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Robert D. Knighton

December 3, 1943 - July 4, 2013

Robert D. Knighton (Bob) our beloved husband and father passed away peacefully at home July 4, 2013.

 

Robert was born December 3, 1943 in Pocatello, Idaho to Samuel Charles Knighton and Mary Allene Kent.  He grew up in Pocatello and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1962 where he was involved with the Young Democrats and the declamation speech team.  He had the opportunity to introduce then presidential candidate John F. Kennedy at a presidential rally in Pocatello.  This was a highlight in his life.

 

Robert served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1963-1965 in what was then the Northern California Mission.

 

Robert married Carol Gay Puglsey on August 6, 1966.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Idaho State University and then his  Masters from University of Washington in Seattle.  During this time, bob and Carol had their first and most adorable child, Dana, while living in Washington.

 

After graduation, Bob and Carol settled in Twin Falls, Idaho to raise their family.  Bob was employed as Senior Speech Pathologist for the Adult/Child Development Center for 16 years, specializing in pediatric speech.  During this time they were blessed with another daughter, Christy and 9 years later again with the addition of their only son, Ryan.

 

After 16 years in Twin Falls, bob and Carol moved the family to Ogden, Utah where Bob worked for Intermountain Health Care as a speech pathologist specializing in trauma and stroke patient rehabilitation.  The family still resides in the Ogden area.

 

It was during their time in Twin Falls that Dad got involved with the Twin falls School Board.  He served as an elected trustee for 6 years, vice-chairman for 1 year and chairman for 2 years from 1977-1986.  This was something very close and dear to his heart.

 

Dad was a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He served as 1st counselor in the bishopric, Elders quorum president, Young Men’s president as well as many other positions.  He had a special talent and understanding of the youth in the church.

 

Robert was a wonderful father and adored his children and grand-children.  He had a quick wit and hilarious sense of humor.  He loved a good story and to just sit and visit.  He enjoyed the outdoors and fishing at his secret fishing holes in Island Park and Alturas Lake.  Politics was his hobby and he followed the state of the country very closely.

 

Robert is survived by his wife of 46 tears, Carol Gay; three children, Dana Kern, Christy (Mark) Kelly, Ryan Knighton; six grandchildren, Justyne (Bryce) Johnson, Dain and Maddisan Kern, Emma, Tori and Wyatt Kelly; one brother Kent (Barbara) Knighton of Boise, Id.

 

He was preceded in death by both of his parents and his mother-in-law.

 

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, July 9th, 11:00 a.m. at Leavitts Mortuary, 836 36th Street where friends also may visit with the family Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. and from 9:45-10:45 prior to services.  Interment: Aultorest Memorial Park.

 

The family would like to thank Curo Hospice, Meghan and Domonique, for all their care and support of Dad in the last few weeks.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.leavittsmortuary.com

 

 

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Born: December 3, 1943
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Melody Lenkner posted on 7/11/13

I was so sorry to read of Bob's passing. He seemed like one of those people who would and should live forever. I am a speech pathologist and Bob and I got to know one another when I moved to Twin Falls. He was dedicated to his profession both in terms of taking care of his patients and giving service to the Idaho Speech and Hearing Association. I enjoyed his "jolly" sense of humor and admired his work ethic. I wish you the best as you all get adjusted to the "new normal" without him. Melody Lenkner

 

Melody Lenkner posted on 7/11/13

I was so sorry to read of Bob's passing. He seemed like one of those people who would and should live forever. I am a speech pathologist and Bob and I got to know one another when I moved to Twin Falls. He was dedicated to his profession both in terms of taking care of his patients and giving service to the Idaho Speech and Hearing Association. I enjoyed his "jolly" sense of humor and admired his work ethic. I wish you the best as you all get adjusted to the "new normal" without him. Melody Lenkner

 

Angie (Durham) Ludlow posted on 7/8/13

I am so sorry for your families loss, I pray for your family to have comfort at this hard time. Bob will always be a part of my childhood memories. Angie (Durham) Ludlow

 

Linda and Mike Woolley posted on 7/8/13

Gay and family- we are so sorry for your loss. Even though we didn't stay in contact much, Bob was a very special cousin to me. I still remember when I was 9 my dad had to work and couldn't take me to the "daddy daughter date". Bob just returning from his mission took me ;) I am sure I had more fun than he did. Great guy and all will miss him. Wonderful memories help get you through this difficult time. Love you -Linda

 

Bruce & Marcia Covington posted on 7/8/13

Our daughter, Amy, keeps in touch with Christy, and informed us of Bob's passing. We send our condolences and best wishes to all of you. Time since we were with you in Twin Falls has passed quickly, but sweet memories remain and are treasured. While Bob was on the school board Marcia needed to get back into the teaching profession as a special education teacher. Bob was so encouraging and helpful to her/us at that time, and Marcia re-entered the profession. With 30 years under her belt, she is still at it. We are grateful to Bob for his concern and interest. May the Lord bless you all, Bruce & Marcia Covington

 

Jerri Ray Johnson posted on 7/8/13

Dear Gay and family, I'm sorry to read about Bob in our Pocatello paper, but I'm glad you posted it there, or I would never have known about Bob's passing. The picture you chose is so....Bob. He looks good and happy. I hope when things settle down, you will take a moment to email me and let me know more about things in your lives. I didn't realize you had moved to Ogden. It would be great to catch up on the many years in between our early memories and our times of sorrow now. Thinking of you and praying for peace to your hearts.

 

Frank Durham posted on 7/7/13

We send our love and prayers to the family of my great friend, Bob! I will miss, him but know he is so happy, with the reunion he is having now, we rejoice in the knowledge that he has fought the good fight, and has been given the reward, "well done thou good and faithful servant"!!! You returned with Honor!!! Love you friend!!! until we meet again!!! Frank Durham

 

Wes and Katie Woolstenhulme posted on 7/7/13

Gay, Dana, Christy, and Ryan, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Even though I was in my youth, I have fond memories of our families spending time together. The conversations and stories from Bob kept all interested into the wee hours of the evening. Our sincerest condolences. Wes and Katie Woolstenhulme - Apex, North Carolina

 

Terri Gudgell (Woolstenhulme) posted on 7/7/13

I'm sorry to hear of Bob's passing! Sending lots of love in thoughts and prayers to your family!

 

Carol Kaufman posted on 7/7/13

Dear Gay and family: as you may remember I worked with Bob and shared an office with him for 7 years at the Child Development Center in Twin Falls. (my name was Thompson then). I was so sad to hear of Bob's passing. He was such a dear friend and mentor and I loved his sense of humor-we had many happy and funny times together at work. He talked everyday about his family, the most important thing in his life. Bob was thoughtful and very kind and like a "big brother" to me when I was going through some difficulties in the early 80's. Although I hadn't seen him for several years, I will always have special memories of him from my early professional career. I hope you will take comfort in knowing how many people's lives he touched, My thoughts and prayers are with you Gay and kids. He will be missed. Very sincerely, Carol (Thompson) Kaufman

 

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