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Obituary: ROBINSON, KEN

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 21 2014 7:53 p.m. MDT

Ken Seegmiller Robinson 1927 ~ 2011

Ken Seegmiller Robinson was born June 26, 1927 to Karl and Lorna Seegmiller Robinson in Kanab, Utah. He died at home with his beloved wife at his side on July 15, 2011.He grew up in Salt Lake City, one of six children. He graduated from East High School. He married the love of his life, Eleanor White, on Aug. 19, 1946. Anyone who ever saw them together could see how much they loved each other. Together they have eight children. His family is bonded together with the bricks and mortar he spent his life building. He leaves behind a legacy of love, hard work, integrity, honesty, dedication and respect. He was a tough old guy who never let any pain or ailment stop him. First and foremost he believed in providing for his family. He hauled block for 12 years before starting the company that would be his legacy, Varco builders. He was a perfectionist in everything, especially when it came to masonry. He was known far and wide for his quality work. He was also president of the White Ditch Company for 20 years. Ken retired in 1992 and handed the reigns of his beloved company to his sons, but he never really stopped working until the day his heart failed him, July 15, 2011. He loved working, but more than that he loved and adored his wife and family. He loved fishing, driving his boat, his beautiful and bountiful garden, pine nut hunting and spending time at his cabin on the Weber River. Ken was known for his uncanny work ethic, amazing memory (which never left him), beautiful singing voice (he sang with the Beehive Statesmen) and his ability to put things back together that no one else could. If a part was missing or no longer available, he'd just make it himself. He was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ken is survived by his wife Eleanor; children Dale (Sue) Robinson, Ann (Pat) Rose, Steve (Nadine) Robinson, Karl (Jan) Robinson, Jim (Jamie) Robinson, Keith (Laurie) Robinson, Don (Hilarie) Robinson; son-in-law John Sooklaris; brothers Bill (Donna) Robinson, Garth Robinson and Cal (Nina) Robinson; sister Evelyn Scott; and 30 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents Karl and Lorna Robinson, daughter Ilene Sooklaris, sister LaPreal Anderson and brothers-in-law Jack Anderson and Merlin Scott. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 19 from 6-8 p.m. at the Grandview LDS Church building, 2930 S. 2000 E. in Salt Lake City. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 20 at the same location, with a viewing one hour prior.