Richard M. Siddoway was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and reared in Bountiful, Utah. He graduated from Bountiful High School in its first graduating class and returned to teach their for twenty-six years.
He became assistant principal of Viewmont High School; then supervisor of Library-Media and Technology Education for Davis School District.
In 1994, Governor Michael Leavitt invited Richard to develop the first state-wide virtual high school – The Electronic High School. He served as principal of EHS until his retirement in 2007.
He was elected to the Utah state House of Representatives in 1996, and served three terms-his final term as Speaker Pro Tempore. Richard had pledged to his constituents that he would serve no more than three terms and fulfilled that pledge by leaving the legislature at the end of 2002.
A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he has served in many capacities including Bishop, Stake President, and Temple Ordinance Worker. He and his wife, Janice, have completed a mission in Nauvoo, Ilinois, and most recently an Inner-City Mission in a Spanish Ward in Taylorsville, Utah.
He and Janice are the parents of eight children and twenty-six grandchildren. They reside in Bountiful, Utah.