Robert M. Pixton (85) was born on June 13, 1938, in Salt Lake City, UT, and died on January 5, 2024, in Salt Lake City, UT. He was predeceased in death by his wife Barbara Carol Rather (67) on April 27, 2003. They were married on July 19, 1963, in the St. George LDS Temple. They had a deep and abiding love for each other, and the 20-year separation was a hardship on Robert. He was also predeceased by his son Andrew, son-in-law Jim, grandson Sam and many others.

He and Barbara had nine children, listed in age order: Matthew Robert (Carol), Jennifer Carol (Mark), Candace Leigh (Mark), Laura Jane, Sarah Ruth (Travis), Peter Douglas (Dolly), Allison Theresa (Dan), Andrew Seth (deceased) and Rosemarie Rather (Dallas). They also had 31 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Robert is a 6’7” rock upon which his family is founded, and they are “looking good”, waiting patiently for “scritchy scratchers” and “tricky tricks” until they meet “Boom-Pa” again at Jesus’ feet.

Robert served an LDS Mission in the British Isles. His mission was an important foundation to his numerous callings in the LDS church, including bishop, stake president, patriarch, and sealer in both the Albuquerque, NM and Mt. Timpanogos Temples. He touched many people’s lives while he served in these callings.

Robert graduated from the University of Utah with his undergraduate (1963) and graduate (1969) degrees in physics. Thereafter ensued a life-long career in laser physics. His life’s journey took him from Utah to Florida to New Mexico and back to Utah (in meticulously white converse tennis shoes sized 13).

He loved cycling and rode at least 20 miles in 28 different states. He reached his goal of 5,000 miles on the bike a year even into his 80’s. His children will never forget his bike with the broomstick banana seat. He also enjoyed playing the piano with very loud rendition of songs learned by ear, gardening, and reading. He sang bass and Barbara sang alto in family gatherings, carrying many a Christmas tune.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah 84092. A viewing will be held that day at 9:30 a.m. Interment will immediately follow the funeral ceremony. Here is the zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89810565973

The family would especially like to thank everyone who helped their father in his final phase, including all those who showed him kindness at St. Mark’s hospital.

Services

Visitation

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Larkin Sunset Gardens
1950 E. Dimple Dell Rd.
Sandy, UT 84092

Funeral Service

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Larkin Sunset Gardens
1950 E. Dimple Dell Rd.
Sandy, UT 84092

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Jan 08, 2024

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Our deepest sympathy to all the Pixton children. Our flower order got totally messed up which may have been my fault or the florest or both. We would like to donate the money from the flowers to the Church in Bob's name to which catagory (missionary, humanitarian, etc) you decide. Let us know. Zoom is not the best yet, but we got the program from Peter's talk on. Love you all. Ed and Kathy

Ed and Kathy Behling , Washington, UT, US Jan 13, 2024

Our deepest sympathy to all the Pixton children. Our flower order got totally messed up which may have been my fault or the florest or both. We would like to donate the money from the flowers to the Church in Bob's name to which catagory (missionary, humanitarian, etc) you decide. Let us know. Zoom is not the best yet, but we got the program from Peter's talk on. Love you all. Ed and Kathy

Ed and Kathy Behling , Washington, UT, US Jan 13, 2024

A good man and a great missionary. he will be well remembered.

Mike and Lynne Nicholes , Liberty Lake, WA, US Jan 09, 2024

We have many happy memories of both Bob and Barbara since we were neighbors for many years. My son Daniel and Rosie went through all the years of school together. Barbara and I taught at the same school and commuted across town together. I still enjoy looking at the front rose garden that they planted. They were wonderful people and we are certain they are happy to be back together again. We loved them and the whole family.

Joyce Newman Jan 08, 2024

There are no words to express the tremendous influence President Pixton had on my & my family’s lives. When I served a stake calling when he was the stake president I learned through his influence about the power of the priesthood. Because I was a convert & my husband Jay was then a nonmember, I had little exposure to the priesthood. He interviewed me for my temple endowment, sealed me to my parents & when the time came, he sealed Jay & I for all time & eternity. When I had gospel questions, he was always my trusted source of inspired answers. The picture is when Bob visited us in Elephant Butte to ride a bike trail with Jay. I am sad at his passing but thankful he & his beloved Barbara are together again. My thoughts & prayers are with those who loved him & had the privilege of being a part of his life. Donna Stroman Snelling

Donna & Jay Snelling , Albuquerque, NM, US Jan 08, 2024

There are no words to express the tremendous influence President Pixton had on my & my family’s lives. When I served a stake calling when he was the stake president I learned through his influence about the power of the priesthood. Because I was a convert & my husband Jay was then a nonmember, I had little exposure to the priesthood. He interviewed me for my temple endowment, sealed me to my parents & when the time came, he sealed Jay & I for all time & eternity. When I had gospel questions, he was always my trusted source of inspired answers. The picture is when Bob visited us in Elephant Butte to ride a bike trail with Jay. I am sad at his passing but thankful he & his beloved Barbara are together again. My thoughts & prayers are with those who loved him & had the privilege of being a part of his life. Donna Stroman Snelling

Donna & Jay Snelling , Albuquerque, NM, US Jan 08, 2024

There are no words to express the tremendous influence President Pixton had on my & my family’s lives. When I served a stake calling when he was the stake president I learned through his influence about the power of the priesthood. Because I was a convert & my husband Jay was then a nonmember, I had little exposure to the priesthood. He interviewed me for my temple endowment, sealed me to my parents & when the time came, he sealed Jay & I for all time & eternity. When I had gospel questions, he was always my trusted source of inspired answers. The picture is when Bob visited us in Elephant Butte to ride a bike trail with Jay. I am sad at his passing but thankful he & his beloved Barbara are together again. My thoughts & prayers are with those who loved him & had the privilege of being a part of his life. Donna Stroman Snelling

Donna & Jay Snelling , Albuquerque, NM, US Jan 08, 2024

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