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Richard George "Dick" Felt Obituary

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“Dear Karen, Curtis, Kristie, and Nancy, Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. When I was writing the Felt history, I talked with your Dad and...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Ronald R. Bateman - South Jordan, UT

“Karen, Curtis, Kristie, Nancy, So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I will always remember and be thankful for the warmth and...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Bryan Hobson - Twin Falls, ID

“Dear Felt family, I have only known Dick for a short time, having relocated to Provo just a few years ago. I was never able to know Dick as a...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Tony King - Provo, UT

“To the Dick Felt Family: When they write the book about "True Gentlemen in Sports," the name Dick Felt will be a featured personality. I had the...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Dick Rosetta - Midvale, UT

“I worked in the Athletic Department during Dick's tenure at BYU and have admired him and the way he coached and dealt with the athletes that he was...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Bob Noel - OREM, UT - Friend

“My sympathy to the family. Russ, sorry to see the loss of your brother. I am on mission in Nigeria and saw the obituary. I hope for your peace and...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Brent Winget - Nigeria

“Kristi, I am so sorry to read off your fathers passing, Because of work problems ,I will not be able to attend either the viewing or funeral...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Rick Peirce - Orem, UT

“As a young high school football coach during the 1980's, Coach Felt had a huge impact early in my coaching career. He had tremendous knowledge of...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Mike Fraser - Taylorsville, UT

“Dear Felt Family, Thank you for sharing your Father, Grandfather, Uncle, or Brother and your Grandmother . I had the privilege of Playing for...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Kirk Davis BYU DB 87-88 - WA

“Dear Karen, Curtis, Kristie and Nancy: My sincere best wishes to each of you. I will always remember growing up along with you in the extended family...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Kurt Kragthorpe - Salt Lake City , UT

“I haven't seen Dick since way back about 1963 when we were both working at Sperry Univac. I really enjoyed knowing him. He was kind and friendly...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Bob Babalis - Salt Lake City, UT

12 of 18 | Posted by: Oscar Lofotn - Hammond, LA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of coaches loss. Me and coach had some great times at Wasatch Mountain and the Homestead on the...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Tom Bonner - Heber City, UT

“Dear Felt Dad was a great man. I have known him off and on for 40 years and use to see him all the time running down at the Smith...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Bill Freeze - Highland, UT

“Felt family: I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your father and grandfather. I wanted you to know that I spent 4 years of my life with Coach...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Troy Fuller - Jacksonville, FL

“We were blessed to have associated with this remarkable man while in school in Washington DC and for our crossing paths on and off over the years....Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Dave & Jan Peterson - Orem, UT

“To the dear family and friends of Coach Felt. Please accept our heart felt sorrow for the passing of this incredible man and coach. He is a...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Bobby Roberts - West Jordan, UT

“Coach you will be missed, I always appreciated your kindness and lessons you taught us in your gentlemen like way. I will always remember putting you...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Bobby Salazar - Midway, UT

Dick Felt

Richard George (Dick) Felt, 79, passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 17, 2012, from natural causes.

Our dear father and grandfather was born in Lehi, Utah, on March 4, 1933, to Charles Ray and Melba Fox Felt. At a young age he discovered his athletic talents, and went on to letter in five different sports at Lehi High School with top honors. He attended Brigham Young University where he was a three-year letterman playing football. He scored a record four touchdowns in the fourth quarter against San Jose State in his sophomore year and was an NCAA All-Conference player.

Dick served an LDS mission to the Eastern States. He returned to BYU to get his degree in Business and Marketing, and later obtained a master's degree in Physical Education where he was the valedictorian of his class. He served as a First Lieutenant in the Air Force stationed at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington D.C. While there, he was in the Honor Guard at Arlington Cemetery and played football for their service team. Dick and Dayleen Hobson met at BYU and were sealed for eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on April 20, 1960, and became the proud parents of Karen, Curtis, Kristie, and Nancy. He and Dayleen were married nearly 49 years before she passed away in 2009.

Dick was drafted by the New York Titans of the American Football League in 1960. He played there for two years and then for the next five years with the Boston Patriots. He was selected to the All-Pro team in 1961 and 1962, and played in the first two AFL Pro-Bowl games.

Dick was hired as an assistant football coach in 1967 by BYU Head Coach Tom Hudspeth. He worked alongside Defensive Coordinator LaVell Edwards. When LaVell was named Head Coach in 1972, Dick became the Defensive Coordinator and Secondary coach, and later the Assistant Head Coach. Dick's coaching talent contributed to a highly successful record for BYU football, including a national championship in 1984. He was involved with athletic administration for the last 5 years of his BYU career, where he helped organize the BYU Varsity Club. He was inducted into the BYU Cougar Hall of Fame, Utah Sports Hall of Fame, and was honored by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Utah Chapter for his Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football. Dick felt privileged to have worked with LaVell and so many great coaches and outstanding players during his 27 years of coaching at BYU, and he greatly valued the personal relationships that he built with his players. Dick retired from BYU in 1998.

While Dick achieved great success on the football field, at heart he was a humble man who never sought recognition for his accomplishments; to his children he was "just Dad". He was known as a great teacher, and players often expressed how much they loved Coach Felt.

Dick was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in numerous callings, including teacher, temple worker, and Bishop of a BYU Singles Ward and also at the MTC. He cherished his MTC experience which increased his deep, abiding testimony of the gospel.

Dick is survived by his daughter Karen (Steve) Rider, son Curtis (RoseAnn) Felt, daughter Kristie (Tom) Jolley, and daughter Nancy (Aaron) Osmond; sister Renie Kopinsky, brother Russ (Rita) Felt; and 16 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his dear wife, Dayleen, and his loving parents. Our family is very grateful for the Matthew & Lynette Brogdon family for their loving care and friendship they developed with Dick.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 24, 2012, at the Edgemont 4th Ward, 4056 N. Timpview Dr., Provo, at 11am, with a viewing prior to the funeral from 9:30-10:30am. An additional viewing will be held at the Walker-Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E. 800 N., Orem, on Friday, November 23, 2012, from 6-8:00pm. Interment will be at East Lawn Memorial Hills, Provo. Online condolences may be sent to the family at