John “Red” Robert Wright was born in Scofield, Utah, on Nov. 13, 1933, and passed away peacefully on May 10, 2020.
He was raised and lived in Scofield until he joined the U.S. Navy Jan. 9, 1952, at 17, and served on the U.S.S. Barroco during the Korean Conflict.
Red married the love of his life, Maxine “Maggie” Rose Medina, and they were married 63 years.
He worked for Olsen Glass installing windows and mirrors at Caesar’s Palace, MGM Grand Hotel and other hotels. Elvis Presley bought Bob a beer. The star sat and visited with him as a thank you for moving his work crew away from the room Elvis had, so he could rest prior to a show. Dad thought Elvis was one of the nicest men he had ever met.
Together Red and Maggie owned and operated Maggie’s Bar and Cafe. He retired to Riverton, Wyoming.
Red enjoyed hunting, fishing and his beer. He was a dune buggy racer in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the 1970s.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine Rose Medina Wright; sibling Leah, (Claire) Jackson of Spanish Fork, Utah; his children, Billy Joe Wright and Kathy Nickelson; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Clifton “Boone” Wright and Agnes Mulligan Wright; siblings, Thomas Milton Wright and James (Jimmy) Leroy Wright; and nephews, Michael T. Wright and Lorry E. Wright.
A military service will be held on Friday, July 17, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Powell High School Veterans Memorial Park across from Fremont Motors.