Robert (Bob) Kent Godfrey, age 79, of St. George, Utah, passed away peacefully in St. George, Utah, on Jan. 12, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 26, 1939, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Willard Horace Godfrey and Donna LaRue Canning Godfrey, joining his older brother Willard (Will) Horace Godfrey Jr.
Bob grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and also Denver, Colorado. After graduating from high school, serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in eastern Canada (President Monson being his Mission President), he attended Brigham Young University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. He married for time and eternity Gayle Barlow in the Salt Lake City Temple on July 23, 1965, and enjoyed 53 wonderful years together.
In 1947, as a youth, Bob became active in the Boy Scouts of America. His scouting career was highlighted in 1987 when he received the highly respected Silver Beaver Award. He continued to serve many years in Scouting, helping many boys to earn their Eagle Scout award, including his two sons, Todd and Brad, and enjoyed watching his grandsons receive theirs.
He loved his family: wife and six children. He is survived by his wife Gayle, children Sonya Dona’ Sessions (husband Joel and children Tawni and Samantha), Robert Todd Godfrey (wife Rachel and children Byrton, Nathan and Katelyn), Christina Rae Johnson (husband Tedd and children Charlie, Benny and Henry), Crystal Lee Bartlett (husband Mark and children Corban, Sydnee and Matthew, Daniel, Amanda, Michelle, Stephanie and Sarah), Willard Brad Godfrey (wife Shaylin and children Aleah and Cade), Dawn Marie Hafen (husband Jason and children Ethan, McKay, Alycia, Jessica, Garrett and Olivia), and his brother Willard Horace Godfrey Jr., age 81, (wife Sandra and children Dr. Ben, Shawn and Kimberly).
Bob’s family and Scouting is what he was most passionate about while serving in his younger years. He also loved serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as Scout Master and in the Youth program, Elder quorum President, counselor in the Bishopric, High Councilman, and many other positions, wherever the Lord wanted him to serve. He also loved traveling, serving in the Temple and volunteering at the Tuachan Amphitheater in his retirement years.
- Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 18, at the Desert Hills Church Building, 675 East Desert Hills Drive, St. George, Utah.
- A viewing will be held at 10-10:45 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m.
- Following the service, interment will be at Tonaquint Cemetery, 1777 S. Dixie Drive, St. George, Utah.
Our family wishes to thank all those who have shown love and support to our family, especially this past year.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah, 435-986-2085.
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