Robert Hark King, 80, of Meridian, Idaho, formerly of Ontario, Oregon, returned home peacefully to his Heavenly Father on April 27, 2018.
He was predeceased by his parents, Jack Hark and Clarice Wilson King, and son-in-law Kenneth Christensen.
Robert (Bob) was born on December 16, 1937 in Owassa, Alabama. He was raised on a small family farm with no electricity or indoor plumbing, 10 miles from town in rural southern Alabama. They grew cotton and corn, raised chickens, goats and pigs, and had a large white mule named Sadie.
Robert liked to hunt and fish. In his spare time he honed his baseball and football skills in order to fulfill his dream of playing centerfielder for the New York Yankees, or quarterback for the Crimson Tide of Alabama.
Robert graduated from Evergreen High School in 1956. Passing up a baseball scholarship to Troy University in Alabama, he chose to join the Navy with his buddy Fletcher and see the world. He served as a Radarman aboard the USS McGinty and toured the Asia Pacific.
While in the Navy, Robert met his wife Jean and they eloped with two other couples to Yuma, Arizona. They were later sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. After his Navy service Robert attended Portland State to earn an accounting degree. He worked as an accountant in Portland and then worked for the State of Oregon as a tax auditor for 30 years in Portland, Ontario and Bend.
Robert was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints , being baptized into the Church June 26, 1965, after studying with several sets of missionaries. He served as a Bishop in Ontario, along with many other callings over the years. He especially enjoyed working with the youth.
After retirement, Bob and Jean served an LDS mission to the Arkansas Little Rock Mission, working in the mission office. Following their mission service, they moved to Meridian, Idaho where he enjoyed playing golf and loved watching his grandkids play sports. He was a very proud grandpa.
Robert was a kind, honest and generous man devoted to his family and faith. He led by his quiet actions and examples.
Robert loved and will be missed by his wife Jean of 59 years, his daughters Laurie (Chad) Nielsen of Parma, Idaho, Sharie Christensen of Tooele, Utah. and son Brian (Sonja) King of Eagle, Idaho ; his grandchildren Linsey & Seth, Cameron & Amanda, Kyle, Kory, Tanner, Trevor, Karie &Tyson, Brooke, Shellie & Josh, Paige, Brooks, Janie, Betsey and 11 great grandchildren.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the EMTs, doctors and nurses of St. Luke's Meridian and Boise for their compassion and care, and all of the ward members, friends and neighbors for their love and service.
A military service and burial will take place Monday, May 7, 2018 at 10 am at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery, 10100 Horseshoe Bend Rd.
A memorial service will follow at 11:30 am, May 7, at the Meridian LDS Chapel 1450 W. Cayuse Creek Drive. It will be conducted by Bishop Jared Hansen. Friends are invited to greet the family following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution or service of time to your favorite charity .
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