Obituary for \r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Robert James Dove\n\n\r\n\t\t\t\tRobert was born in Somerset, Colorado, the first son of David McKinley Dove and Eva Muhlestein Dove. His parents had tried unsuccessfully for almost four years to have a child and were ready to adopt a baby, when his mother learned she was going to be a mother. He weighed over 12 pounds at birth! The doctor handed him to aunt Fona…who, surprised and bewildered said, “What shall do with him?” The doctor replied, “Throw him out the window into a snow bank, if you want. With those shoulders, he will survive anywhere!”\nAnd survive and thrive he did! He has touched the lives of so many!\n\nHe learned the power of prayer from his mother. One day, she was scurrying about with a worried look and asked Robert to help her look for his brother, Kenneth. Kenneth was just a toddler of about two. They look everywhere, but to no avail. They searched all the out-buildings and the small orchard, without success. Many times they walked along the edge where the land dropped off to the river; and they looked down along the river bank. Nothing. Finally, his mother said they should return to the house; there they knelt in prayer by Kenneth’s bedside. She pleaded with the Lord to help them find his little brother alive and well. They knelt for some time as she poured out her heart to the Lord. Before they arose, they heard a muffled moan from under the bed…and there, safe and sound…was her little son…sleepy, but perfectly well and healthy. Robert said that was probably the genesis of his testimony of the power of faith and prayer!\n\nWhen he was 8 years old, a friend and neighbor asked what he was doing during the summer. He said, “Working and having fun”. The neighbor gave him a .22 rifle to use and bring back in the fall, saying, “Have fun.” Little did either of them know just how much that gesture would change his life! He did a lot of hunting that summer and his parents provided him with .22 cartridges which were 9 cents a box. Even that amount of money was a struggle for them. His father arranged for him to hunt with a few seasoned hunters and Robert learned much! When he was just 16, he went to work for a logging company. After a couple of weeks, the owner of the logging company said, “I can’t afford to feed you all, so we are going to take a day and go hunting.” Most all the men came back empty handed, but Robert came back with two 4 points. After that meat was used up, the owner said it was again time for everyone to go out hunting. Everyone came back without success, except Robert and he was then given the job of hunting for food for the rest of the logging season. He loved hunting all of his life and he loved the men he hunted with! They all respected his instincts and abilities! Indeed, he was a leader!\n\nHe met the love of his life while sitting with a friend by the company store in Somerset, Colorado. He was watching people walking to the swimming hole and noticed Dorothy walking (in her swimming suite) with her friend. He asked his friend who ‘that girl’ was and said, “I am going to marry her!” They started dating, but the Dove Family moved to Provo, Utah, leaving Dorothy there in Colorado. The romance continued by mail and the plan was to get married at Christmas-time in 1947. Then, he wrote again, saying, “Let’s get married now! I can’t live without you!” He married Dorothy Mae Audin the 17th of October, 1947. They were later sealed in the Manti Temple on the 6th of December, 1962. His parents were sealed that same day in the Manti Temple.\nOne job he had in Utah was driving a dump truck at Geneva Steel. When he applied, he was asked if he knew how to drive a dump truck and he said, “Yes”. One day, he backed the dump truck up on a hill to unload. Something happened and the dump truck stood upright on it’s tailgate in the air. His boss came over and said, “You’ve never driven a dump truck, have you?” Robert replied, “No, but I needed the job!” The boss let him keep the job. He later went to work at the State Mental Hospital. One day, a patient stabbed him in the knee! After knee surgery, the doctor advised him to find a different kind of work! So, he went to work in a menial job at First Security Bank in Provo in 1956. He shined at everything he was given to do and eventually was made the manager of the Orem branch of First Security. He attended and graduated from the Pacific Coast Graduate School of Banking. Again, he ability to work with people and help the community (he was on the Orem City Counsel) rose him to the position of Vice President of Operations and Personnel for the state of Utah.\nDuring all these years of respectability, Robert found time for another love car racing! His uncle Herrick was a genius at working on cars and taught Bob how to make his cars fast and furious! He enjoyed racing cars with his brothers and was well known for having the fastest car in Utah Valley! He had a room full of trophies.\nRobert served in many positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He listed his positions as magazine representative, Sunday School teacher, Stake Sunday School President, Elders Quorum President, member of High Counsel BYU Stake, Bishop BYU Ward, assistant to 3 Ward High Priest leaders, member High Counsel Orem North Stake. Robert has a strong testimony and expressed it often. He knows the gospel well and loves the songs, “How Great Thou Art” and “There is a Green Hill Far Away”. During the last few months of his life, he frequently sang, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. This song is now extremely precious to his family!\n\nRobert is survived by brothers; Deon (Nancy) Dove and Marvin (Vicki) Tell Dove . Robert and Dorothy have one daughter, Denice (John) Collins and they have 5 grandchildren; Michael Robert Collins, George Robert Collins, Seth Robert Collins (deceased), Christian Robert Collins (all the boys have Robert’s name as their middle name) and Erin Eva (Robert) Swenson ; 3 great grandchildren; Zayden Aziz Collins, Ryder Robert Swenson and Ronan John Swenson.