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Obituary: CLAWSON, ROBERT

Published: Friday, Sept. 19 2014 12:07 a.m. MDT

Robert Kingsley ClawsonJuly 2, 1927 ~ September 25, 2011Robert Kingsley Clawson (Kink) passed away on September 25, 2011 due to complications from prostate cancer. Kink was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Staples Clawson (who died April 13, 2006, and with whom he spent 57 years of marriage); two children: Margaret Clawson and John Clawson (who died in infancy); his brother George and his sister Marge.According to Kink, the attached pictures should have the following captions:1."The Bride married this man."2."His business Associates knew this man."3."The great-grandchildren would recognize this man."Kink is survived by one brother: John Clawson; two sons: Kraig Staples Clawson and Kevan Kingsley Clawson; eight grandchildren: Stan Clawson, Ann Clawson, and John Clawson (from his son Kraig); Michael Clawson, Jeremiah Clawson, Isaac Clawson, Seth Clawson, and Elizabeth Clawson (from his son Kevan); and eight great-grandchildren: Robert (Robbie) Clawson, Gabe Clawson, and Carmalita Clawson (from Michael), Ben Clawson and Kael Clawson (from Jeremiah), Logan Clawson (from Isaac), and Joshua Clawson, and Eve Clawson (from Seth).Kink is also survived by many nieces and nephews, on both sides of the family, that mean a great deal to him, especially Lynette and Cristopher Clements who were very close to Kink, spent a lot of time with him, and were always there to help him with his medical needs; and many friends, especially the BinghamsKink and Shirley's neighbors in Willard, with whom he spent many summer days visiting and eating buffalo burgers at Maddox; and Joe and Lupie Castro in San Diego, with whom he and Shirley associated with for many years.We also want to thank the Reverend France A. Davis of the Salt Lake Calvary Baptist Church for the friendship and prayers given to both Kink and Shirley over the years.Kink Clawson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of John Spencer Clawson and Helen Islaub Clawson. He attended Granite High school in Salt Lake for two years, and then Rockport High School in California, for his Senior year, after moving there to live with his sister Marge.Kink is a World War II veteran. After high school he joined the US Navy, and was stationed in Adak, Alaska. After the war he returned home to Salt Lake City, Utah, and began working for his older brother George, in the roofing business. While living with is father in the family home, he dated Shirley Staples, and eventually convinced her to marry him.In 1954 Kink and his partner Morris Anderson started Superior Roofing Company. In a few short years Superior Roofing became the largest roofing company in Utah, and one of the premier roofing companies in the Western United States. Kink also became involved in the local Rotary Club and in the Western Roofing Contractor's Assoc., where he eventually served a term as its President. Kink sold his half of the business to his partner, and became semi-retired, spending his time managing his investments, traveling with his beloved wife, Shirley, and working with the National Abilities Center.Graveside services for Kink will be held on Monday October 3rd at 11:00 am at the Salt Lake City Cemetery, 200 North "N" Street. Messages and tributes to the family can be posted at: www.holbrookmortuary.com Following the service there will be an open house for all family, friends, and relative strangers at Kink's condo: 171 3rd Ave #702, Salt Lake City. Please park across the street in the LDS church parking lot.In lieu of flowers you can donate, if you like, to any one of the following: TRAILS (Therapeutic Recreation and Independent Lifestyles), donations can be made by calling 801-587-6500 or by going online to uhospitalfoundation.org and specify "TRAILS" when completing donation form; The National Ability Center, P.O. Box 682799, Park City, Utah 84068, 1-435-649-3991, www.nac1985.org; The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ, 07078, 1-800-225-0292, www.christopherreeve.org; or The Calvary Baptist Church's