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Robert Ray Crum, Jr.

01/02/1936 - 02/07/2015
Service Date: 02/14/2015
Service Time: 10 AM
Service Location: LDS Kimball Stake Center, 1266 South 32nd Street Mesa, Arizona

Robert Ray Crum Jr. passed away Saturday morning February 7th 2015 surrounded by his family.  He leaves behind his sweetheart, Barbara of nearly 54 years, six children: RuthAnn Crum, Robert Crum (Julie), Cindy Lemon (Mike), Randy Crum (Shawna), Susan Cook (Justin), Ryan Crum (Jackie), 24 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. As a youth Robert was involved in as many sports as possible. He served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Spanish-American Mission. After he returned from his mission, he served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany.  Robert married Barbara Ann Bryce in the Mesa Temple in 1961 and set about raising a happy family.  He worked as a plumbing contractor for 30 years and with his brother, established a successful business.  Robert generously gave of his time and talents in diligent church service.  He had a special way of bringing work, service and fun together in order to benefit as many people as possible.  Robert was a kind and wonderful man who loved family and God and wore out his life in the service of both.  We will miss him dearly.  Robert is preceded in death by his parents Robert Ray Crum Sr. and Ruth Annie Smithson Crum and sisters Ruth Marie Crum, Norma Crum Arnett and Edna Mortensen.  All who wish to pay their respects are invited to a visitation on Friday, February 13th from 6-8 PM at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ, and again Saturday, February 14th, 9 AM at the LDS Kimball Stake Center, 32nd Street, Mesa, Arizona. Funeral service to immediately follow at 10 A.M. Interment will follow at the Mesa City Cemetery.


  • Tara Porter Blumer

    Oh my dear Bishop Crum!! What a wonderful, kind man. Always with a smile on his face. I was lucky to have you guys as neighbors growing up. I even remember learning how to drive a stick shift going to your house with my dad.
    Love and prayers to all the family.

  • Candy Wright Burgoyne

    My love, hugs, and prayer to you all. He was the sweetest man. I sure did loved him as my Bishop and appreciated his spiritual guidance.

  • Pam Morris Crocker

    Robert Crum was a all about service, temple and had unwavering faith. I have many wonderful memories of him during my years….in 17th Ward. My prayers are with you Barbara and Ruthann and other family members. The world will not be the same with him.

  • Dear Susan, Justin and Family,
    All my prayers and love are going out to your family. The loss of a love one hurts us but their legacy is where they live on.
    I miss all of your beautiful faces.
    With love, Debbie Baker…

  • Uncle Rob will be missed. I will remember him as a strong hard working man. My family sends love and prayers to the Crum family.

  • I was a priest when Robert Crum became my bishop. He interviewed me for my mission. He helped me earn the plumbing merit badge on a trip to his shop. While camping with us boy scouts and trying to start a fire, he pulled out a plumbing torch which he called his “boy scout match” to shorten the firebuilding process. I recall his gentle manner and soft humor which always made me comfortable to be with him. He will be missed. My love and prayers are with Barbara and the family.

  • I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Having just lost my own dad, I know how heavy your heart feels right now. You are so lucky to have been raised in the church by such a dedicated man. I hope you are comforted by the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation & the Holy Spirit. I have to do the research & work to have my dad’s temple work done for him. You & your family are in my prayers. Please rest and allow yourself time to grieve & heal. May your father rest in peace. Love, Julie Davis & Family

  • Diane S Matthews

    I’ve been thinking of you all day, Barbara, and your family. It was difficult to hear of Bob passing. He was one of the good guys for sure, but especially good to me. One of the few who still treated me the same after Elmo’s passing. I so appreciated that as did my children. And you, too, for continuing to do good things for and with my family. I am out of state presently and was unable to attend the funeral–something that made me sad today. I am sure it was a wonderful service and did justice in paying homage to Bob. Surely hope to drop by for a visit when I get home. May you be blessed and comforted at this time. Losing a beloved spouse is never easy no matter when it happens, but I am grateful for the years you had together. Can’t help but think that Bob and Elmo are getting ready for a good visit now his services are over. Who knows, maybe Bob invited Elmo to come with him to listen. Much love, Diane

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