Robert (Bob) Dard Mackelprang, loving husband and father, passed away, from complications of a traumatic head injury, on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. He was born July 1, 1947 to Dard and Elma Atkin Mackelprang. He married Ilene Miller on September 6, 1969 in Pioche, NV. Their marriage was solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple.
Bob was mostly raised in Henderson and Las Vegas, NV, but spent his summers with his dad in Hamblin Valley, a place that he always held special in his heart. He graduated from Rancho High, then went into the Navy, serving on the USS Ticonderoga aircraft carrier. After he returned from his service in the Navy, he completed 4 years of apprenticeship training at Las Vegas vocational trade tech where he received his certificate as a “Journeyman Carpenter”.
He always loved anything outdoors: hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, hiking and looking for arrowheads.
He is survived by his wife, Ilene; daughter, Rachelle (Shane) Sullivan of Kanab, UT; son, Brandon (Andrea) of Washington, UT; and nine grandchildren, Ashley (Derek) Wiggins, Zak (Janelle) Sullivan, Josi, Whitnie and Ali Sullivan, Leah, Wyatt and Angela Mackelprang; his stepfather, Keith Barnett of Caliente, NV; sister, Jean (Joe) Hileman of Las Vegas, NV; brothers, Scott (Linda) of Diamond Valley, UT, and Ray (Becky) of LaVerkin, UT. He is preceded in death by his father, Dard, mother, Elma, and stepmother LaRae; brothers, Dick and Wade; and grandson “Chaz” Sullivan.
Funeral services will be Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Leeds LDS Chapel 75 N. Main St., Leeds, UT. A viewing will be held from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel, prior to services. Interment will take place in the Santa Clara City Cemetery, Santa Clara, UT.
A special “thank you” to his family at Learning Services in Riverton, UT and to the most friendly, caring, and loving staff at the Kanab Skilled Nursing facility. We Love You All!
Arrangements are under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George, UT (435) 673-2454.