Elbert Palmer “Bud” Corbin was born Dec. 31, 1912 to John Whitbread “J.W.” Corbin and Ila Elizabeth Palmer in Monticello at the telephone office where his parents lived and worked.
He grew up in Moab and was a popular young teenager. His parents sent him to Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah where he surpassed everyone’s expectations and graduated with honors in 1940.
He joined the Army on Nov. 19, 1942. Shortly after basic training he was chosen, along with 280 other soldiers, to take an accelerated engineering program at the University of Iowa. He used this engineering degree along with his knowledge of telephones and communication to take him far in his career.
Before joining the Army he met his first love, Arah Emily Wilson, and shortly before the end of World War II they eloped to Taos, N.M. on Sept. 1, 1945. He took his new bride to Monticello and then headed back to the Army to finish his tour of duty. Together they had four children: David Randall (Silvia), Arah Dianne Nielson (Rye), Collette Talley (Lyn), and Jeffery Wilson Corbin (Kristy).
Bud worked hard his entire life. From the time he was a young man he worked in the family telephone business. In 1965, when the family sold Midland Telephone Company, he went to work for Contel. During that time he was the state manager in Idaho and the Contract Administrator at their headquarters in Phoenix, Ariz.
He spent time in South America, where he oversaw a contract for the Peruvian government’s installation of an updated communication system. He retired in 1979 at the age of 58.
At this time in his life he turned his attention and endless energy to other areas. He played golf, collected coins and stamps, and would tackle any craft. He could teach himself how to build anything and he loved woodworking. He spent a great deal of time making wooden cars and small oil vials. Over the past couple of years he has given hundreds of his little cars and trucks to church humanitarian efforts.
In 1965, Bud was baptized and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and Arah were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on Aug. 19, 1995. Arah passed away May 18, 2000 after battling cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Bud married Barbara Ruth Shoemaker on Aug. 19, 2000. Bud and Barbara served a mission in Rapid City, S.D. in 2003. They enjoyed their time at Martin’s Cove. While serving, their love for each other and the gospel grew.
For many years, Bud had spent his winters in Arizona. He passed away at his home in Surprise, Ariz. on Saturday, May 2, 2009.
He is survived by a sister, Dorothy Corbin Clark, of Salt Lake City, his four children and four stepchildren, 40 grandchildren and 62 great-grandchildren.