“Always There”John W. Robertson 87, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2010 in SLC, UT. Born in Colony, OK April 24, 1923 to Benjamin and Lizzy Speiss. \nPreceded in death by wife, Ann Kikel who passed June 25, 2000; grandson, Curt McCarthy; and siblings, Willie, Katie, Ruby, Clarence, Roy, Clayton, Dewey, Frank, Lloyd, Everett, Dorothy and Helen. Survived by son, Bob of Murray, UT and daughter, Sharyl (Mike) McCarthy of Westminster, CO; five grandsons; eight great grandchildren; and Dee, a past companion.He lived in Clifton, Orchard Mesa, Palisade and Grand Jct., CO. He joined the Navy in 1942. He was a gunner on a freighter in the south Pacific and Guada Canal. He married Mom Feb 20, 1945 in Grand Jct. They moved to Midvale in 1948. He worked as a roofer and at the Midvale Lead Smelter. With two children they moved to Murray in 1950. He spent 34 years at Kennecott drilling and blasting and as Mechanic Shop Foreman on haul trucks.He and Mom traveled using his knowledge of Western highways. He enjoyed people, poker, fishing, lapidary and wood work, but mostly his wife and family. Never was there a man more eager to please or help. He was a skilled jack of all trades with a remedy for every fix. His kind demeanor, hardy laugh and heart of gold drew everyone to him. Even in advanced Alzheimer’s he made life pleasant with his antidotes and smile. He never spoke ill of anyone. His values of trust and honesty never waivered. If you were losing in life, slots or poker he’d find a way to help. He had every do-it-yourself book and read them and his bible to tattered edges.Coming into his presence made your day. He cared for his mother, sister and wife thru illnesses. A better man could not be found. Time spent with him cheered you and forever changed your life. Simplicity, not greed ruled his life and his quote: “Better to be thought a fool than speak and remove the doubt” were constant. We’ll miss his thoughtfulness and sharing manner.Special thanks to Silverado, Legacy House, Senior Care Svcs, and the VA, especially Heather CNA of VISTA who charmed his final weeks. Please celebrate his life. He loved a crowd and party to the end –never a complaint. His constant- I love you and do you need anything will linger in our hearts. Thanks to all who visited him. He was blessed to have been given your time.Funeral Mass will be Monday May 24, 2010 at 12 Noon at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church, 3015 E. Creek Rd.(8100 S.) Viewings will be Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary 4760 S. State St. and Monday at church from 11-11:45 a.m. Interment: Murray City Cemetery.