Obituary for Robert Earl Bateman | Russon Brothers Funeral Directors

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Robert Earl Bateman

February 6, 1933 ~ September 9, 2018 (age 85)

Our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather Robert E. (Bob) Bateman passed away peacefully Sunday morning, September 9, 2018 in Layton, Utah, surrounded by five of his six children. Bob was born on February 6, 1933, in Rupert, Idaho to Orland E. Bateman and Mary Goff Bateman.  As a young boy Bob struggled with a serious stuttering problem – a fact that would seem incredible to anyone who heard him speak throughout his many years in church service.

In 1950, Bob was one of five boys selected to accompany former Canadian Mountie, author, and playwright Sidney R. Montague on a guided tour of the Canadian Arctic and Alaska.  Bob graduated in 1951 from Burley High School, where he held numerous student body offices and was active in sports.  He lettered in basketball, football, and track, finished second in the half-mile for the State of Idaho, and attended Brigham Young University on a track scholarship.  After two years at the Y, Bob was called as a missionary to the East Central States Mission, where he served as Mission Secretary and Branch President.

After returning to the Y, he was a student body leader and was called to the bishopric of BYU 5th Ward.  Bob graduated in 1957 with a BS degree in Accounting and Auditing, and married a beautiful young Canadian, DeNai McMullin, in the Salt Lake Temple on June 17, 1957.

Upon graduation, Bob was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Texas, New York, and Spokane, Washington, where son Robert E. (Rob) and daughter Lisa were born.  Shortly before Lisa’s birth, Bob was notified that he was being transferred to Okinawa.  He was only planning to be there for one year, so he moved his family to Idaho temporarily and left for Japan.  Soon after arriving, he was called to be the District President of the Okinawa LDS Serviceman’s District and was asked to extend his tour of duty and have his family join him, which he did.  Daughter Dana arrived 18 months later.

His next assignment was to Bolling AFB, near Washington, D.C., and the family lived in nearby Oxon Hill, Maryland, where daughter Shauna arrived a few years later.  Still working full time as an Air Force officer, Bob attended American University’s night program, earning a Juris Doctorate.  Daughter Michelle was born the night before he was to take the Bar Exam.  He continued his education and earned an LLM from George Washington University, specializing in procurement law.  Son Randall arrived soon thereafter.

Bob left the military briefly to work for the Internal Revenue Service and a private consulting company.  In 1971 he accepted an invitation to join the Army Judge Advocate General Corp with an assignment as chief of the Procurement Law Division at U.S Army Headquarters Europe in Heidelberg Germany.  Soon after arriving in Germany, Bob was called to serve on the High Council and then, a year later, as a counselor in the stake presidency in the Germany Kaiserslautern Serviceman’s Stake. In 1974 he became the stake president and was asked again to extend his tour of duty.

After five years in Germany, Bob was transferred back to the Pentagon, and then to a position as Chief Counsel to U.S. Army Computer Systems Command at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.   The family lived in Vienna, Virginia, where he was called to the High Council and then First Counselor in the Oakton Virginia stake.  In 1979 he was called to be Mission President for the Utah Salt Lake City Mission, commencing July 1st.  However, because of his military obligations, Bob could not retire from the Army until October of that year.  For the first two weeks of July, Bob supervised the mission from Virginia with the help of wonderful Assistants to the President and a lot of long distance telephone calls.  The family moved to Utah in mid-July, and thanks to three months of unused vacation, he remained an “active duty” Lieutenant Colonel in the Army until October.  When the mission was divided a year later, Bob became the president of the Utah Salt Lake City North Mission.  Bob loved his missionaries and was blessed to remain in contact with several of them for decades after his release.

After completing his mission, Bob and his family lived in Provo, Utah, briefly before moving to Davis County, Utah, first in Farmington and finally settling in Layton. Bob was President of North American Arms, traveled the country to give training seminars, and worked as General Counsel.   He eventually accepted a teaching position at Weber State University where he worked until he retired in 1995.  Bob taught students in the areas of logistics and contract management and served as president of the local chapter of the National Contract Management Association.  He also spent countless hours driving to and from Burley, Idaho, to support his aging parents.

The last five years have been difficult on Bob, losing his 100-year-old mother in 2013, his wife DeNai in 2014 after a prolonged and valiant fight with multiple myeloma, and his eldest son Rob to a heart attack in 2015.  Bob and his family are grateful to Fairfield Village of Layton for the kind, compassionate care he has received over the past four years and to Encompass Hospice Care for tender end of life care.

Bob is survived by his daughters Lisa (Curtis) Quist, Dana (Bob) Rees, Shauna (Jon) Cassel and Michelle (Kraig) Baade, son Randall (Nelly) Bateman, and daughter-in-law Candace Harper Bateman, as well as 31 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.  He fought a good fight and is now happily reunited with his loved ones who preceded him.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Russon Mortuary, 1941 North Main St, Farmington, Utah.  Viewings will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  Interment at the Kaysville City Cemetery.  The family suggests a donation to the LDS Missionary Fund, the Perpetual Education Fund, or a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

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