Robert Lee Pikus: fierce protector, fearless creator and innovator, beloved family man, and defender of his “hippopotamus pod”, has set off on his final adventure, passing away on July 29, 2023, at age 46. Massive in both stature and spirit, Rob was a mountain of a man standing at 6'5", and affectionately known as “Papa Wobbie” by his son. Rob left deep footprints in our lives that will echo across generations. He lived an incredible life of service, adventure, and memory-making with his family and friends.\n\nRob entered this world in a blaze of glory, as his mom will be happy to tell you about. His journey began on September 3, 1976, in Provo, Utah, where he was born to Patricia (Wright) and Leroy Pikus. Born into the legendary Pikus family, he had a joyful 1980’s childhood where the values of hard work, curiosity, love of God, and love of service were instilled in him. His magnetic personality and insightful spirit drew in many friends throughout the years. Rob always knew the best ways to have fun, as his friends and children can attest to. \n\nAfter graduating high school, Rob attended both Snow College and Utah Valley University, in addition to serving a 2-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Milan, Italy. His commitment to service was exemplified during his time as a missionary, where he grew to love the Italian people with all of his heart. Rob’s love and knowledge of Italy would welcome him back to the country throughout his lifetime. \n\nOn the night of July 3rd 1998, he met the love of his life, Regina (Gege) Gateley Pikus. They married on April 15, 2000, and sealed their bond for eternity in the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple. Their journey together brought four beautiful children into the world: Regina Patricia, Harley Rae, Kincade (Cade) Day, and Cash Robert. During the 23 years of their marriage, Rob and Gege worked hard together to build a beautiful life for their family. Rob led each member of the Pikus family in shared values of love, hard work, faith, and honesty. He embodied these values each and every day, passed them on to his children with each new adventure, both big and small. \n\nAfter college, Rob pioneered his way through the construction industry, determined to disrupt it. Rob and Gege together laid the cornerstone of Pikus Concrete and Construction in 1999. Through tireless effort and unwavering commitment, they transformed this small Utah company into one of the largest concrete companies in the nation. Rob stood shoulder to shoulder with his employees in the trenches, forging lifelong friendships along the way. Later, Rob harnessed his innovative spirit to create Pikus 3D, a pioneering 3D-printed concrete company, cementing his place as a trailblazer in North American construction. His insightful leadership and steadfast dedication also underpinned his contributions at Pikus Concrete Contracting, a Lithko subsidiary, where he served as Area Lead.\n\nA magnet for friendships, Rob was admired for his honest charisma and insightful spirit. Orange was chosen to represent him because he once said to his little girl "every great thing I've ever built has a little orange in it.” With a constant eye for adventure, Rob recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of running with the bulls in Spain, and lived a glorious moment of tangling with a bull. His passion for exploring new territories and cultures was infectious, and he shared these experiences with his loved ones. Just ask his best friends, Swen and Paul, to tell you some stories. Whether it was blazing new trails on a mountain, adventuring in snow, or exploring foreign lands, Rob's life was an adventure that touched all who knew him.\n\nOne of the deep joys in his life was exploring the world with his wife and children, trying new things and creating new memories. He tirelessly supported his family, backing every wild idea with unwavering belief. He exemplified what a husband and father is, and could be found every single day serving his wife and children. His commitment to others was matchless, starting in his family and reaching the furthest corners of the world. Helping others was a core value in his life, and eventually led to Rob and Gege starting The Pikus Project, a nonprofit with the mission of “Changing our community, nation, and world one Project at a time.” His commitment to others was awe-inspiring.\n\nRob is survived by his wife Gege, their four children, his parents Patricia and Leroy Pikus, his Mother-in-Law Yvonne Gateley, and his seven siblings: Kevin Pikus, Frank Pikus, Damond (Amy) Pikus, Shauna (Kyle) Smoot, Amanda (Taylor) Yates, Jared (Jodi) Pikus, Noelle (Janson) Pace, along with a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his nephew, Isaac Pikus, his niece Mia Swenson, and his Sister-in-Law, Tina Pikus. In addition to his four children on earth he is believed to have been joyfully reunited with his seven unborn children in heaven.\n\nThe legacy Rob leaves behind is a map for others to follow, filled with courage, innovation, and love (and a little bit of orange). His contributions to his community, industry, and family will forever inspire those who journey alongside him. Gege, his forever sweetheart, alongside their children, will continue the adventures that she and Rob started.\n\nFuneral services will take place on Saturday, August 5th, at 4 pm at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, Utah. The service will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend in person. Following the funeral, Rob will be laid to rest in a place both cherished by him and his family, and will be a reflection of his deep love for nature, and a constant reminder of God's presence.\n\nThe Pikus family extends heartfelt appreciation for the outpouring of kindness and many generous acts of support during this challenging time. Rob's memory will forever serve as a compass, guiding us towards life's adventures, community value, and the significance of family. He is so irreplaceable that we won't even try.