John Elton Roberts passed away peacefully June 27, 2021 In St George, Utah. John was born February 5, 1935 to Henry Christopher Roberts and Virginia Susie Elton.
He was raised on the family farm in Goshen, Utah. As a young man he loved to hunt the sandhills around Goshen Dam; riding his favorite horse, Pal, with his faithful dog, Lobo, following closely. Life on the farm forged strong familial bonds, instilling in John the importance of family.
He attended Goshen Elementary and Payson High School. While at Payson High he was active in football, baseball, track and wrestling. In 1954 he won the High School State Wrestling Championship as well as winning the state championship in the 440 relay, 220 and long jump.
After high school he attended the University of Utah, Salt Lake Vocational School and Snow College. He also attended the Border Patrol Academy in El Paso, Texas.
In 1957 John married Shannon Bjerregaard. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they had 7 children. They were later divorced.
John was a master electrician, builder, business owner and land developer. He traveled extensively for many years as a construction superintendent with Eaton Kenway. In his early seventies he came out of retirement and began working with Habitat for Humanity, providing much needed housing for many families.
In 1978 He married Kathy O’neal Caussey. He happily welcomed the three sons that she brought with her to their union. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Provo Temple
After many years away he returned to his beloved Goshen Valley and built a home in Genola.
He was active in the Genola community where he served on the city council. He was instrumental in improving the Genola Park, and establishing the first Genola City Cemetery. One of his proudest accomplishments was making Genola Town Days a, “Celebration destination” complete with; rodeo, parade, games, bake sales, bingo and well known country music artists who performed concerts in the beautiful park he helped create.
He was a champion of the underdog and had a gift for making all feel welcome. He filled many lives with his meaningful generosity and random acts of kindness. Spontaneous, ingenious, witty, warm-hearted, doting and attentive, a story teller, a hunter, advisor, horticulturist, lover of the arts, food and drink connoisseur; a true renaissance man.
John is survived by his wife, Kathy Roberts, children, John A. (Ramona) Roberts, Christopher Roberts, Mary Jo (Kim) Howard, Diana Holley, Dan (Suzanne) Caussey, Christopher (Lyndie) Caussey and Andrea Caussey. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by; three infant children, Son, Michael Caussey, son-in-law, Keith Woodruff, and his sister MaryLynn Everett.