Robert Junior Telford

Robert J. Telford passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2020 due to Covid. He was born to Robert W. and Wanda Secrist Telford in West Bountiful, Utah on April 24, 1930.

He spent his youth helping on the family’s small farm and working in the various small family businesses. At 19 years old, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the Eastern Canada Mission. Upon returning, he married the love of his life, Janice Lee Hall, on January 4, 1952. They have four children, 16 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in education, he spent the next 10 years teaching elementary school. First for the Department of Defense on army bases in Yokohama, Japan, Giessen Germany, and Kaiserslautern Germany. Upon returning to the USA, he taught in Reno Nevada. While there he made the decision to pursue his Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling. After graduating, his first job was in the tiny town of Chester, California.  After a year, he applied for and accepted a position in the Counseling Dept. of Ricks College the summer of 1969. He spent the next 24 happy and fulfilling years helping others help themselves.

The summer of 1993, Bob and his sweetheart Jan decided to take early retirement and go on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  They were called to the Zimbabwe, Africa Mission. There were three humanitarian missions to follow: One in Laos and two in Beijing, China. Upon returning, they settled into their home in Hurricane, Utah.

In June 2007, Bob lost Jan to cancer. After her death, he filled his days working in the St. George Temple, “puttering around his house and yard”, reading every historical or church related book he could find, and blessing the lives of all around him.

In October 2012 he married Dolores Sanders. They spent 8 happy years until illness forced Dolores to be treated on a permanent basis in a care facility. Bob moved back to the “old homestead”, his beloved Rexburg, Idaho. He lived with his son, Scott Telford and daughter-in-law, Neva until his death. His entire life was dedicated to his God, to his family, and to the service of others. He touched many lives, and he will be greatly missed.

There will be a graveside dedication on December 30, 2020 at the Enterprise Cemetery, 565 E 100 N, Enterprise, Utah at 10:00 am.

Arrangements are under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George (435) 673-2454.  Friends and family are invited to sign his online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com



Second Visitation




10:00 am
Enterprise Cemetery
565 E 100 N
Enterprise, Utah 84725

Guest Book

5 Responses

  1. St George, Hurricane and Santa Clara. Wonderful years spent with Jan and Bob with amazing wonderful memories. Bob spread love wherever he went and I was blessed to be one of the recipients of that love. I can hardly wait for the reunion and maybe even have a game of Mexican train.

  2. Bro. Telford was a counselor at Rick’s college when I went there 1989-1991. He was so kind and soft spoken. He was very tender and Christlike. He always listened and made time for me. I’ll always remember his kindness. He was a good man.

    1. Thank you for your beautiful words Jennifer. Everything you said is who he was. I’m so happy to know he blessed your life. May God bless you.

  3. We loved Bob. As a member of our Hurricane 12th Ward, we came to love him and his sweet wife Jan. We missed him when he remarried and moved to St. George. I often saw him in the St. George Temple where I played the organ. He would come into the chapel as an officiator before taking his group upstairs and he would always greet me with a warm smile. Later, with his new wife, I would saw him as a patron many times in the temple chapel before a session and, again, he would greet me with a warm smile. My husband and I were just commenting on where Bob could be now. Now we know. He certainly lived a wonderful life, for sure. I know he is busily doing the Lord’s work in his new abode. He had a strong, unwavering testimony of Jesus Christ. Heaven gained a great man!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your memories of my Dad. He blessed so many lives. May God bless you

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