Robert Ferrel Spencer completed his earthly sojourn on February 9, 2022, leaving a legacy of a faithful life well lived. He was born in Cedar City, Utah, on June 23, 1946, the second child of Ferrel Guernsey Spencer and Alta Woodard.\nRobert was raised in Glendale, Utah, in a loving home with four sisters and three brothers whom he cherished and tried to encourage throughout his life. His parents taught him to love well and work hard, and he enjoyed success in the classroom, on the basketball court, and on the track field. He was drawn to gospel study early, and served as his high school’s seminary president. His affection for his abundant extended family, high school classmates, coaches, and mentors in the Long Valley area remained strong throughout his life.\nRobert attended the University of Utah as a freshman. Ever resourceful, he supported himself by working nights as a caretaker for elderly residents in the old Belvedere Hotel and sweeping the floors at Sears in the early morning hours. While he must have been exhausted, his bright intellect and hard work helped him achieve academic success. He left school intending to serve a mission but instead was drafted to serve in Vietnam, making stops at Fort Polk Louisiana and the Oakland Army Base along the way. He was always grateful that his academic prowess and typing skills earned him the position of company clerk, which kept him back from the front lines when he arrived in the war zone. He was also set apart as an LDS missionary during his time in Vietnam.\nUpon returning home, Robert was called to serve another LDS mission to Chile. He then attended Southern Utah State College (now SUU) where he met his beautiful, devoted wife, KristyLynn Jensen, and served as the LDSSA president. Again he worked hard, this time chopping timber and managing a summer mountain lodge, to support his academic endeavors and his young family. Upon graduation, he moved his family to the Phoenix, AZ, area to complete a masters degree at the American Graduate School of International Management (now Thunderbird School of Global Management). After graduating, Robert had a successful business and entrepreneurial career and eventually became the CEO of Fjellstead, Barrett and Short, the largest property management company in the Phoenix area at the time. He continued to serve his country and community during these years by hosting civic education courses and serving in positions of responsibility in state and local political campaigns. Eventually, he returned with his family to Cedar City where he lived the last 28 years of his life. Robert was an avid BYU fan and an enthusiastic sports fan in general. He loved to write poetry for the enjoyment of family and friends. He also loved to study scripture and history. Spending time with his children and grandchildren brought him great joy.\nRobert served faithfully in his LDS church responsibilities as a counselor in three bishoprics, high counselor in two stakes, and a dedicated home teacher as long as his health would allow. He was known for offering a helping hand and personal resources to help anyone he found in need.\nFor over three decades, Robert fought bravely to live a full life amidst his severe challenges with Parkinson’s Disease. His received great support and encouragement from his friends at Rock Steady Boxing and the Southwest Parkinson’s Support Group. His unshakeable faith never wavered even in the midst of overwhelming pain and physical challenges. This suffering, he said, brought him closer to his Savior than he could have come by any other means. He kept his unflappable sense of humor and contagious laugh through good times and bad. He used his abundant gifts and abilities to raise a large family, achieve academic and business success, serve his God and country, and bless the lives of all those who knew him. He was a friend to everyone he met and one of those rare souls who always finds satisfaction in the good fortune and well being of others. Throughout his life, people around him quickly sensed his loving nature and willingness to serve anyone in need. He was a true follower of Jesus Christ.\nHe is survived by his loving wife, Kristy Lynn Jensen; children Amber Madsen (Michael), Allison Renshaw (Michael), Reagan, Adrienne, Bethany Fotu Male (Wilson), Hillary, Gabrielle Gonzalez (Eddy), and Jens; and 19 grandchildren; siblings Myrna Cox, Penni Carter, Joann Lamb, Tina, Daniel and Thomas; and father-in-law Elwood Jensen.\nHe was preceded in death by his parents, Ferrell Guernsey Spencer and Alta Woodard; brother, Richard; and mother-in-law, AllaMae Jensen.\nFuneral Services: Saturday, February 19 11:00am, 95 N. 2125 W. Cedar City, Utah. Viewings: Friday, February 18, 6:00-8:00pm, Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 N. 300 W. Cedar City, Utah. Saturday February 19, 10:00. 95 N. 2125 W. Cedar City, Utah. Internment will be at the Glendale, UT Cemetery, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.