In Memory . . .
Byron Antone (Tony) Robinson
PARAGONAH - Byron Antone (Tony) Robinson passed away September 2, 2006 from injuries sustained in an auto accident. Born October 1, 1938 in Cedar City, Utah to Byron Albert & Mabel Robb Robinson.
Tony lived in Paragonah for 14 years and then moved to Salt Lake with his mother and two brothers and two sisters. Tony graduated from West High School in 1956. While living in Salt Lake his family attended 20th Ward where Tony met Connie Brey and it was love at first sight for Tony, and he told all "She will be my wife." Tony and Connie were blessed with 4 children Rick, Todd, Chad, & Toni D'On. They were married June 1st 1956, later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
Tony lived the golden rule, loved his neighbors and served his fellow man. Tony could do anything from taking out stitches, making jewelry, to building a home from the foundation to intricate woodwork. Some of his jobs were SLC Fire Department and Special Inspector for the State of Utah where he was instrumental in passing safer laws for mobile home construction. He also worked at Brian Head as the Building Official, was as an expert journeyman electrician and general contractor.
Tony has 47 years of scouting experience receiving the Silver Beaver Scouting Award in 2005.
You could find all of the Robinsons and friends each hunting season at Connie and Tony's eating Earl's Famous Enchiladas. Fishing was also a big love while he continually taught children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews the right way to fish and survive in the wilderness.
His church callings included Scout Master, Councilor in the Bishopric, Young Mens President, Elders Quorum President, Sunday School Teacher, Teacher in the Primary, and a Home Teacher for 49 years. Tony and Connie taught the young marrieds in the 28th Ward.
Tony held many Town positions including Mayor, First Fire Chief of Paragonah, Town Councilman, Chairman of the Paragonah Power Board. Connie has been Paragonah's Mayor for 12 years and Tony was her right hand man and loved helping his beloved wife.
Tony is survived by wife Constance, sons; Rick (Sondra), Chad (Debbie), and daughter Tony D'On (Buddy)Halstead, 15 grandchildren, 2 daughter in-laws Lori Robinson, Marijane Robinson, brother Garth (Pete), sisters Jayne, & Audrey. Preceded in death by his son Todd, brother Milton, and granddaughter Jessica.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 6th , 1:00 pm in Paragonah LDS Chapel where friends may call Tuesday from 7:00-9:00 pm and Wednesday from 11:00-12:45 pm. Burial in the Paragonah Cemetery.
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Article Last Updated: 09/03/2006 01:27:17 AM MDT
One killed when truck rolls
The Salt Lake Tribune
CEDAR CITY - A Paragonah man was killed Saturday after the truck he was in rolled when the driver tried to avoid a head-on collision on State Route 130 about 15 miles north of Cedar City.
Byron Robinson, 67, was a passenger in a southbound 1998 GMC pickup truck driven by his 15-year-old grandson, Clayton Robinson, according to Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Cole Douglas.
About 10:45 a.m., the teen rounded a curve to find a northbound Hyundai Accent in his lane trying to pass a semi truck, he said. He swerved to avoid a collision with the Hyundai, driven by Tynette Iverson, 18, and rolled the truck once.
Robinson was taken to Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City where he was pronounced dead. No one else was injured.
- Mark Havnes
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Article Last Updated: 9/04/2006 12:50 AM
Paragonah mourns the death of Robinson, who helped many
Car crash: Antone was teaching a teen how to drive on State Route 130
The Salt Lake Tribune
The southern Utah town of Paragonah is mourning the loss of a prominent citizen.
Byron Antone Robinson, 67, was killed Saturday in a car crash on State Route 130, about 15 miles north of Cedar City.
"He was a person who loved life," his aunt, Anna Field, said on Sunday. "He was a person who was willing to help almost anyone who needed help."
Antone Robinson, as everyone knew him, was a retired building inspector who lived his life in Paragonah, a farming community of about 550 people 25 miles northeast of Cedar City. Robinson's wife, Connie, has been Paragonah's mayor since 1996.
"Everybody's in shock and just can't believe it happened," said Richard Little, bishop of the Paragonah Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"Antone's name came up a number of times at church," Field said. "His name was mentioned by a number of people about what a good person he was to help, and how much he will be missed."
According to the Utah Highway Patrol, Robinson was riding in a 1998 GMC pickup Saturday, giving a driving lesson to his 15-year-old grandson, Clayton Robinson. The teen was driving south, rounding a curve when he saw a northbound Hyundai Accent in his lane, passing a tractor-trailer. The teen swerved to miss the Hyundai and rolled the pickup once.
Robinson was pronounced dead at Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City. Clayton Robinson and the driver of the Hyundai, Tynette Iverson, 18, were not injured.
Services are set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Paragonah Ward. Viewings are from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
- Sean P. Means