandinavia.\nRick loved the gospel and had a passion for missionary work. He served as a stake mission president twice and as a service missionary three times, including most recently in the Jamestown Branch in Provo, Utah.\nRick had many interests and hobbies. He was an accomplished guitarist, made knives with exotic wood handles, painted ceramics, and loved gardening. His energy, wisdom and wit will be greatly missed.\nFuneral services will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Edgewood Ward chapel, 3469 N. 180 E. Provo, UT. Viewing will be from 11:00 am -12:45 pm, followed by the funeral service at 1:00 pm.\nHe is survived by his wife of 51 years, Diana (Voss); his sister, Dorris Nunley (Mahony); his three daughters, Patty Ireland, Elizabeth Dayton, Laura Stodtmeister; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild, and many other close friends and relatives.