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Joseph Bob Robert Downard

Born: 10/5/1930, Spring City, Utah
Death: 4/10/2016, Moab, Utah
Viewing: 04/14/2016, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Spanish Valley Mortuary
Service: 04/15/2016, 11:00 am, Moab LDS 400 North Chapel
Interment: 04/15/2016, 12:30 pm, Sunset Memorial Gardens

On April 10, 2016, Joseph Robert Downard left this world quietly with his family by his side. He was born October 5, 1930 in Spring City, Utah to Joseph Edward Downard and Vera Irene Blain Downard. He married Mary Lee Johnson on their Senior Trip April 9, 1948 in Littleton, Colorado. Together they had 8 children Johnnie (Debbie) Downard, Ferron, Utah; Robbin Snow, Castle Dale, Utah; Vicki Lowrey, Castle Dale, Utah; Linda (Rex) Moore, Eureka, Nevada; Merri (Gail) Gordon, Caldwell, Idaho; Rebecca (Richard) Dziuk, Delta, Utah; Cecilia (Scott) Sheehan, Broomfield, Colorado, and Joe (Stacey) Downard, Moab, Utah.

He graduated from Grand County High School in 1948. He worked in the Uranium Industry for 35 years and in the Coal Industry for 10 years. After retiring from mining, he started a Compaction Testing Service for businesses in Moab, Utah. He had a fruit orchard, with apples, pears, and peaches where he enjoyed working. He spent many years, long hours, and lots of time caring for his orchard.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he served in many leadership callings. He loved being a missionary and talking with others. He was a big hearted man who worked very hard to provide for his family. When asked what he wanted for his birthday, he always said, "just send money!" but always got Pepsi and a can of cashews! He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, especially his family.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, sisters, grandparents, grandchildren Danielle Snow, Johnathan and Christopher Snow, Richard Lowrey, and daughter-in-law Donna Downard.

Survived by his loving wife of 68 years Mary Lee, twin brother Richard, 8 children, 28 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, April 14th, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Spanish Valley Mortuary, 386 North 100 West, Moab. Funeral services will be held at the LDS 4th North Chapel located at 475 West 400 North on Friday, April 15th 11:00 am viewing beginning at 9:30 am. The Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery immediately following the service.


How sad I am to hear of my uncle Roberts passing. Robert was one of my only two uncles. Because our ages were only eight years apart he was more of an older brother than an uncle. My memories of him go back to the stone house in Spring City. There was Grandmother, Robert, Richard and of course Boots. There are just too many memories to talk about here.

I know that Robert will be welcome into the arms of Jesus and will re-unite with his family. Roberta and I send our love and condolences to my cousins and especially to Mary Lee.
Robert will be missed by all of us.
- J. B. Myers

I was very sorry to hear of your wonderful Patriach's passing. From reading his obituary in the local paper, he has left a lasting legacy with the children down to a great-great grandchild. I am especially sorry for you, Merri & Linda. I know how hard it is to lose your Dad and I am sure you will carry great memories with you through life.

With kind regards,
- Joanne Anderson (Mayberry)

I was very sorry to hear of Uncle Robert's passing, her was a big part of my childhood. Even though we haven't been in touch in many years, I still remember him fondly.
- Lenore Myers yost

I was very sorry to hear of Uncle Robert's passing, her was a big part of my childhood. Even though we haven't been in touch in many years, I still remember him fondly.
- Lenore Myers yost

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