Robert Gary Meacham
May 17, 1936 – November 1, 2019
Robert G. Meacham, born May 17th, 1936 in Glenwood, Sevier Co., Utah to Terrance Grant and Utahna Anderson Meacham, passed away November 1, 2019 in Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., Colorado. He married Lorene Mason on December 11, 1953 in the LDS temple in Manti, Sanpete CO., Utah. Robert is survived by his wife Lorene; his three daughters, Debra Harrington, Terri Ungerman (Lindon Ungerman), and Shani Brewster (Wayne Brewster); his sister Sherril Hafen ; four grandsons and four great grandchildren.
Robert served in the US Air Force from 1953 to 1956. After leaving the Air Force he went to communications engineering school in Chicago. In 1957 he was hired by RCA to calibrate test equipment for the last atomic above ground tests in Nevada. After the atomic tests concluded, he worked on RCA military contracts and developed expertise in secure communications and worked on these systems for the White House, Pentagon, and CIA. In 1965 he transferred to France to work on communication systems between the US Military European Command and Washington. In 1966 the US Military European Command communication operations were transferred to Germany where Robert worked for another three years. While in Germany, Robert was sent back to Paris to set up and maintain secure communications for the Vietnam Paris Peace talks.
In 1969, Robert transferred to Ent Air Force Base in Colorado Springs to support NORAD communications with Washington. While working at Ent, Robert was flown to Johnston Island to perform emergency repair of communications in preparation for the splashdown of Apollo 13. He was helicoptered out to the rescue ship to witness the capsule splash down. After working at Ent, Robert went to Greenland to work on the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line. Robert then went to Washington to work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on Skylab communications. Robert received accommodation from the US Defense Secretary William S. Cohen for his work for the US government. He was also recognized by the National Association of Atomic Veterans. During his retirement years, Robert and Lorene enjoyed scuba diving at locations around the world and became master divers.
He will be sorely missed by his family and friends