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Obituary: ROBINSON, MAX

Published: Monday, Dec. 29 2014 2:48 a.m. MST

Max C. Robinson 5/17/1921 ~ 3/19/2011

Max C. Robinson, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, completed this life March 19, 2011, following an active life of service to family, church and community. Max was born at the family farm home in Freedom, Wyoming on May 17, 1921, the first child of Carl and Minnie Luthi Robinson. Two brothers joined this happy family. The boys learned to work and play together, and became active members of the LDS Church. During the first four years of his education, Max rode a horse to attend a two-room, eight-grade school. The family moved to Afton, Wyoming, where Max graduated from high school. He then attended two years at the University of Wyoming working part-time each day at a downtown bank. During this period Max's mother passed away. After his father's remarriage the family welcomed two brothers and a sister. He served an LDS mission to New England, after which he was drafted into the Navy during World War II - stationed primarily in China. Following the war he enrolled at Brigham Young University, majoring in business and finance and serving as president of Blue Key, the Wyoming Club and on the Inter-organizations Council. At a fireside he saw a happy, beautiful young lady whose countenance, to him, glowed with goodness, and he desired to become acquainted. They began dating and later she accepted his Delta Phi pin. Engagement followed and after graduating together, Barbara Farnsworth of Beaver, Utah and he were married in the St. George Temple. They made their home in Afton, Wyoming and over the years were blessed with four sons and one daughter. Max and Barbara's goal was to establish a gospel-centered home; one filled with warmth and happiness. As the children grew in understanding, they were encouraged to set goals of full church activity, education and service. Max accepted a position at the Star Valley State Bank where he continued until retiring as President and Chairman in 1987. Max and Barbara then moved to Orem, Utah to be closer to family, and specialized medical care. The following period truly became their "golden years," made so by the nearness to and frequent contact with loved ones, the observation of grandchildren's progress and achievements, and the establishment of wonderful new friendships. In June 2003 Barbara's long-term challenge with a rare, terminal lung disease drew to a close. Until his passing, he continued to live in his Orem home under the loving care of family, good neighbors and caregivers. Max's community service included the BSA Teton Peaks Council, the national SUP Board, Lions Club and other civic organizations. He was president of the Wyoming Bankers Association and served on the Wyoming Judicial Supervisory Commission. Max was always active in the LDS church. His service included faithful home teacher, bishop, counselor in the stake presidency and temple ordinance worker. Max enjoyed gardening, fly-fishing, golfing, and traveling with Barbara and all 37 of their family members. Max's greatest loves were Barbara, his family, his church and the USA. Max is survived by five children - Mark (Mary), Reed (Cathy), Alan (Laurie), Dean (Lori) and Jill (Larry Myler), 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, four brothers - Kay, Don L., Jed and Hal, and one sister - Ann Porter. His wife, Barbara, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the LDS Lakeview Stake Center located 1800 South 400 West in Orem. Viewings will take place on Friday evening, March 25, 2011 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home located at 646 East 800 North in Orem, and on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at 9:30 a.m., prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in the Orem City Cemetery. The family expresses appreciation to Dr. Tracy Hill and the critical care staff at UVRMC. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerfamilymortuary.com