Robert John Lugo passed peacefully on October 19th, 2020 in Murray, Utah. He was born in Brooklyn, New York to Ernesto and Gertrude Lugo on July 12, 1961. Bob’s birth was an answer to his mother’s prayers as she tried to have children for many years. At age five his family decided to move to the North Shore of Long Island to a house in Saint James, NY. He graduated from Smithtown East in 1979 and excelled in most of his studies.
At age 12 Bob found a magic store in California and bought his first trick and was hooked. He became acquainted later on with a Magician named Ronjo, who had a magic store in Port Jefferson. He took Bob under his wing and taught him a lot about magic and sold him many tricks. Bob even helped Ronjo give lessons and put on magic shows. Bob continued doing magic his whole life for parties, church socials, friends and family.
Bob and his mother both joined the church when Bob was 16 years old. Bob had the opportunity to baptize his Dad 6 months later. He served a successful mission for the church starting in the California Fresno Mission in 1984 and as the missionary boundaries changed, he ended his mission in 1986 in the California Ventura mission. Both mission presidents and many missionary companions described Bob as a master scriptorian.
When he returned from his mission he graduated Cum Laude from The Computer Learning Center in Westbury New York in 1986. He then got a job at Cross Country Computer Corporation where his main job was working with the mainframe computers and helping companies send out advertisement mail to the public. He joked to his friends that he was the one to send out the junk mail they never wanted.
Bob met Jennifer in March of 1993, while she was serving a mission on Long Island. She and her companion had been in invited to dinner at the Lugo’s house. After her mission they started to communicate by phone, until at one point Jennifer decided she needed to return to Long Island to see if they were compatible. Jennifer moved to Long Island in March 1996 and they were in engaged on Memorial Day of the same year. Bob and Jennifer were married on September 21, 1996 in the Logan Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Jennifer and Bob lived on Long Island for 20 years together. During that time they both were very active with their church family in Terryville Ward. Bob’s favorite calling was teaching the gospel doctrine class. Bob was a constant student of the gospel and he delved into the scriptures and books to know all he could. He had a very strong testimony and he understood the Plan of Salvation.
He is survived by his wife Jenn, his sister Carmen Eskolsky, and his sister Naida Rivera. He also is survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews who loved him dearly. He is preceded in death by his father Ernesto, his mother Trudy and his brother Tito (Ernesto Jr.).
A memorial service will be held October 31, 2020 at 2:00 in the Spilsbury Mortuary. 110 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah Friends and family are invited to sign Bob’s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com.