Robert John Primbs Sr.

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Robert John Primbs, Sr.
April 29, 1924 - April 14, 2014
Robert (Bob) Primbs, Sr., a native of Pocatello, Idaho; passed away two weeks shy of his 90th birthday at his eldest daughter's home in Layton, UT where he was receiving hospice care. Bob was fortunate to live a fairly healthy & active life until last Oct. when he became ill from prostate cancer. Many of his friends & family were privileged to be able to visit with Bob & offer him their loving care-giving these past several months. Bob was the youngest of three children born to Joseph & Valaria (Mohr) Primbs, who moved to Pocatello in 1917. Bob grew up in a loving household with his sister, Valerie Routzong (predeceased) & his brother, Joseph Primbs, Jr. As youths, both Bob & his brother started their life careers working in their father & grandfather's business, Primbs & Sons Printing. Bob became head printer & shop manager, running & maintaining a variety of printing presses & machinery, completing darkroom developing & computer programming while supervising shop employees. Bob attended St. Joseph's Catholic School & Pocatello High School (Class of 1942). Enlisting in the Navy during WWII, Bob advanced to Aviation Ordinanceman 2nd Class, instructor. He served numerous bases, including Farragut, ID (Naval Training Center); Norman, OK (Aviation Ordinance Training); Seattle, WA (Bombardier Training on Norden bombsight); Arlington, WA; Pasco, WA; Klamath Falls, OR & San Diego, CA. He returned to Pocatello where he attended Idaho State College (ISU). Bob's life revolved around the great out of doors & he pursued many activities & sports that gave him & his family the opportunity to experience & appreciate the wonders of the natural world. Bob was passionate about skiing & joined his brother & a group of friends to form the Alpette Ski Club. They pooled their money & efforts buying, installing & running the first rope tow at Ski Bowl near Scout Mt.'s amphitheater. They were also instrumental in the early years at Skyline Ski Area (Pebble Creek). In the basement of the print shop, Bob & his brother opened the first ski shop in Pocatello. They named it The Wood Butchers because they cut down Army surplus skis to shorter lengths, attached metal edges, & mounted the latest bindings. The store also carried imported leather ski boots & other goods. In 1946 Bob married Cora Wolfe (deceased 2001). They had three children: Robert John, Jr. (Johnny), Anna Marie & Catherine. Bob & Cora, early members of the National Ski Patrol, skied many regional areas & taught their family their love of the sport. Bob was also an avid straight-bow & muzzle loader hunter who often put meat on the table. He & Cora were involved in forming the club that built the Scout Mt. Archery Range. They helped form the Portneuf Muzzle Loaders Club which held matches & Rendezvous - reenacting the trapper days. Bob's interest in the "old ways" lead him to foraging & other skills that he enjoyed sharing (i.e. mushrooming, harvesting sap for syrup & cattail roots for flour, or making lye soap, etc). Bob & Cora were also members/officers of the Bannock Historical Society & led many OR Trail history outings. Camping, hiking, backpacking & rock-hounding (with Bob's father) also brought much joy & fulfillment to their family life. Bob belonged to the Elks Lodge BPOE, following his father's footsteps, where he helped provide Christmas gifts for the needy. He was also involved in local politics as a precinct committeeman. He & Cora divorced in 1976. In 1984, Bob married June Carroll. June's three grown children - Dick Carroll, Patty Pulling (deceased 2011) & Lillian Hupper - became dearest friends with Bob. Bob & June enjoyed their retirement years living in their rural, log home between McCammon & Lava Hot Springs where they held many his-&-hers family gatherings. Bob & June went on several cruises all around the globe; they also enjoyed many winters as snowbirds in Arizona. June passed away in January 2013. Bob's dry sense of humor, mischievous smile, twinkling eyes & warm-hearted ways will always be remembered & cherished by his friends & family. Bob is survived by his brother Joseph Primbs, Jr.; three children: Robert John Primbs, Jr. (Julie), Anna Marie Singleton (John O.), & Catherine Logan (Jesse); five grandchildren: Valerie Cole, Kenneth & Andrew Primbs, Monty & Margot Singleton; six great grandchildren: Liam Wright Cole, Addie, Ellie & Fiona Primbs, Gannon & Ryker Singleton; stepchildren: Dick (Ann) Carroll & Lillian Hupper, plus many loving step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, cousins, nieces & nephews. Memorial Service: Saturday, May 10th, 11:00AM, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 455 N. Hayes, Pocatello, ID. Luncheon reception following mass to 3:00PM at the Veteran's Memorial Building, 300 N. Johnson - 1 block west from the church, across the Fremont St. bridge. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you make a contribution in Bob's memory, to ACCESS Hospice, 4933 S. 1500 W. Suite 200, Riverdale, UT, 84405, 801-475-7500, or Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association, POB 75, Stanley, ID 83278, 208-720-6861,

Published in Idaho State Journal on May 8, 2014
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