Robert Steven Mays

July 16, 1960February 1, 2014

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


  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2014

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Matt Broad

May 19, 2014

I was stunned to read of Rob's passing on Linkedin. I worked with Rob for his entire career at Boise Cascade. He always stood out for his intellect, integrity, work ethic, and sense of humor. He truly was a "glass half full" person and a pleasure to work with. I know I am a better person for having known Rob. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Penny Macioszek

April 11, 2014

My heart is broken, I just learned the news through my normal method of staying in-touch with Rob through LinkedIN. Rob hired me at Boise Cascade in Orlando in 1997, until he relocated. He has been the best boss and I called him a long distance friend. I am a better person by knowing him, I will miss him. My sincere condolences to Laurie and the entire family. (Penny Macioszek-Orlando, FL)

February 26, 2014

Rob will be missed. I just read about his passing today. I am truly sorry for the void his family will feel with the loss.

Felicia Allen

February 20, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you during your time of sadness.

Tom Lauerman

February 17, 2014

My profound condolences to you and family. I worked with Rob for many years at Boise and OfficeMax in Phoenix and enjoyed having him as a boss and colleague. Depending on context, he used to call me either "Commander Data" (after the Star Trek character), as I crunched numbers for him, or "Captain Quality," during my tenure as head of the Quality Council.
Two characteristics stand out in my memory about Rob: his grace under pressure (always calm and unflappable) and his integrity. He was always clear about his values and expectations, but recognized and respected different opinions and beliefs.
When I see planes from nearby Deer Valley Airport overhead, I recall his enthusiasm for flying and flight simulation software. In the future, those planes will frequently remind me of Rob and his smile.
I know his loss will leave a void in many lives. I am happy for having known him.

February 17, 2014

Dear Laurie, Erika, Jessica and Monica. Craig and I were very saddened to hear of Rob's passing. We remember so many good times with your children and ours. Rob was an amazing youth/scout leader. He influenced for the good so many young boys, including ours. We also remember visiting you in Florida after you moved there. All in all, we have history with you dear folks and our hearts go out to you with your great loss. Rob died too young, for sure. May you be comforted by knowing that you will be with him again for eternity. What a great blessing to know that. Love, Renon and Craig Hulet

Craig McDonald

February 16, 2014

Dear Laurie
Jill and I were deeply saddened to hear of Robs passing. We are out of town and sincerely regret missing the funeral but hope to see you soon. Rob played a big role in Brandon's youth and my time as a Scout leader and in making us feel welcome in the ward. I remember fondly our "Manly Trips" with Scott and Von to the Grand Canyon, Dollhouse, Green River, Alaska. Rob was a source of humor, good conversation, leadership and the most postive life philosphy of anyone I knew. We are grateful to have known him and will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughters.

Love Craig and Jill McDonald

Mike De La Mare

February 16, 2014

You have been in my thoughts and prayers this week. I am out of town and had to send a message. I was sorry to hear about Rob. I hope you feel some comfort from those who love you and your family. It's been many years since we've had a chance to visit but i think i speak for all of your Garden Park friends in wishing you a bright future and pray you will feel of our love. We plan to visit with you soon.

Lou abd Sharon Blackham

February 16, 2014

Laurie and Family
We were sadden to hear of Rob's passing and would like to extend our sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prays are with you at this time.

Jake Brown

February 15, 2014

Rob was one of my first leaders when I moved to the Cottonwood Heights area. He gave so much of his time and energy in order to take all of us to the most amazing places Utah has to offer, many of which I now take my family to. We definitely did not let him know how much we appreciated everything he did, and everything he put up with at the time, but I would just like to say how much I appreciate it even to this day, as I am sure everyone else does.