Robert L. Gardner

Robert L. Gardner passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2018. He was born in Cedar City, Utah on December 20, 1929 to Arthur and Ina Leigh Gardner. He married LaRue Bauer on October 13, 1948 and settled in Cedar City where they raised five children.

Robert obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from BYU and his Juris Doctorate from the U of U. He served as Iron County Attorney, City Attorney, Legal Counsel for So. Utah State College and Assistant Attorney General for the State of Utah.

He served as President of the Southern Utah Bar Association, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Valley View Medical Center, President of the South West Livestock Association, President and National Director of the Utah Jaycees, President of the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce and two terms as Iron County Commissioner.

Robert served in various ward and stake callings including Bishop and High Councilman. He served 10 years as an Ordinance Worker and Sealer in the St. George Temple.

Robert is survived by five children, Carol (Lloyd) Perkins, Mike (Diane) Gardner, Cheri (Richard) Bellows, Richard (Pat) Gardner and Angie Gardner, as well as 12 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, two brothers, one sister, one daughter-in-law and one great grandson.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Cedarview Ward (320 S 1925 W, Cedar City, Utah) at 11 a.m. A viewing was held Friday, July 13, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N 300 W, Cedar City, Utah), and July 14, 2018 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Cedarview Ward. Interment was in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at

Special thanks to his in-home caregivers and the staff at Brookdale.


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