Dean Leo Robinson peacefully passed away January 19, 2017. He was born July 8, 1930 in Magna, UT to Leigh Warden and Lavina Hardman Robinson, the sixth of eight children.
Dean graduated from Cyprus High School. He was inducted into the Army during the Korean War and served with the occupation troops in Germany.
A deep love of country was observed and was instilled in his family.
He married Lou Jean Summers on September 24, 1954 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have eight children; Linda (Dave) Miller, Karen (Ward) Anderson, Sandra (Rob) Stevenson, Colleen (Lee) Burningham, David (Julie), Ken (Staci) and Camille (Chris) Delahunty.
Dean and Jean moved to Monticello, UT in 1961 where Dean began his lifelong career as a Cattleman. He loved the ranching life and working with his father-in-law, Ken Summers, sons and grandsons. This passion for nature has been passed along to his family.
Through the years, Dean has employed and positively impacted dozens of young men who came to work for the cattle operation.
Dean served as President of the San Juan County Cattleman’s Association and was honored as Utah’s Cattleman of the Year in 2012.
A stranger was a friend he hadn’t met yet. Dean and Jean’s home had a welcoming atmosphere. They loved everyone that entered and many became family along the way. He led a life of love and service. His sense of humor and laughter were contagious.
Dean’s enjoyment for life was particularly evident in his love of sports. He ran track in high school and used that speed later in running the bases in softball and playing basketball in Monticello.
Dean’s favorite activities included watching everything involving his children and grandchildren.
Dean was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where he served in numerous church callings including a Stake Mission. He felt it a privilege to serve as a temple worker in the Monticello Temple. He had a deep and abiding testimony of the Savior and he taught the gospel through his actions.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, his seven children, 30 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and siblings, Donald, Elva and Alan (Corky).
He is preceded in death by his parents, his siblings; Burt, Clarence, Earl, Marie, an infant son and two sons-in-law, Kim Holt and Dwight Nielson.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 12 p.m. at the North LDS Chapel, 347 North 200 West, Monticello, UT. A visitation will be held Friday, January 27 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., prior to services at the North LDS Chapel. Interment will be in the Monticello City Cemetery.
The family express gratitude to Dr. Michael Nielson, the nursing staff at San Juan Hospital, and Dr. Dan B. Madsen for their excellent medical and compassionate care of our husband and father. Also, a special thank you to home teachers Gaylen Schaugaard, Paul Sonderegger and Pat Butler for their years of friendship and caring.