Robert Steven Mays, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, left this earthly life far too soon on Saturday, February 1, 2014. He leaves behind many who dearly love him and mourn his untimely passing. He was born July 16, 1960 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Darlene Marie Ford Mays and Daniel Straup Mays. Rob married the love of his life, Laurie Michele Bridges, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple March 12, 1981. They were blessed with three beautiful daughters, Erika Lynn Cardon (Kirk Marcus), Jessica Marie Wilcox (Andrew James), and Monica Michele Williams (Jonathan Frank). He would lovingly call them his "ica girls."
Rob's career took his family from Salt Lake City, Utah to Windermere, Florida; Mesa, Arizona; back to Salt Lake City, Utah and then to Benton, Louisiana. He was determined to learn from every new opportunity, as well as let his life be an example of what his beliefs were. He had no hesitation in sharing his beliefs about God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Rob served in many positions in the LDS Church. He worked with the Scouts and youth, as well as numerous leadership positions. His final assignment was the Ward Employment Specialist. He was deeply vested in helping others find a way out of unemployment and he found great joy and purpose in doing so.
Rob was full of life and love. He loved the mountains, camping, Southern Utah, the outdoors, and traveling, especially cruises in the Caribbean. He loved airplanes and flying. One of his greatest joys in his last years was playing with his grandchildren.
Rob was preceded in death by his mother, Darlene Marie Ford Mays, his father, Daniel Straup Mays, and his father-in-law Marcell Eugene Bridges. He is survived by his wife of 33 years Laurie Michele Bridges Mays; his three daughters and their husbands; his 7 grandchildren; his brother Kenneth Mays (Marie); sister Merlyn Mays Greenwood (Lee); 6 sisters-in-law and 5 brothers-in-law, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
He will forever be remembered for his wit and humor and was always ready to engage in a lively discussion. He would often joke with Laurie and say, "Don't ever let it be said I didn't do the least I could do." Even though our hearts are broken, we are strengthened by our Heavenly Father with the knowledge that through temple covenants we will be together again. ILYMA! 5+
Funeral services will be Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12pm at the Cottonwood Heights Stake Center (6890 E. Whitmore Way). There will be a viewing Friday, February 14, 2014 from 5-7pm at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary (3401 S. Highland Dr.) as well as one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Online condolences may be left at www.wasatchlawn.com