Robert Frederick Crowton, 89, of Idaho Falls, passed away quietly Tuesday, January 15, 2013, in Idaho Falls.
Bob was born November 8, 1923, in Salt Lake City to Burt Steadman Crowton and Sarah Edna Simonds Crowton. He graduated from Salt Lake South High School, attended Utah State University, the University of Colorado and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho.
He married the love of his life, Marjorie Elaine Taylor, on February 19, 1943, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. Bob and Marge made their home in Blackfoot and moved to Idaho Falls in 1963, where they raised their three children.
Like many of the greatest generation, Bob served our country by joining the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943. He graduated from the first and only Special Officers Candidate School (SOCS) in 1944 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Receiving his officer's commission, Bob served combat in the Pacific Theater with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star and Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism as a Platoon Leader in action against the enemy forces on May 5, 1945, in Okinawa, Japan.
While attending college, Bob spent his summers in Northern Idaho, working for the U.S. Forest Service as a solitary fire lookout. After returning from the war, he managed Kugler's Jewelers in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot. In 1958, Bob accepted a position with Westinghouse Electric Corp. and worked as a personnel manager until retirement in 1989.
An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in a variety of callings, including Scoutmaster (every Scout earned their Eagle Award under his leadership), Stake Employment Specialist, and at the time of death, he was serving as a High Priest Group Assistant. Bob was also a member of the Elks Club, Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce.
After retirement, Bob volunteered as a math tutor for the Bonneville County prison work release program and was recognized as the Eastern Idaho Technical College Volunteer Tutor of the Year 1995-1996. He enjoyed reading, hunting, fishing and nearly any outdoor activity, but Bob especially enjoyed spending time, traveling and dancing with his sweetheart, Marge, and supporting his children's and grandchildren's endeavors.
Survivors include his daughters, Ann Crowton (Bruce) Mulkey of Salmon, Idaho, and Debra Crowton (David) Sadler of Idaho Falls; son, Robert T. (Synthia) Crowton of Idaho Falls; and six grandchildren, Dan L. (Charlotte) Mulkey, J. D. Mulkey, Justin D. Sadler, Nicolette A. Crowton, Dustin T. (Macee) Crowton and Cortlin R. Crowton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 66 years, Marjorie; a brother, Doug; and a sister, Beverly.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, at the Idaho Falls LDS 28th Ward, 1165 Azalea Drive, with Bishop Mark Argyle officiating. The family will visit with friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, January 21, at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave., and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Park with full military rites.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Children's Cancer Research Fund, Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 006, Albert Lea, MN 56007-8006; or Primary Children's Medical Center, P.O. Box 58249, Salt Lake City, UT 84158-0249.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.