Robert "Bob" Davidson Shurtliff1922 ~ 2012Robert "Bob" Davidson Shurtliff, beloved father, passed away on January 7, 2012 of complications due to age in Sandy, Utah at the age of 89. Robert was an inspiration to his family as he rose above the many challenges in his life. He was born on April 9, 1922 in Salt Lake City, UT to Francis Wayne Shurtliff and Jeanette Exile Davidson. Robert was the youngest of four children having an older brother Melvin and twin sisters Marion and Margaret. Bob was industrious and worked three jobs while attending East High School in Salt Lake to help support his mother and two older sisters during the depression years. He served in the Army Air Corps between 1942 and 1946. After an honorable release, he met and married Helen Abbott and they were married by President David O. McKay in the Salt Lake Temple on May 23, 1947. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1950 in Marketing and Management. His career led him into sales and he became a top sales representative for several well-known companies. He retired from Sweda International as a regional manager in July 1984. After retirement Bob and Helen enjoyed traveling and seeing the world.In Bob's spare time he found great joy in camping with his family, tending to his flowers, and fishing. He spent many hours with his children sharing his love of the outdoors. Bob and Helen were the parents of six children who were the joy of their lives. He was an active member of the Crystal Heights 2nd Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in a variety of positions, including Bishop. Bob and Helen served an 18 month mission to San Diego, California from June 1987 to 1989 in Public Communications. After returning home, they served at Welfare Square as tour guides for several years. Bob also served as a temple worker in the Salt Lake Temple. In 2006, Helen and Bob found a new home in Highland Cove, as health became more of a challenge, they moved to Atria and finally Alta Ridge, in Sandy, Utah where he lost his eternal companion on November 12, 2011, after 64 years of marriage. The children wish to thank the doctors and caregivers who have been vital to making them comfortable.Bob is survived by his six children, Cheryl Johnson (Ron), Sandra Ririe (Scott), Robert Wayne Shurtliff (Diane), David Abbott Shurtliff (Jean), Barbara Madsen (Bruce), and Annette Poulsen (Roy). Bob has 26 surviving grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved companion Helen Abbott, his parents Francis Wayne Shurtliff and Jeanette Davidson, his brother Melvin Shurtliff, and twin sisters Marion Austin and Margaret Fletcher and four grandchildren, Christopher William Johnson, Philip Kent Madsen, Kendall Bruce Madsen, and Jeanette Madsen. A viewing will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2012. Services will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2011 at the Sandy, Utah East Stake Chapel, 9636 South 1700 East at 11:00 a.m., with a viewing from 10-10:45 a.m. before the services. Interment with military honors will be at the Elysian Gardens in Murray, Utah. Condolences may be sent to the family online at lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to LDS Philanthropies ( or to the charity of your choice.