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Obituary: Robert Lee Hales

Nov 22, 2016 09:26PM
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Robert Lee Hales passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at the age of 80 in Santaquin, Utah. He was, and will continue to be, our example of faith, diligence and righteous living. He truly loved and served his family and friends, both those around him and those who have preceded him beyond the veil.

Robert was born April 22, 1936, in Provo, Utah, the son of Leo P. and Ione Thomas Hales. He is survived by his sister Joan Fryer of St. George, Utah, and brother Reed Hales (wife Kay) of Provo. On his return home from serving an LDS mission in the West Central States Mission, he married Barbara Joan Barrow in the Salt Lake Temple on Aug. 22, 1958.

Robert graduated from Provo High School in 1954 and then attended Brigham Young University where he eventually earned three degrees: Bachelor of Science, Master of Religious Education and Doctor of Education. He taught Seminary in the Church Educational System in Park City, Nephi and Blanding, Utah. He then returned to Provo and taught history at Dixon Junior High School for many years. He initiated the first Advanced Placement History program in Provo at Timpview High School. He loved young people and tried to instill a love of learning in them. After leaving the public schools, he turned to real estate, eventually becoming a Broker and beginning his own company, This Is The Place Realty. His last employment was at BYU as an administrator in Conferences and Workshops where he served for 20 years.

Robert served faithfully in many callings in the LDS Church. Some of his favorite callings were temple worker, family history specialist, gospel doctrine teacher and being a missionary.

Robert was preceded in death by his son, Stephen A. Hales, and grandson, Spencer S. Hales. He is survived by his wife Joan and children: Calli Hales (widow of Stephen) of Provo; Mark (Ginean) Hales of Santaquin; Robert (Marylan) Hales of Santaquin; Mary Ann (Jason) Lindsey of Santa Clara; Scott (Jennifer) Hales of Seattle, Wash.; Lynette (Dale) Cave of Highland; Rebecca (Steven) Stokes of Los Alamos, N.M.; Deborah (Brandon) Rhoads of Draper; Kimball (Laura) Hales of Lenexa, Kan.; James (Makala) Hales of Pasco, Wash. At the time of his passing he had 61 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Santaquin East Bench Chapel, 250 S. 580 East, where friends may call from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery under the direction of Brown Family Mortuary, Santaquin. Share condolences at