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Rawlin Spencer, 89, was born May 22, 1933, in Neola, UT. He was the fourth of nine children. He attended high school in Roosevelt Utah. After high school he attended Utah State University for a time. He served as an army cook in South Korea for 18 months during the Korean Conflict and later received an honorary medal for this service. He was very patriotic and loved putting his flag out on his front porch.
After returning home from Korea, he was off on his next adventure as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Gulf of Mexico region of the United States. While in Louisiana, he met a very beautiful girl named Bobbie Keen. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on December 20, 1957. Over the decades, they had 5 children, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, who he loved very much. They lived in Washington, Louisiana, and Utah over the years.
Rawlin had a life-long love of horses and cattle. He raised countless beef cattle and many registered quarter horses. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and horseback riding. He also enjoyed cooking fish in his special Cajun recipe and sharing it with all of his friends. He served on the Days of 47 Rodeo Committee for 30 years.
Other hobbies he adored were listening to country music, watching the Triple Crown horse races, and helping people. He had copious amounts of friends. His wide circle of friends reached far and wide into many different states. He was often a life-long friend to everyone he met whether it was in the grocery store, restaurant, or just on the street. He kept in touch with all of these friends by calling them on the phone and telling them all of his jokes. He had an endearing way of making people laugh and was a boon to all who knew him.
Rawlin was a deep, boundless well of responsibility and hard work. He was very independent and self-sufficient. He worked as a heavy equipment operator at Tooele Army Depot for 30 years. After retiring from Tooele, he worked at Avis Car Rental for 27 years. His hard work ethic was so strong, some of his last words he ever said, with several broken bones, was, “I need to be up and doing.” Someone once compared him to the Energizer Bunny.
Rawlin was a life-long active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as full-time missionary in the Gulf States Mission, First Branch President of the Denham Springs Louisiana Branch, Bishop, councilor in the Stake Presidency, served on the High Council several different times, a tenacious home teacher, and in many other callings. He loved working and serving in the temple. He also enjoyed studying his scriptures and reading books about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His entire life he was devoted to Christ and His service.
January 2, 2023 was the ending of an era and the turning of a page for Rawlin when he passed away at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, due to complications after a fall on December 19, 2022.
Rawlin is survived by his children: Gary Spencer, Lark Bachman (Brad), Darren Spencer, and Janelle Sadler (Ben); brothers: Orlo (Jenet), Sheldon (Sandra), Glenn (Maureen [deceased]), Marden, and Verlund (Kathleen) Spencer; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara “Bobbie” June Keen Spencer, and daughter, Lauren Spencer Haws; Parents, Henry Dellis Spencer and Zola Felicia Olsen; Sisters, Ruby, Maxene (Keith) Petersen and Geraldine (Howard [living]) Powell.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023 from 5-7 PM at Peel Funeral Home, 8525 West 2700 South Magna, UT and Friday Jan. 13, 2023 10-10:45 am at the Magna Utah Stake Center 3084 South 8400 West Magna Utah.
Funeral services will be held on Friday Jan. 13, 2023 11 am at the Magna Utah Stake Center 3084 South 8400 West Magna Utah. There will be a zoom link provided for those not able to attend in person.
Graveside ceremony and internment at Neola Cemetery, in Neola, Utah on Saturday, Jan 14, 2023 at 12:00 PM.
Meeting ID: 939 6573 1034
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Meeting ID: 939 6573 1034
Thursday, January 12, 2023
5:00 - 7:00pm (Mountain time)
Peel Funeral Home
Friday, January 13, 2023
10:00 - 10:45am (Mountain time)
Friday, January 13, 2023
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Saturday, January 14, 2023
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