April 30, 1943 ~ November 4, 2018
I have religiously checked the obituary section of the newspaper everyday to make sure I was not there, if you are reading this then I made it there. I was born to John Jr. and Isabelle (Sooky) Tafoya of Ogden Utah, on April 30, 1943. I went to Lincoln Elementary School, Mound Fort Junior High School, and Ben Lomond High School, where I excelled in many sports and held many records. I passed away of Carcinoid Cancer, and Lymphoma at the age of 75, on November 4, 2018. I know that my family and friends were by my side when I drifted off to be with family members that passed before me.
I'm survived by my wife, Bobbie Lynn Tafoya; Clearfield, Utah. We had many good times and laughs together and made it through some very tough times. Bobbie was so good to me, and spoiled the crap out of me. I loved Bobbie with all my heart and she is truly a good woman. My son, Robert Lee Tafoya; Ogden, Utah, daughters, Destry Ann Parkinson; North Ogden, Utah, Christina Eddy; Hooper, Utah; sister, June Garcia; Clinton, Utah, brother, John Anthony and Koniko Tafoya Yakima, Washington; sister, Jackie Hernandez, Ogden, Utah; Timothy Tafoya, Zurich Switzerland; 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
I was preceded in death by my mother and father, sisters; Fawn Rachel (Sissy) Terkelson, Suzane (Suzie) Shnider; brothers, John Paul, Thomas Franklin (Tommy), Patrick (Ricky) Tafoya, son-in-law, Troy Eddy, cousin-in-law, Charlee Jean Beal.
I married Karen Terkelson in 1962, we were later divorced. I then married the love of my life on June 8, 1996. I was a member of The Elks, The Eagles and the president of The Bighorn 4x4 Club.
I proudly served in the United States Army, I did a tour in Vietnam with the First Air Cavalry receiving an honorable discharge for my services. I worked at Rigo's restaurant where I met some wonderful people who had a big impact on my life; from there I went to work at Hill Air Force Base and worked for 38 years and retiring in December of 2010. I traveled the world while working for the Foreign Military sales at Hill Air Force Base, going to many countries in support of their F-16 Program. I made many friends from those countries and held their friendship dear to my heart. I will miss all of the wonderful family and friends that I have been blessed with.
I will miss the fishing and hunting with family and friends, and miss the fun of boating with the grand kids. They will never know how much I loved them, they are my heart.
His wife and family would like to thank the staff at Brighton Hospice, Tiffany and Shania, and Medstar staff, Jared and Wendy. They would also like to thank Destry, Jessica, Kristi, Travis, Brayden, Ron, Lisa, Tiffany, Nicole and Jason for their loving care of Bobby.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, November 12, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 514 24th Street, Ogden. A viewing will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Rosary beginning at 7 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd., Ogden. Military honors accorded following the service at the Ogden City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you consider donating to the Vietnam Veterans of Utah.
Cremation entrusted to Myers Ogden Mortuary.
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