Bob Ellison died Aug. 31, 2018 as the result of a brain tumor. Although he was a lifelong Salt Lake City man, when he married Karen Rynio, who grew up in Moab, he felt that made him an honorary Moabite as well. He made this such a convincing argument, that he was even able to persuade the library to issue him a card, of which he made frequent use.
Bob was born on July 12, 1931. Though he never lived in Moab, he was a frequent visitor, especially once he had a son and grandsons living here. He, rightly, thought Moab a beautiful place and always had his camera close at hand on any visit.
Bob was a graduate of the University of Utah, where he served as an adjunct research professor for 30 years. He helped to establish the Institute for Behavioral Research in Creativity (IBRIC) and was research director of that organization for 30 years. He was a veteran and served in the Utah Air National Guard during the Korean War.
Bob is survived by his wife of 53 years, Karen R. Ellison; his daughter-in-law and three of his children of whom he was extremely proud, in particular of what wonderful parents they each are: Cris Ellison, Brian Ellison and Nicole Parara-Ellison of Salt Lake City, and Barry Ellison of Moab; and six dearly loved grandchildren: Stuart Hayashi, Rob Cheuvront, Evan Ellison, Isaac Ellison, Bryce Ellison, and Maya Ellison. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Julie Marie Ellison.
In lieu of flowers, Bob would have wanted donations to be made to The Road Home (where he volunteered for many years), any other organization that assists the homeless, or to cancer research.
An informal celebration of life will be held Sept. 23 at The Orangerie in Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, from 11 until 1.