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Obituary: Robert Blaine Meakin

Robert Blaine Meakin

1920 ~ 2007

Robert Blaine Meakin, 87, passed away due to natural causes at the Alzheimer's Center of Draper, Utah on 30 September 2007. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on 14 July 1920, the son of Blaine and Emily May Meakin. Survived by a brother Harold Meakin and a sister Beverly M. Wright.

Robert attended Salt Lake City schools and the school of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah.

Aviation attracted Robert early in his life, first earning to fly fixed-wing gliders at the Point of the Mountain. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Naval Aviator 1942 to 1945. He then signed on as a pilot with Western Airlines and served during 1946 and on through 1948. Also during this time Robert started gliding again, got some others together and organized the Utah Soaring Society. He, along with friend Glen Robinson and other pilots, had great fun at the Point of the Mountain. Robert left Western Airlines to accept employment with the Douglas Aircraft Company, in California, serving from 1949 to his retirement during 1969.

He married Evelyn Mohr in 1949, she being a special duty nurse to movie stars in Hollywood. She passed away a few years later due to cancer, at the stroke of mid-night on a New Years Eve.

Robert later met and married Norma Herrick, of Anaheim, CA. They divorced after many years, but Robert said later that doing so was his life's worst mistake. Afterward he lived as a single man until his passing and said sadly that no children were to bless his life.

Robert was a super ballroom and square dancer, enjoying it much and assuring good health.

Survived by brother, Harold D. Meakin; sister, Beverly M. Wright; cousin, Virginia Porter Herdti; aunt, Grace Maurine Vance Poll; along with many nieces and nephews. Over the years dozen of them awaited his visits, saying "Oh boy, Uncle Bob is coming to town." He had a magical appeal to these many loving people. He will surely be missed by all.

Robert's journey through life is ended here on earth, but many loving relatives and friends in a special place are now celebrating his arrival there.

Funeral service for Robert will be held on Thursday October 4, 2007 at 12:00 Noon at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 South Highland Drive, where friends may attend a viewing from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

Sincere appreciation is here given to the many loving and caring folks at the Wentworth Center and those of the Hospice of Utah at Draper.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert's honor can be made to Hospice for Utah at 11639 South 700 East, Suite #100, Draper, UT 84020.