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Robert Allen Reed

Robert Allen Reed, 67, of Central, AZ, entered into eternal rest on September 3, 2017, at his residence with family and friends by his side. Robert was born in Morenci, AZ, on July 14, 1950, to Alla Pearl and Robert Reed. He graduated from Morenci High School and went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Brigham Young University. Robert spent his career working in the copper mining industry with Phelps Dodge Mining and Freeport-McMoRan. He held many positions within the company including Smelter Engineer, Operations General Manager, MCE Manager and Central Maintenance Manager for the Americas. During that time, he lived and worked in Morenci, Playas, NM, Silver City, NM and Safford, AZ. Robert believed in serving his community. He served in several organizations, including Greenlee County Search and Rescue, Animas School Board, Columbus Electric Co-op, Graham County Electric Co-op and Transco Electric Cooperative. Robert was an active member of the L.D.S. Church and had served in several leadership positions during his life. Robert loved hunting, fishing and generally being outdoors. In retirement, he loved spending time at the cabin in Alpine and at Big Lake. He traveled professionally and for pleasure to various locations around the world including Chile, Peru, Japan, Poland, Finland, Germany, Russia, Mexico and Canada. Robert was a big man with a big heart. He was loved and respected by many. He loved his friends and family beyond measure and will be dearly missed. Robert is survived by: his wife, Lynne; children, Alyson (Mark) Nielson, Christopher Reed, Derek (Lisa) Reed, Cami (Shane) Davis, Sean (Samantha) Smith and Kristen (Grant) Fullerton; twelve grandchildren; sister, Sharon (Howard) Gray; and brother, Richard (Jana) Reed; stepmother, Doris Reed; step-siblings, Joe (Sheryl) Goodman, Don (Donna) Goodman, Lynda (Marion) Call and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Robert will be conducted Saturday morning, September 9, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., at the Temple View Central L.D.S. Chapel by Bishop Brandon Welker of the Central Second Ward. Concluding services will follow in the Thatcher Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening, September 8, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the Vining Funeral Home and Saturday morning, September 9, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., in the Temple View Central L.D.S. Chapel Relief Society Room. Robert's family has established a tribute fund at Mayo Clinic to support the Kidney Transplant Program. Donations may be made by mail to: Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 13400 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, or online at: https://philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/donateMC. Please designate the Robert Reed Memorial Fund when making your donation.

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We are sorry to learn of Roberts passing, sadly as the Frost sisters and brothers passed themselves we have lost touch with one another. Sending prayers and love on behalf of Marjorie Frost Sandquist and all of our family.

Julie Hatch Nov 19 2019 12:00 AM

We are sorry to learn of Roberts passing, sadly as the Frost sisters and brothers passed themselves we have lost touch with one another. Sending prayers and love on behalf of Marjorie Frost Sandquist and all of our family.

Julie Hatch Nov 19 2019 12:00 AM

I remember the first time I met Robert during an interview at UofA in 1990. He was an intimidating giant of a man. Thankfully he hired me for my first job in the engineering world in beautiful Playas New Mexico. It wasn't long before he became a great mentor where he ran a hard-working engineering department at Hidalgo Smelter. Robert took in this Midwest hillbilly and made me feel at home in the desert. He was not only a wonderful boss, but he connected with his Playas family and took personal interest in everyone he was around. We spent many hours in meetings, conferences, golf tournaments and dinners. He will be deeply missed. Condolences to all his family. Leslie Donelson and family

Leslie Donelson Sep 9 2017 12:00 AM

I remember the first time I met Robert during an interview at UofA in 1990. He was an intimidating giant of a man. Thankfully he hired me for my first job in the engineering world in beautiful Playas New Mexico. It wasn't long before he became a great mentor where he ran a hard-working engineering department at Hidalgo Smelter. Robert took in this Midwest hillbilly and made me feel at home in the desert. He was not only a wonderful boss, but he connected with his Playas family and took personal interest in everyone he was around. We spent many hours in meetings, conferences, golf tournaments and dinners. He will be deeply missed. Condolences to all his family. Leslie Donelson and family

Leslie Donelson Sep 9 2017 12:00 AM

I always remember our dear Playas friends. He was one of the tallest and outstanding men in our little community!

Carren Nicklas Sep 8 2017 12:00 AM

Our condolences Lynne and family. Robert was my mentor. Peace be with you my friend. :rose:

Bob Rivera Sep 8 2017 12:00 AM

I always remember our dear Playas friends. He was one of the tallest and outstanding men in our little community!

Carren Nicklas Sep 8 2017 12:00 AM

Our condolences Lynne and family. Robert was my mentor. Peace be with you my friend. :rose:

Bob Rivera Sep 8 2017 12:00 AM

Robert was such a wonderful father, husband, friend and community member. He was a gentle giant who touched so many lives for good. He will be deeply missed. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Love, Karen and Thor

Karen Anderson Sep 8 2017 12:00 AM

Robert was such a wonderful father, husband, friend and community member. He was a gentle giant who touched so many lives for good. He will be deeply missed. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Love, Karen and Thor

Karen Anderson Sep 8 2017 12:00 AM

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