Robert David Lamoreaux, a devoted son, brother, husband, father, papa, neighbor, and friend, peacefully passed away on September 18, 2023, in the early hours of the morning. His passing came after a period of declining health, which took an unexpected turn for the worse following a minor surgery in July. His resilient spirit returned to his eternal family, leaving behind cherished memories in the hearts of all who knew him.
Robert is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Pamela Myers Lamoreaux, and their 7 children: Mike (Angie), Danna, Kari, Renae (Jared), Tenney (Jen), Brad (David), and Ryan (Kate). His siblings, Jay Lamoreaux, Adeline Palmer, Martha McBride, and Max Lamoreaux, also remember him fondly. Robert leaves a lasting legacy in his 22 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. His greatest joy has always been his family.
Born in 1940, Robert, affectionately known as "Bob," spent his formative years on a small family-owned farm and cattle operation in Gilbert, Arizona where his love affair with horses began when he broke colts by riding them to school. His life journey was marked by remarkable experiences and achievements. In 1960, he embarked on a mission for the LDS Church in southern Brazil, where he honed his fluency in both Spanish and Portuguese. He maintained this fluency by reading the Book of Mormon aloud in Spanish throughout his life.
In 1964, Robert married his sweetheart, Pamela Myers, in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. Just one week later, he earned his B.S. degree from Arizona State University with a dual major in Crops and Livestock. In 1965, he completed a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
His professional career began with ten years at Valley National Bank of Arizona in branch management and agricultural lending, followed by five years as general manager of Producers Livestock Marketing Association in North Salt Lake, Utah.
In 1981, he was appointed general manager of the LDS Church's 300,000-acre Deseret Ranches of Florida, where his family shares fond memories of airboat rides, alligators, hog hunting, and eating fresh shrimp and hush puppies. He continued to serve the Church in various capacities, ultimately overseeing livestock operations in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil as vice president of livestock operations.
After 28 years of dedicated employment, Robert retired, and he and Pam accepted a church service volunteer assignment to motivate, educate, and raise the standard of living for employees on South American farms in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.
Robert's professional accomplishments were matched by his extensive spiritual service. Throughout his life, he held numerous callings within the LDS Church, including bishop, Spanish branch president, elder's quorum president, high priest group leader, and 1st counselor in the stake presidency. However, his most cherished calling was that of a home teacher and ministering brother, which he fulfilled with unwavering dedication.
Robert's life was marked by his profound love for family, unwavering faith, and a legacy of service. He will be dearly missed and forever remembered for his contributions to both his community and his Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charitable organization of your choice in Robert's memory.
There will be a viewing held at Russon Mortuary & Crematory located at 1941 North Main Street in Farmington on September 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Funeral services will be held at LDS Chapel located at 270 West Burton Lane, Kaysville on September 29. Viewing at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and funeral at 11:00 a.m. All friends, family, and acquaintances are invited to pay their respects and celebrate the life of this remarkable man.
Services will be streamed live using the following Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96238875245