In Memory

John Robson

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03/05/15 03:54 PM #1    

Nancy Whittaker (Ward)

John Edwin Sumner Robson Obituary
1957 - 2014
Earlier this week, John Edwin Sumner Robson, our beloved husband and father passed away unexpectedly while pursuing his love of the outdoors. John and RuthAnn Beutler were married December 28, 1981 for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple. He built his life upon the gospel of Jesus Christ and around his family. His greatest joy came from spending time and traveling with his wife, four children, and three grandchildren. An avid runner, cyclist, and hiker he knew no greater happiness than spending time outside with his family. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served diligently in all his callings. At the time of his passing he and RuthAnn were serving as missionaries in the Inner City Project. It was a calling that they enjoyed and they were grateful for the time they were able to serve together. His genuine kindness, sense of humor and love of life blessed all those who knew John.
John was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1957 to R. Thayne and Lou Jean Robson. He is the fourth of eight children. John served in the Guatemala City, Guatemala Mission. He attended the University of Utah where he graduated with a BS in Finance and Juris Doctor degrees. A courteous and knowledgeable professional, he practiced law for over 30 years with Fabian and Clendenin in Salt Lake City. He enjoyed his career, and his association with the firm and members of the legal community.
John was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife RuthAnn Beutler Robson, his children: Katie Thomas (James), Peter Robson, Anne Marie Smock (Daniel), and Benjamin Robson, his step-mother: Jeanne Robson, his siblings: LuDean Robson, Elizabeth Romney (Steven), James Robson (Angie), Carolyn Blatter (Bill), Rebecca Worley (Chris), Cheryl Callaghan (Michael), Angela Wade (Ken), and his three cherished grandchildren.
A viewing will be held Sunday, July 20 from 6-8pm at Larkin Mortuary (260 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City). A funeral will be held Monday, July 21, 11am at the Olympus Stake Center (2675 E. 4430 S., Holladay, Utah), with a viewing preceding the funeral at 9:45am. Interment at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers we invite you to donate to "Onward2Success," a community scholarship fund. For information about Onward2Success, please visit
Published in Deseret News from July 19 to July 20, 2014


08/02/15 09:32 PM #2    

Heather Bennett (Hanson)

I worked with—and sometimes against—John, who was my high school debate colleague, while he represented Salt Lake City School District. We were re-aquainted in 2002 when I became one of the named plaintiffs in a suit against the district over a school closure dispute. The case went to the Utah Supreme Court. The district won and John told me I should run for a seat on the school board. So I did. When I joined the board in 2004, I was glad to be on his side again. He was as one of the most respected education attorneys in the state, a wonderful father, and a great man. I miss him.


08/08/15 11:39 PM #3    

Jeri Petersen (Olsen)

John was a great friend, known him since 5th Grade Eastwood Elementary on. When the high school threatened not to allow our otherwise stellar son to walk with his class for shaving heads of a neighborhood 9th grade friend and his buddy's 9th grade little brother following decades old high school's rituals they had experience first hand in 9th grade--all of whom were fine and honored with the admiring attention from their classmates--I called John, SL School District Atty. Since the school had not informed them of the change in attitude toward these "traditions," our son and his two buddies and we parents were alarmed that they could actually withhold their diplomas. Perhaps there were back room deals made we never knew about by John. Our son and his buddies walked with their class, a bit more humble than they had been. Unfortunately, I haven't run into John much over the years, but I did cross paths in the busy entry aisle of Costco's on 300 West. We chatted casually for just a few minutes and then we went our separate ways. If I had known that was the last time I would see him in this life, I genuinely would have chatted for hours... We never know, do we?  Grateful to count him as a friend. What are your memories?  

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