Robert Lionel Vaughan

Robert Lionel Vaughan, 88, passed away peacefully June 12, 2020 at his home in Sun River, St. George, Utah surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born in Murray, Utah, January 15, 1932 to Robert James Vaughan and Erma Elizabeth Lewis Vaughan. Robert was the only child of Robert and Erma.

Robert spent most of his younger life living and working on a farm in Lewiston, Utah. He married his high school sweetheart, Jeanine Lou Hansen of Smithfield, Utah on April 18, 1949. Robert and his beloved bride were sealed in the Logan LDS Temple on July 14, 1950 for Time and all Eternity just before Robert left for Korea with the Utah National Guard. Throughout their 71 years of marriage he always called her his “Bride”.

Robert joined the Utah National Guard in Logan, Utah and in August of 1950 his unit was activated before being deployed to Korea. He spent 13 months in combat as a Medic in Korea with the 204th Field Artillery Battalion. Upon returning to the States, he went back to school and obtained an associate degree from Weber State in Ogden, Utah. He worked as an accountant before starting a new profession in the aircraft industry. He spent four years working for Marquardt Aircraft as an Engineer while continuing his education going to night school. He was also a part-time police officer for Washington Terrace where they made their home when he returned from Korea. After moving to Logan to attend Utah State University he worked for Thiokol Chemical Corporation who built the Minuteman Missile. He spent thirteen years as a night shift engineer while continuing his education.  As a side job he was also a painting contractor and was assisted by his sons.

Robert completed his degree in Industrial Engineering at Utah State University in Logan, Utah on June 8, 1968. He and his loving bride both graduated from Utah State at the same time, Robert with a bachelor’s degree and his bride, Jeanine, with a master’s degree in Psychology. Their oldest son, Dan, graduated from Logan High School and their second son, Randall, graduated from Logan Junior High. All four were honored by the local newspaper for their achievements in education.

In 1969 they moved their family to Mesa, Arizona, where Robert and Jeanine began their careers in the field or Education with the Mesa Public Schools. Robert continued with his schooling and earned a master’s degree in Special Education from Arizona State University. Robert, with his background in engineering, was given full responsibility to develop and build a Vocational School for the Mentally Handicapped for the Mesa, Arizona Public Schools. Upon the school’s completion, he was named Principal of Parkway School and served in that position for fourteen years. Parkway School for the mentally handicapped was the first of its kind, a vocational facility for handicapped students that used power equipment. Robert was then given the opportunity to develop another Vocational Program at the new Mesa Votech High School in Mesa, Arizona. This program became very successful and drew students from surrounding school districts into his vocational program. Robert’s program at Mesa Votech was known and well respected for its excellence throughout the State of Arizona. Robert retired after twenty-five years with the Mesa Public School District.

During Robert’s tenure with Mesa Public Schools he became interested in flying. He and Jeanine purchased an airplane, and both began flying. They joined the Arizona Civil Air Patrol and flew many search and rescue missions. They also taught Aerospace Education to cadets throughout the state of Arizona. He was given credit for finding three downed aircraft. They both retired as Lt. Colonels after fifteen years’ service in the Civil Air Patrol.

Robert and his wife, Jeanine, served an LDS Church-service mission at the Family History Training Center in St. George, Utah during 2006 and 2007. They both enjoyed helping others work on their family history. Robert was often called on to be a Handy Man to repair broken equipment and anything else that needed fixing.

One of the things he enjoyed most was to buy or build homes with an eye to detail. He and Jeanine took houses and made them into lovely homes to sell for a profit. They completed fifteen homes before his health failed him.

Robert was a very dedicated Father, Husband, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and Friend to everyone that knew him. He believed in honesty and instilled that trait in his children. Robert suffered much pain and discomfort during his final years before being called home to be with his Mother, Father, and loved ones who had gone before him.

He is survived by his ever-loving Bride of 71 years, five children: Dan (Jeanie), Randall (Marla), Vicki (Jerry) Kinnaman, Steven (Maelon) and Cory (Martha); 25 grandchildren and 63 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

The family would like to acknowledge Rocky Mountain Hospice who provided hospice care for Dad and to especially recognize Whitney Vowles and Tracy Rosenhan, RN, for their loving support during Robert’s final days.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, June 20, 2020, 10:00 am at Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. Visitations will be Friday, June 19, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 pm and Saturday morning from 8:30 – 9:30 am at Spilsbury Mortuary. Interment will be at the Tonaquint City Cemetery.

To watch a webcast of the service (live up to 90 days after the service), go to Type in the event number 31385 and password RLV2020.

Friends and family are invited to sign Robert Lionel Vaughan’s online guest book at

Arrangements are under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George, UT (435) 673-2454.



6:00 to 8:00 pm

Second Visitation

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.


10:00 am


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


11:00 a.m.
Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S Dixie Dr, St. George, UT 84770

Guest Book

8 Responses

  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the peace of the gospel be with you. We love you and look forward to viewing the service on line.

  2. Randell & Marla,
    We are sorry to hear of the passing of your father. We have fond memories being with you on trips to Israel and Missouri.
    Kent Page & family

  3. We became acquainted with Brother Vaughan through the Ivins Veteran’s Home Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where we served, Don as 1st counselor in the Presidency and Dianna as the Chorister. We certainly loved him and we will miss his very much.

  4. We send our prayers for peace to be with you and our tender expressions of love and comfort with the passing of a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, mentor and exemplar.

    Robert touched the lives of so many, but especially that of his family. It is clear that his guiding hand was always placed on the shoulder of his children, even as walked hand in hand with his beloved sweetheart. To his grandchildren he was a pillar of strength. He leaves them all a legacy of love.

    Though Robert has passed through the veil of death he lives on here through the love of his family. May God bless you all as you realize that all you deeply love has become and will ever be a part of you.

  5. Sending healing thoughts to your family. Thank you for sharing your faith with us. God bless you all.
    Chaplain LeNae Peavey MAPM ACPE BS

  6. Mesa Public School friends. I have many fond memories of our time together there, and all of the visits and encouragement and friendship. Jeanine, give me a call when things settle down a bit, and I’ll come to Sun River for a visit. My love to you and your family at this time of loss and sorrow. Both you and Robert, are amazing and talented people. My phone number is 435–6 69–3820

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