Robert Herman Crabtree died peacefully at his home in Provo, Utah late in the evening on Christmas Day 2010. He is survived by Louise, his spouse of 57 years, 6 children (Diane, Joseph, Steve, Brent, Chris and Michael), 24 grand-children and 5 great-grandchildren, who reside in Utah, California, Kansas, Idaho, Washington and New York. He was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and was the youngest of 4 sons born to Glen and Addie Crabtree, and is survived by his older brother, Larry. He was a man of great faith, and served tirelessly in many positions through his years in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including High Priest Group Leader, Bishop, Mission Doctor and serving in Mission Presidencies. He was an excellent and widely respected physician, graduating from George Washington University in 1954. He specialized in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, practicing initially in Los Angeles, then Paradise, California from 1964 to 2005. He served on hospital boards, presided over medical societies and volunteered for community service positions. He had a passion for learning, travel, fine arts and fine music, sharing with his children and friends many amazing adventures. He was an avid golfer, fly fisherman and loved to play games. He deeply enjoyed the beauty of nature, particularly at his family cabin in Idaho. Most of all, he loved his family, listened to them, encouraged and nurtured them regularly with visits and calls. He was beloved by his patients, friends, and family for his infectious optimism and playful humor, which will be sorely missed.
A viewing will be held at 9am Thursday December 30th at the LDS Church at 650 Stadium Avenue in Provo, Utah. Services will be held thereafter at 11am.