Robin Thomas Donoghue, 59, of Castle Valley passed away on May 11 in Salt Lake City, losing his courageous 12-year battle with cancer.
Robin was born on March 20, 1951 in Collbran, Colo., to John and Blanche Donoghue. The family moved to Moab in September 1954. Robin attended Grand County schools and graduated from GCHS in 1969. He spent four years in the Navy and did a tour of duty in Vietnam aboard the USS Enterprise. After being discharged, he moved back to his beloved Canyon Country and eventually built his home in Castle Valley.
He worked for the Utah State Forestry Department as a firefighter and was instrumental in helping organize the Castle Valley Volunteer Fire Department. Robin had a deep love for the river and spent years as a guide for Sidewinder River Expeditions on the Green and Colorado Rivers. In the late 1970s, he was a partner in Red Rock River Runners. In the 1980s, he moved to Salt Lake City and worked at Solitude Ski Resort, where he met Kim Willerth. The two were married March 30, 1984 and had two sons, Sean and Mackenzie and later divorced. He worked for Western and Delta Airlines. Retiring from Delta, Robin moved back to Castle Valley and worked at Red Cliffs Lodge, becoming close friends with Colin Fryer, the wranglers and employees. This fostered his new love for all things cowboy.
Robin was very close to Sean and Mackenzie, supporting them in their baseball, football, lacrosse and skiing pursuits. They enjoyed many memorable fishing and camping trips.
Robin is survived by his sons, Sean (Salt Lake City) and Mackenzie (Park City) as well as their mom, Kim Yelderman and her husband Kyle Yelderman. He is also survived by his brother, Russ Donoghue and wife Mary (Salt Lake City); nephew, Chad Donoghue and Debby (Taylorsville); and niece, Corina Johnson and Jerry (West Valley City).
A celebration of Robin’s life will be held at Red Cliffs Lodge on Saturday, Aug. 21. Call 259-8079 for information and to RSVP.