ROBERTS , Howard LaVarr Jr. Howard LaVarr Roberts Jr. passed away October 17, 2017, in Pleasant Grove, UT, at the age of 85. He was born July 8, 1932, in Mesa, Arizona, to Howard LaVarr Roberts and Margaret Standage Roberts. He attended school in Mesa and served a Spanish speaking LDS mission in Texas/New Mexico. He has one living brother, Stephen Paul (Luann) and three sisters, Dorothy Anne Berryman, Mary Jane Millett (Mark), and Kristen Rogers (Randall). He married Laura Jo Phelps in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple in 1957. He and Laura Jo have eight children: Natalie Gate (Richard), Laurel Frost (Jeffrey), Celia Johnson (Val), Craig LaVarr (Julie), Rhoda Anderson (David), Samuel Lewis (Lori), Leah Crawford (Joseph A.), and Nathan David (Heather). He has 30 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Howard attended BYU for 2 years, received a Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State College, and then attended medical school at the University of Utah, interning at the Thomas Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah. He was a Captain in the Air Force as a Flight Medical Officer at Fairchild Air Force Base, near Spokane, Washington. Howard was a patriot; he loved his country and the Constitution. He was active in scouting, and was an Eagle Scout, a BSA District Leader, and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award. He served as the Kane County Commander for the Mormon Battalion for about 17 years, leading at flag raisings, parades, Battalion dinner dances, and the 24th of July community dinners at Kanab city park. He loved God and was a fully committed member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many leadership callings in the church, including counselor to Stake President Val Jackson for 8 years. Howard practiced family medicine in Mesa, AZ, Snowflake, AZ, and Kanab, UT, for a total of 35 years (26 in Kanab). He retired from medicine in 1997 and dedicated much of his time and energy to beautifying the city of Kanab, cleaning debris on road edges and serving on the Beautification Committee and the Heritage Council. In 2004 he was awarded the "Above and Beyond" award for community service by Kanab City. He and Laura Jo served an LDS mission together in Salt Lake City in the Family History Center. Howard was an avid hiker, and loved the beautiful trails of Utah. His fine singing voice and piano talent contributed much to his family, church, and community. He loved reading, and he encouraged his grandchildren to learn uplifting poems; he was also an accomplished family history researcher and gardener. His positive influence will be felt for generations. Howard was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother David Lawrence (Junith). A viewing will be held from 6 to 8pm on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Kanab 7th Ward Chapel, 600 S. Hwy 89A. There will be a funeral at 11:00 on Saturday, with a viewing from 9:30-10:45. Interment will be in the Kanab Cemetery following the funeral. Funeral arrangements with Mosdell Mortuary in Kanab.
Published on  October 29, 2017