Obituary Notice: Calvin Ray Robison

Calvin Ray Robison, 68, passed away on Sept. 19, 2010, surrounded by his family.  Calvin was born in Overton, Nev., on March 22, 1942, to Ray and Barbara Nay Robison. 
 
He grew up in Overton helping his Dad and younger brothers working hard on the family dairy farm. Calvin graduated from Moapa Valley High School, then served a mission for the LDS Church in Independence, Missouri.  He attended BYU and received his Masters degree in accounting.  He married his sweetheart, JoAnn Marie Walk in the Salt Lake Temple on April 14, 1967.  He was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War in 1967, and served at the Oakland California Army Base.  Calvin worked in Las Vegas as an accountant, and in 1975, he and JoAnn moved their little family of five to St. George, Utah, where he became the Comptroller of the new Dixie Medical Center for 9 years.  He started a Skippers Seafood Restaurant franchise, and ran that as a family business for 5 years, teaching his children to work and bond as a family.  After Skippers he became the St. George City Treasurer.  In 1994, he was elected as the Clerk Auditor for Washington County and served for 14 years.
 
Calvin was a devoted BYU fan and enjoyed watching and attending games with his children and grandchildren.  He loved taking his family camping, traveling, and playing games with them, always challenging them to beat him, which was hard to do!  He served in many community positions including Dixie Colonels, Kiwanis, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, and Relay for Life.  He diligently served in various positions in the scouting program for over 40 years, and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in 2007.  After retiring he helped his siblings take care of their father.  Calvin was an active member of the LDS church.  He served as a counselor in the Bishopric several times and then as Bishop of the 16th ward.  He loved attending the St. George Temple and recently served as Assistant Recorder.  He never missed an opportunity to serve another person, to tell a joke and share a smile. He loved his family and was deeply devoted to his wife, children, and grandchildren.  One of his greatest accomplishments was enthusiastically preparing and supporting all eight children as they served their missions.  He was strong, loving and gentle.  Calvin has influenced many lives and has lived an exemplary life.  We love him and will miss him dearly but we know we will be with him again, and that knowledge brings us great comfort and peace.
 
Calvin is the father to 8 children.  DeAnna (Rob) McDermott, Sandy, Utah; Gregg (Natalie), Kirtland, Ohio; Crystal (Jeff) Hall, Washington, Utah; Carolyn (Derral) Eves, La Verkin, Utah; Ryan (Josie), Washington, Utah; Steven (Katie) Peoria, Arizona; Mark (fiancé Lisa), Logan, Utah; J.D., Cedar City, Utah.  He is loved and revered by 27 grandchildren. He is survived by his brothers, Ben and James Robison and sister, Nancy Robison Staton all of Overton, Nevada.  Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Janet Robison Quirarte, nephew, B.J. Robison, and recently, grandson, Todd Jeffrey Hall. 
 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 11:00 am at the LDS Chapel, 550 E. 700 S., St. George. There will be a viewing Fri., Sept. 24, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., and also Sat. from 9:30-10:30 am prior to services at the Chapel. Interment will be in the Washington City Cemetery.
 
A heartfelt appreciation is expressed to Dr. Carlos Mercado, Dr. Joseph Te for their excellent care, and Zion's Way Home Health and Hospice for their love and concern for Calvin and his family during his last few weeks.
 
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George, UT, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Calvin’s guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com.

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