September 3, 1928 ~ May 14, 2019
Neil entered this world in his parents', David Day and Maud Burningham Robins, West Kaysville pioneer home. His good health was remarkable as he didn't seek medical help until he was 87 years old, and that was at the insistence of his two daughters. However, his hard working body finally gave out in his 90th year, even though his goal was to reach age 91 along with his lifelong friends, Dan Layton and Dick Dawson.
He was schooled in Kaysville and remained a loyal Davis Dart throughout his life. He and his friends were pranksters who were not above sneaking a car ride on the old Bamberger train tracks, acquiring a few "free" watermelons, or leaping over each other while ice skating on Barton's Pond. He topped sugar beets in the field and worked at the sugar beet factory. Eventually he joined his dad as a carpenter and was proud to point out homes and businesses throughout the area he helped to build, including our family home in Fruit Heights. He used those skills to make a couple of parade floats for the Davis County Royalty in the 1950's. He also constructed and donated a 6' tall "Davis Dart" for the high school's use at sporting events.
He married Jacqueline Hatch; they were later divorced. He then married LaVonda Morrison, who preceded him in death.
A man of many interests, he went on to sell Kirby and Filter Queen Vacuum cleaners, Hoky floor sweepers, Christmas trees, road-side produce and various multi-level marketing items, starting with EMDEKO. He managed Tolman Pianos in Ogden, co-managed Gold Seal Laundry in Ogden, co-owned H&M Bowling in Bountiful, and owned Grandma's Memories Antiques for many years.
He lived in various places, but eventually came back to Kaysville to roost with his sister, Norma, who generously shared her home with him.
Neil wasn't a traditional father, but showed love for his family in many ways, often picking up an item in one of the area thrift stores he thought they might like to have. He loved searching for that elusive bargain, and sometimes found some good ones. In later years, he spent much of his time driving friends or their wives to appointments, was always a willing handyman, and especially loved visiting with old and new friends. He had a perennial smile and was just fun to talk to -- your joys were his joys, your sorrows were his sorrows. He once mentioned that he hoped when he left this world, he would leave no bad feelings behind.
He did leave behind a family that loves him and will miss him very much. It includes two daughters, Paulette Bennett and Bette Ann Hatch, as well as eight Grandchildren, 28 Great- Grandchildren, and his sister, Norma Swallow, along with many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Lola; brother, Harold; brother- in-law, Chad Swallow; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Robins; and sons-in-law, William Bennett and Mark Hatch.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on June 15, 2019, at the Kaysville City Cemetery, 500 Crestwood Rd, Kaysville, Utah. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kaysville-Fruit Heights Museum of History and Art at P.O. Box 201, Kaysville, UT 84037. He loved his old home town.