Robert Tanner Paxman

Robert PaxmanSept. 4, 1931 — May 1, 2016

Robert Tanner Paxman, 84, passed away Sunday, May 1. Bob was born Sept. 4, 1931, in Washington, Utah, to Golden David and Rokah Tanner Paxman.

Bob was raised in Washington where he attended Washington Elementary, Woodard Junior High and Dixie High School. He was a member of the National Guard when their unit was activated in 1950 for the Korean Conflict. Bob served his country in the field artillery as a Section Chief for fifteen months.

Bob married Delma Bushar Jan. 24, 1953, in the St. George Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a member of the Washington 9th Ward. He and his brother Arthur took over the family farm and started Paxman Brothers Dairy from 1953 to 1980. They continued to farm until 1996.

During the later years, he was a salesman for Rocky Mountain Produce, worked on Green Springs Golf Course and drove bus for Dixie College (Elder Hostel) where he enjoyed meeting many people and seeing the beauty of Southern Utah, before retiring at age 75.  Throughout the years, Bob enjoyed many hobbies, including fly fishing, hunting and looking for artifacts. He was well-known for his gardening abilities.

The legacy that Bob leaves behind is the importance of family, integrity, the value of hard work and that a man’s word is as good as a handshake.

Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years; six children, Bradley (Beverly), Donald (Sandi), Patti Ashworth (Boyd), Peggi Leavitt (Garth), Jon Golden (Jill), Lance (Shauna); 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Judi Ford (Paul).

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Arthur; grandson, Weston Paxman; and granddaughter, Harmony Ashworth-Galbiso.

Funeral Services

  • Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. in the Washington Main Street Chapel, 82 N. Main St., Washington, Utah.
  • There will be a viewing Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, and also prior to services on Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Chapel.
  • Interment will take place in the Washington City Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-635-2212.

For condolences, full obituary and funeral listings, please visit Spilsbury Mortuary online.  

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