July 10, 1947 ~ December 16, 2020

Born in: Ithaca, NY
Resided in: Greece, NY

Rulon Eugene Simmons passed away in Rochester, NY on December 16, 2020 of health issues related to a stroke seven years ago.   He worked hard to recover and was an example to all before and after his stroke.

Rulon was born July 10, 1947 in Ithaca, New York. He lived in Montana and Utah for his formative years.  Rulon loved being a Boy Scout, and earned his Eagle Scout award at the age of 13, and earned a BS and MS in physics from Brigham Young University.  He served an L.D.S. mission to Brazil from 1967 to 1969.  Rulon served in many assignments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including high counselor and branch president of the Rochester 4th Branch.


Rulon married his eternal sweetheart, Rebecca Hatch, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on July 23, 1971. They have four children—Kenneth Simmons (Roxie Richardson), Michael Simmons (Crystal Roderick), Katherine Wallace (Jonathan), and Lynette Loveridge (Daniel), as well as 14 grandchildren. Rulon was a good father and a hard worker. He worked for both Eastman Kodak and ITT in Rochester, NY. He also often taught photography classes at the Kodak Camera Club.

Rulon’s hobbies included stamp and coin collecting, scuba diving, biking, and photography.  He photographed many weddings, nature, and was the official photographer for the Hill Cumorah Pageant.  Rulon also wrote “National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Birds,” as well as the “I love Rochester NY” photo book.  Rulon and Rebecca were able to travel together in their later years before his stroke.


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  1. We are happy to have been able to attend Rulon’s funeral remotely and our thoughts and prayers are with my cousin Rebecca and the children and grandchildren. We have many happy memories, including the time Rulon and Rebecca met at a ‘M-Men and Gleaner’ activity that Rulon’s sister Elaine and I worked together on. We also have photos of our family taken by Rulon when we were participants in the 1999 Hill Cumorah pageant. We had stayed in their home in Rochester and Rulon stayed in our home in North Carolina later. We also graduated the same year from Provo High School and we attended the 40th reunion together in Hobble Creek Canyon, Utah. We love Rulon and his family!

  2. The Riley family sends their deepest condolences to his family and friends. He had a wonderful smile and the most beautiful spirit. He will be missed greatly. Till we meet again.❤

  3. I am so blessed to be able to have Rulon Simmons as my Uncle. Although distance didn’t let me see him very much, when I did it was quite memorable & some of the best intellectual conversations I ever overheard or participated in. He encouraged my love of birds & study of physics during my high school years – especially when I thought I wouldn’t do
    well in physics his simple encouragement at a family party helped me to pass & do pretty well. He knew I loved flamingoes & mentioned something about them to me whenever he saw me. Thank you for a life well lived & shared, Uncle Rulon! 🦅 📸 ⭐️ 🕯

  4. He was wonderful to work with! Being from Palmyra, we often talked about the Hill Cumorah pageant. RIP Rulon,

  5. Bob and Carol Hinkelman send their condolences. We enjoyed Rulon’s photography at the Kodak Camera Club and visiting with Rulon and Rebecca at Edna Tina Wilson Living Center.

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