KAYSVILLE -- With more than 70 Boy Scouts and leaders saluting as the coffin passed by, David William Rich received one final tribute before being laid to rest.
Rich, who served as president of Area II in the Boy Scouts of America's Western Region, died Oct. 17 after a battle with cancer. On Monday, family and friends honored the man who touched the lives of numerous people during his life of service.
"If my father had an off day, I never saw it," said Cameron Rich, who read his father's life sketch at the funeral, held in Kaysville.
The words of the Boy Scout law used to describe Rich -- trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent -- rang true to those who knew him.
"All the principles he taught, he lived in his daily life," his daughter Rebecca Rich Hogan said.
Rich was buried in Logan, where he was born July 20, 1943, and where he married his wife, Betty, on March 17, 1966, in the temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Rich, who earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1960, is one of just four people in the Top of Utah who have been honored with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
In May 2011, he was awarded the Silver Antelope Award, the highest Scouting award in the Western Region. During his life he was also recognized with the Silver Beaver Award, as well as numerous other honors and awards that prove Rich loved Scouting.
He spent the final three years of his life as the area president, a position that encompasses all six Boy Scout councils in Utah and Idaho. Even after being diagnosed with cancer in August 2010, Rich did not quit serving his Scouts.
"He had the chance to be relieved," said Brad Allen, an Area II Scout executive. "But he chose not to. He wanted to serve."
In his remarks during the funeral, Allen mentioned that he and a fellow Scout had a good idea what Rich was up to after leaving his life on earth.
"He's found (Scouting movement founder) Robert Baden-Powell, and they're having quite a conversation right now," Allen said.