Robert was born Dec. 27, 1946, in Salina, Utah, to Glen K and Ruth (Crane) Powell. At the age of 6, Rob’s father passed away and his mother later married Blaine Brown. The blended family was close throughout his life.
He graduated from seminary and West High School in 1965. Rob joked he went through the school of hard knocks to receive a mechanic’s PhD. He was a talented, highly respected and sought after mechanic. He worked for various companies and retired after a long career from Delta Airlines in 2002.
Robert married his lifelong sweetheart, Delsa Jeanette Larsen, on Friday the 13th of March 1970. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in 2007. Together they loved traveling, camping, and spending time with family.
Rob enjoyed watching classic western movies, especially those starring John Wayne. He always looked forward to hunting season with his brothers, sons, grandson and nephews. He also enjoyed embarrassing others by always asking for a senior discount. Towards the end of his life one of his greatest highlights was being able to serve his Heavenly Father by going to clean the Salt Lake Temple. Rob had a big heart and would help anyone in need. As one friend has said, “Rob made being his friend easy.” Rob is loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Rob is survived by his wife, Delsa; sons, R. Shane (Tamara) Powell, Brandon (Rebecca) Powell; daughter, DayNa (David Jr.) Cooley; nine grandchildren, Lindsey (Mark) Soffe, Jacob (Emily) Powell, Whitney Powell, Madison (Carlos) Gomar, Samantha (Farrell) Burggraaf, Savannah, Emma and Olivia Powell; step-grandson, David Cooley III; two great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Harrison; siblings, Charlene (LaMont) Burningham, Doug (Debby) Brown, Earl (Betty) Brown, Marie (Wayne) Christiansen, Garn (Carol) Brown, Mark (Marilyn) Unsworth, Leila (Brandon) Bowen; and many nieces and nephews and other family members. He was preceded in death by fathers, Glen K Powell, Blaine Brown; mother, Ruth (Crane) Brown; and sister Vickie Unsworth.
Funeral services will be held at the Pole Canyon Ward 323 E. Erda Way, Erda, Utah, Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 11 a.m. A viewing will be held Friday, June 21, at the church from 6 – 8 p.m., and also prior to the funeral service June 22 from 10 – 10:45 a.m. Interment will be at Stansbury Park Cemetery in Stansbury Park, Utah.