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Obituary: ROBERTSON, JAMES

Published: Friday, Sept. 19 2014 2:22 p.m. MDT

James Manwill "Jim" Robertson 1944 ~ 2011

On Saturday, June 18 our beloved Papa passed away after a valiant fight with brain cancer. Jim was born on October 10, 1944 to Florence Manwill and LeMont Robertson in Craig, Colorado. He spent his childhood in Colorado and Montana working on his father's farm and often spoke with fondness of his time herding sheep. His family settled in Springville where he graduated from high school. After entering BYU, Jim was called to the West Spanish American Mission where he taught the gospel in Spanish in Arizona, Nevada and Southern California. Throughout his life, Papa loved to share the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. He always had an extra copy of the Book of Mormon and gave out hundreds to friends and acquaintances. At BYU, Jim met Darlyne Smithhart with whom he was immediately smitten. After a short courtship, they were married November 25, 1967 and sealed in the St George Temple. They soon welcomed six sons into their family. He was ever present in all his sons' activities and never shy about sharing with others their successes. Papa was a devoted, loving, caring and supportive father who was never too old to get on the floor and play with his children and grandchildren. He believed that his greatest accomplishment was raising wonderful children and being able to spend time with even more wonderful grandchildren. Jim graduated from BYU with a BA in Spanish, after which he served in the Air Force for eight years as a pilot and Captain. He flew over 150 missions and was twice awarded the Air Force Cross for his heroic efforts. After his service, Jim was a property manager for Del Webb Corporation in Arizona. He then managed and owned a sign company and real estate offices. Jim was an educator at heart and was elected School Board President for Flowing Wells School District in Tucson. This renewed love of education inspired him to enter the University of Arizona where he earned his Masters in Education and began his second career. He taught Spanish at Pueblo High School, Pima Community College, and the University of Arizona before combining education with his managerial experience as Assistant Superintendent of Payson School District in Arizona. Jim returned to the classroom at Brockbank Jr High (where he also served as assistant principal). He was teaching Spanish at Riverton High School when he was diagnosed with cancer. Many of his son's friends and his students looked up to him as a father figure. He also loved to teach in his church callings where he was a seminary teacher, gospel doctrine and primary teacher. He also served as Scoutmaster, Ward Mission Leader, Elders Quorum President, High Priest Group Leader, and in the Stake Mission Presidency. In his later years, he and his wife loved teaching the 7 and 8 year olds in primary and they attended the baptism of over a hundred children they taught. Preceding Jim in returning to their Heavenly Father were his parents; his siblings, Kathy and Nicholas Robertson; and his granddaughter Alyssa. He is survived by his wife, Darlyne; his siblings, Lynne Greene and John Marlin Robertson; his sons, James (Debbie), Morgan (Lana), Beau (Donna), Brock (Kelly), Tyler, and Collin (Tanya) Robertson; and 14 grandchildren. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Darlyne and Jim's love stood the test of time and will live throughout the eternities. Funeral services will be held June 25 at 11 a.m., Lake Mountain Chapel, 88 Harbor Park Way, Saratoga Springs following which he will be interred at the Camp Williams veterans cemetery. There will be a viewing at the chapel preceding the funeral from 9-10:30 a.m. Well wishes may be sent to Darlyne Robertson at 3673 Sunrise Dr, Saratoga Springs UT 84045.