1921 ~ 2014
(Bob) Mathers Henry, 93, passed away in Highland, Utah,
on October 7, 2014.
Robert was born January 10, 1921, in Los Angeles, California
to Harvey A. and Edith C. Henry. He was the student body
president and played football at Manual Arts High School
in Los Angeles, where he met the love of his life, Mildred
A. Coyle. Bob and Mildred were married on November 28, 1941,
three weeks before the start of World War II. He served
in the U.S. Navy, and, upon his return, he attended the
University of Southern California.
Bob and Mildred both had a love for children. They started
off at the Optimist Home for Boys in LA then moved to Covina,
CA where he was superintendent of the Masonic Home for Children
overseeing the daily life of 150 children. He touched the
lives of so many children, who to this day express their
gratitude for his influence in their lives. It is here they
also raised their own family of five children and made many
lasting friends. Always an adventurer, Bob moved the family
to Hawaii and seeded a special love for the islands with
all his family. He then worked in the healthcare field as
Director of Operations for Beverly Enterprises and moved
to San Marino, CA. He went on to own and operate nursing
homes in California and Utah. For the last 30 years, they
lived in La Jolla and Coronado, CA where he fostered his
love for beautiful homes as a real estate developer. At
age 92 he and Mildred moved to Highland, Utah to be closer
to their daughter.
Bob always had a "love affair" with boats. His
idea of a perfect day was "walking the docks"
and looking at boats. You can’t look at boats year
in and year out without dreaming of places you would go
and the boat you would go there in. In 1978 they bought
the Desert Star and headed out for ‘A Year at Sea’.
From San Diego to the Princess Louisa Inlet of British Columbia
aboard a 42’ Grand Banks trawler. Each day had unexpected
adventure and unimagined beauty - a dream come true for
both of them.
An anchor in his life was his baptism in 1977 into the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after many years
of searching, and pondering. In 1978 Bob and Mildred were
sealed with their children in the Los Angeles Temple for
time and all eternity. Later, they served as missionaries
in the Seattle Northwest Mission for the LDS church.
In 1987, he and Mildred bought a summer cottage in Maine
on Snow Pond, where they lived half the year for 13 years.
As grandparents, they had ‘cousins camp’ here
and created special memories in the lives of all the grandkids.
Grandpa was the ‘all time - all time champ’.
Bob’s love and devotion to his sweetheart Mildred
for 73 years was seen and felt by all who knew them. Mildred
was a constant loving caregiver by his side during his declining
years. He is survived by his wife
Mildred, and five children: Thomas M. Henry, Charles (Kay)
Henry, Terry (Stella) Henry, Christopher (Delonnie) Henry,
and Roberta (Bill) Lawler, 18 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Harvey, and his
A viewing will be held on Friday, October 10 at 10:00 am
with funeral services at 11:00 am, at the Templeview LDS
Chapel, 676 Eagleview Drive, Alpine, Utah. Graveside services
will follow at the Highland City Cemetery. His family is
grateful for all the people at Ashford Memory Care Facility
in Highland, Utah, who cared so lovingly for Robert in his