Robert LeRoy “Bob” Layton of Gilbert, AZ passed away on March 15, 2019 at the age of 76. He was born on October 6, 1942 in Safford, Arizona to LeRoy “LR” and Roberta Nash Layton.
Bob married Dianne Vance in the Mesa LDS Temple on June 16, 1967. They raised their eight children in Gilbert, AZ: David (Joanna), Roy, Leanne (Kase) Rothlisberger, Amy (Sam) Goodman, Brian (Katie), Wayne (Mary Ann), Brad (Amber), and Kevin. Bob was lovingly known by his children and grandchildren as “Pop.”
As a young man, Bob served a mission in Brazil and was blessed to serve there again with his wife from 2003-2006. As a result of this service, he had a deep love for the Brazilian people. He was also a meticulous farmer of cotton, alfalfa, potatoes, and a variety of vegetables. Even more than farming, Pop loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He served in the Gilbert Greenfield Stake Presidency for 18 years. He was a dedicated disciple of Christ and served faithfully for as long as his body allowed.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his sweet sister, Joan Bethea. He is greatly missed by his loving wife, his children, his 31 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, as well as his brother, Keith (Shawna); sister, Kaye Andersen (Darl); and brother-in-law, Daryl Bethea.
A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Friday, March 22, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Gilbert Greenfield Stake Center, 2740 South Lindsay Road, Gilbert, Arizona 85295. The funeral service will be held the following morning (Saturday, March 23, 2019) at 11:00am at the same location, with a second visitation prior to the service, starting at 9:30. Bob will be interred at the City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 North Center Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201, following his services.