Richard (Rick) Allen Lee, 50 years of age, passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2012 in Salmon, Idaho. Private family services were held. Arrangements were under the direction of the Jones & Casey Funeral Home of Salmon, Idaho. Richard (Rick) Allen Lee was born July 12, 1962 to Janice and Jim Lee in DeSmet, South Dakota. Rick had a very eventful life, but was still a wonderful man. If ever you needed anything he was there. Rick graduated in 1980 from high school in Carthage, South Dakota. From there he moved around until 1993, when he adopted his daughters Natasha and Lindsey, and in 1994, his daughter Nicole was welcomed into his life. Rick and his family moved around to different areas, but his heart was always in Salmon. He loved to hunt, fish and work on cars. He could always fix a car no matter what the problem was. He was a truck driver by trade, and the only thing he didn’t love about the job, was it kept him away from his family. He also worked many places in Salmon. If he wasn’t at home, he would be at the shop working. On Sundays when it was Nascar season he would be in front of the television cheering on Jeff Gordon #24, “dang” did he love his Nascar racing. If he couldn’t watch the race on TV, he was on the computer watching the stats of Gordon to see if he was in first. There wasn’t a Sunday that he didn’t watch Nascar racing. He always tried to get his kids to watch it but they always said “no”, now they wish they had. Rick was a good man; he took all his children’s friends in as his own. When he would walk into a store or the school you could always hear someone yell "DAD" because he always took his daughters friends under his wing. When the kids first started dating he would introduce himself as the "mean guy" but he never was. The one thing he loved more than anything in the world was his children and the children he took in. He was always there when they were having a bad day or even when they were mad at him for something small or big. He would put it behind him and talk to you. One time when Lindsey was so mad at him and yelled, he said “you might be mad at me but I still love you”. He was an amazing father. He was known to argue until he was right, he was so hard headed. As an example, one night while he was hunting he called and said not to worry, but the truck was lost. We knew he was lost but he kept saying it was the truck until we said ok, and believed him. The Search and Rescue was called and needless to say, he was the one that was lost. To this day he would still say it wasn’t him. When Lindsey graduated high school he moved to Idaho Falls for her and her best friend RaeAnne and rented them an apartment. While on the road one time, his friend Carolyn called and said she needed a place to stay. He took her and her 3 daughters: Karin, Alexis and Alicia in, and accepted them as his own children. While truck driving, he would call every night to say good night and to make sure the kids were safe. The last few months were hard; he was physically sick and emotionally sick. He lived his life like there was nothing wrong, he was a strong man. The last months of his life were spent with his girlfriend Kelly. He loved her dearly and she made him very happy. We know he is watching down on her, as well as everybody else, that was in his life. He will be missed greatly and he is loved dearly. “We love you Daddy, forever and a day” He is survived by parents: Janice & Loren Glanzer of Salmon, Idaho, brother Larry (Kodi) Lee of Challis, Idaho, sisters: Kim Hill of Salmon, Idaho and Jeanna Glanzer of Boise, Idaho; daughters: Natasha Lee, Lindsey Roth and Nicole Lee of Salmon, Idaho; grandsons: Riley Mullins and Kayden Roth of Salmon, Idaho; and many aunts, uncles nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by father Richard “Jim” Lee and grandparents.