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Robert Green

Robert Horton Green

Wednesday, November 16th, 1927 - Friday, December 6th, 2019
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Obituary

Robert H. (Horton) Green, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2019 in Salt Lake City. His was a rich life, filled with love, adventure and service. He made his debut on November 16, 1927 at his grandparents’ ranch in Menan, ID, into the arms of his beloved parents Charles Wesley and Lola Leavitt Green. “Bobby” was an active boy, eager to finish his chores and school work so that he could ride his bike away to the exploits that awaited him, some of which were unintentionally death-defying. He was an avid outdoorsmen, who absolutely adored fishing with his Dad, brothers and cousin.

Due to his father’s health concerns, the family relocated to Phoenix Arizona the summer prior to Bob’s 14th birthday. Ever industrious, when he was only 15 during the height of WWII, Bob procured a job at Luke Airfield, where he cleaned and performed maintenance on jets by climbing into them and shimmying into spaces adults could not fit. He rode the crash cart and cleaned up following training mishaps. He accompanied fighter pilots on exhilarating test flights over The Valley of the Sun. There was never a time that he wasn’t busy in school, church, sports and with jobs. Robert enlisted in the US Navy immediately after HS graduation, at the tender age of 17, during the buildup to invade Japan near the war’s end. Again Bob was spared, and he was sent to Terminal Island CA, where he piloted his own boats and although not in combat, survived yet another faith-promoting, near death experience.

After the War, Bob enrolled in one year at BYU, followed by a mission to Western Canada, where he learned what real cold was and served with distinction and faith. Bob had a quick wit, keen mind, sparkle in his eye, and wasn’t bad looking either! Upon returning to BYU, Bob utilized those traits to earn not only his degree, but the love of his life, Irene Rowan —whom he wed in the Salt Lake Temple in 1950. Theirs was a true love affair that lasted a lifetime and beyond—well beyond Irene’s passing in 2013. His yearning to reunite with her was known by all.

Bob worked his way through University of Utah Law School, as a bellman and soda jerk at the Hotel Utah, graduating in 1956 and always acknowledged Irene’s faithful support—as she waited up for him every night. A move to the Arizona desert followed graduation, and Bob and Irene became a part of the Phoenix Community, where they valiantly served and cared for others. Robert was a founding partner in Robbins and Green Law Firm, and practiced as a successful litigator for 41 years. Bob lived the oxymoron: an honest attorney.

Robert raised his surviving children in Phoenix: Shauri, (Tom) Campbell of Missouri City TX, Shelli (Richard) of San Diego and Salt Lake City, Staci (Doug) of Laveen AZ, and Robert H. Green Jr. (Jenn) of Ahwatukee AZ. Bob made travel and family bonding a priority as he DROVE his wife, children, and widowed mother across country and to Canada on multiple family adventures, and took them to Oahu and Maui. He and Irene traveled extensively around the world, and built eternal memories doing so, especially following his retirement in 1993.

They adored Maui and spent many fond moments walking the beach hand-in-hand. They marveled at the red rocks in Sedona and cherished their trips there. Their boat, “Bluebird of Happiness” was moored at Wahweap at Lake Powell, and their adventures there with each other and loved ones were legendary.
Following a trip to London, and the Imperial War Museum archives, Bob’s brilliant mind focused on the gold that had been smuggled out of Singapore prior to the Japanese invasion at the beginning of WWII. What resulted was the fictional novel “Shadows of Gold”, that Robert penned, and loved to share with family and friends alike. During the last 3.5 years of his life, while a resident at Parklane Independent Senior Apartments, Bob shared his story and books with many of his neighbors and dear friends.

Robert was a true gentleman of deep conviction and integrity. He was kind to all, and generous to a fault. His life leaves a legacy of faith and devotion that will be honored and remembered by his surviving family.
Beloved Brothers: Ronald Green (Bebe) of Palm Desert CA, Boyd Green (Sue) of Sequim WA, and Wesley Green (Susan) of McMinnville OR, and brother-in-law Jerry Romney. Beloved deceased sisters: Zara Faye Herbert (Cal), and Lucille Romney.

He is also survived by 25 marvelous great-grandchildren, a fact that thrilled him to no end. Robert was one-of-a-kind in this troubled world. We are grateful to have the light of his life to use as our beacon. In addition, Robert is survived by his devoted grandchildren, Justin Burnett (Heather), TJ Campbell (Danielle), Kierstin Stockton, (Andrew), Robert Campbell (Kristen), Matthew Campbell (Aracely), Marshal Van Moorlehem (Jessica), Michael Campbell, Rowan Jones (Rachel), Heather Campbell, Megan Hadlock (David), Trenton Jones (Maggie), Ivy Green, and thirteen great-grandchildren.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 30th, 2019 | 10:30am - 11:00am
    When
    Monday, December 30th, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
    Location
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    Address
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Service

    Monday, December 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, December 30th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    Address
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Interment

    Monday, December 30th, 2019 | 12:30pm
    When
    Monday, December 30th, 2019 12:30pm
    Location
    Provo City Cemetery
    Address
    610 S State Street
    Provo, Utah 84606
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Gary Donahoe

Posted at 06:53pm
To The Green Family,

I was deeply saddened to learn of Bob’s death. It was my honor to have practiced law with Bob for the ten years that I was with Robbins & Green. Bob was one of my mentors when I joined the firm. He taught me to practice law not only ethically, but also in a kind and dignified manner.

One of my memorable experiences at the firm was when Bob asked me to assist him in the trial of United States v. Navapache Electric Company. Navapache was accused of starting a forest fire in northern Arizona. The government was suing to recover the costs of the fire fighting and reforestation. Bob knew exactly the case he wanted to present on behalf of the utility. He told me that his practice was to write his closing argument before the start of the trial and then elicit the facts needed to support the argument. The government contended that a limb from a pine tree in the company’s right-of-way fell on the lines, which then sparked the fire when the lines hit the ground. The government’s position was that Navapache was negligent in not trimming the tree. It was Bob’s theory that the fire likely was caused by a lightening strike. During the trial, I learned that Bob was pretty sly in that he had an ace in the hole that the government’s attorney did not know about. Bob had studied the photos taken of the area after the fire and saw something that no one else had seen or, if they had seen it, did not appreciate the significance of what they were looking at – that the rubber insulation on Navapache’s electrical wires that were on the ground had not burned. If the wires had fallen to the ground before the fire started, the insulation would have burned. That meant that the wires had not sparked the fire, but had fallen to the ground after the fire had died out, probably knocked down during the firefighting efforts. When he made his closing argument pointing out the unburned insulation, I could see the surprise on the government’s attorney’s face. Bob asked me to take notes during the trial. When the judge ruled in Navapache’s favor, the government appealed. Bob asked me to write the appellate brief. Because Bob had made such a great trial record with the facts necessary to support the verdict, my job of writing the brief was pretty easy. Bob then asked me to argue the appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the United States in Los Angeles. Pretty exciting stuff for a new lawyer so I appreciated the opportunities Bob gave me. Plus, I got to learn how to be a trial attorney from a master. Bob was a true gentleman.

In preparation of that case, Bob and I drove to Navapache’s headquarters in northern Arizona for a meeting to discuss the case. During our car ride, Bob talked proudly of his family. Also, Bob showed a keen interest in my family and my wellbeing. I believe that Bob wanted to make sure that I was not spending too much time at the office at the expense of my family and that I was happy at the firm. It was obvious that Bob’s family was his top priority.

Watching Bob as a lawyer and his teachings made me a better lawyer and a better judge. You were graced to have had Bob as the patriarch of your family. I wish to express my sincerest condolences for your loss.

With best regards,

Gary Donahoe
Judge of the Arizona Superior Court (ret.)
Scottsdale, Arizona

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