1933 ~ 2012
beloved Robert Allen Bryson "Bob" passed away
on June 30, 2012, from heart disease and kidney failure.
Bob was born October 15, 1933 in Vernal, Utah to Ralph Abram
and Elfreda Davis Bryson. After graduating high school in
Vernal he attended Brigham Young University until he was
called to serve for 30 months in the Copenhagen Denmark
Mission for the LDS Church. He mastered the Danish language
and was grateful to serve in the native land of his grandmother.
He graduated from BYU in 1961 with a BS in geology and spent
another year in the master’s program before deciding
to enter UCLA School of Law. In 1964 he was admitted to
the California Bar and spent the next 40 years practicing
law in Orange County, California.
Bob married Sylvia Rae Tyler in the LDS Los Angeles Temple
in 1957, and they had 6 children before Sylvia died of cancer
in 1973. He then married Dorothy Clemence in 1975, and they
were sealed in the Oakland Temple in 1976; together they
had two children; Dorothy had one son from a previous marriage.
Their family of 9 children became, as Bob would say, "one
Bob was an extraordinary man. He never lost his thirst
for knowledge either spiritually or secularly. As an avid
reader he was intrigued by earth sciences, space and the
universe. He loved history. Most of all he enjoyed people
and treated everyone with love and respect. He was highly
intelligent and had a unique gift of expression and humor.
He was a deep-thinker and masterful teacher of the gospel
of Jesus Christ. He touched many lives for good and was
deeply respected by his peers.
Bob was a devoted servant and member of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints. He held many callings including
having been called as a bishop at age 31. He served twenty-seven
years in the temple – 22 of those years as a sealer
in both the Los Angeles and Mt. Timpanogos Temples. He and
his wife, Dorothy, had the great privilege of serving a
mission in the Nauvoo Temple in 2005, and the joyful assignment
of serving at the Charleston Assisted Living Center for
His greatest treasure was his family, and his love and
devotion to his wife unparalleled. He coined a little phrase
of wisdom that he often would recite to his children, "Your
job is to make your parents look good" --- and he would
readily conclude that they did.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; sons, Bob (Terri),
Blair (Pam), Tyler (Karen), Jerry, Reed; daughters, Lisa
Webster (Jeff), Courtney Johnson (Jonathan), Leslie Bryson,
and Harmony Andrew (Emron), 27 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren;
and, brother, Phil Bryson (Juanita). He is preceded in death
by his brother, Ralph, and sister, Beth Lindsey.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 6, 2012 at 11:00
am at the Cedar Hills West Stake Center Chapel located at
4580 West Cedar Hills Drive, Cedar Hills, Utah. Family and
friends may call Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm at the
Warenski Funeral Home 1776 North 900 East, American Fork,
Utah and also Friday morning from 9:30-10:30 am prior to
services at the church. Interment will be in the Highland