Robert Allen Bryson
1933 ~ 2012

Our 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 great family".

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 3 years.

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 City Cemetery.

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