ROBERT LEE GARVIN 10/17/1921 - 2/7/2014 Robert Lee Garvin, 92, of Barstow, California, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014. Lee was born in Pocatello, Idaho on October 17, 1921 to Elva Tolman and Auby (Aubrey) Pellum. On July 17, 1942 he married Margaret Ann Crane, also of Pocatello. They were married for 41 years until her death in 1983. In 1998, Lee moved to Barstow, Calif. He married Arlene F. Prichard Dillard on January 30, 1999, whom he lovingly referred to as his "sweetheart." Lee served in the United States Air Force for 30 years, including service in World War II. Following his military retirement, he taught at Riverside Community College for 15 years and then continued his love for education in his later years as a substitute teacher for the Barstow Unified School District (Mr. G-Dog, Sr.). He was a devout and active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Besides caring for his family, Lee's passion in life was music. His love for music began in his youth learning to play the violin. Lee also had an excellent talent for singing, with an outstanding concept for pitch and a robust tenor voice. While serving in the U.S. Air Force, he was recognized as an outstanding musician. He was in charge of developing the Airman's Chorus while he was serving in Italy and continued to perform and serve as choir director in many church events sharing his wonderful ear and excellent musicianship with all that would listen. Lee is survived by his wife, Arlene F. Dillard-Garvin; his four children, Ann Leslie Garvin Hermanson of La Quinta, Calif., John R. Garvin of Stafford, Va., Elizabeth C. Garvin Stuppy of Helendale, Calif., and Timothy E. Garvin of Barstow, Calif.; and his two stepchildren, Shauna L. Dillard Warnock of Lucerne Valley, Calif., and Gary L. Dillard of Alta Loma, Calif. His daughter Donna Ann Garvin Palmer preceded him in death. Lee was blessed with 17 grandchildren, one of which preceded him in death, and 22 great-grandchildren, all of whom were his greatest pride and joy. Lee is also survived by two siblings, Ivan (Rocky) Stoneburner of San Antonio, Texas, and Betty Garvin Searles of Delta, Utah. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2571 Barstow Road, Barstow, Calif., with funeral services directly following at 11 a.m. Full military interment services will be on February 19, 2014, 10:15 a.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, Calif.
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Published in the Daily Press on Feb. 11, 2014