James Manwill Robertson
1944 - 2011
James “Jim” Manwill Robertson, a former Payson Unified School District administrator, died June 18, 2011 after a valiant fight with brain cancer. He was born Oct. 10, 1944 to LeMont Robertson and Florence Manwill in Craig, Colo. He spent his childhood in Colorado and Montana working on his father’s farm. His family settled in Springville, Utah where he graduated from high school.
After entering Brigham Young University, he was called to the West Spanish American Mission where he taught the gospel in Spanish in Arizona, Nevada and Southern California.
At BYU, he met Darlyne Smithhart. After a short courtship, they were married Nov. 25, 1967 and sealed in the St. George, Utah Temple. They soon welcomed six sons into their family. He was ever present in all his sons’ activities and never shy about sharing with others their successes. He was a devoted, loving, caring and supportive father, who was never too old to get on the floor and play with his children and grandchildren. He believed that his greatest accomplishment was raising wonderful children and being able to spend time with even more wonderful grandchildren.
Mr. Robertson graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s of art degree in Spanish, after which he served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years as a pilot, earning the rank of captain. He flew more than 150 missions and was twice awarded the Air Force Cross for his heroic efforts. After his service, he was a property manager for Del Webb Corporation in Arizona. He then managed and owned a sign company and real estate offices.
Mr. Robertson was an educator at heart and was elected school board president for Flowing Wells School District in Tucson. This renewed love of education inspired him to enter the University of Arizona where he earned his master’s degree in education and began his second career. He taught Spanish at Pueblo High School, Pima Community College and the University of Arizona before combining education with his managerial experience as assistant superintendent of the Payson Unified School District.
He returned to the classroom at Brockbank Junior High in Magna, Utah, where he also served as assistant principal. He was teaching Spanish at Riverton High School, Utah when he was diagnosed with cancer.
Mr. Robertson also loved to teach in his church and was very active in many leadership capacities.
Preceding Jim in returning to their Heavenly Father were his parents; his siblings, Kathy and Nicholas Robertson; and granddaughter, Alyssa. He is survived by his wife, Darlyne; siblings, Lynne Greene and John Marlin Robertson; sons, James (Debbie), Morgan (Lana), Beau (Donna), Brock (Kelly), Tyler, and Collin (Tonya) Robertson; and 14 grandchildren. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 25 at Lake Mountain Chapel, 88 Harbor Park Way, Saratoga Springs, Utah, following which he will be interred at the Camp Williams Veterans Cemetery. There will be a viewing at the chapel preceding the funeral from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Well wishes may be sent to Darlyne Robertson at 3673 Sunrise Dr., Saratoga Springs UT 84045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.