He married Velva M. Schow May 7, 1946, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their marriage was solemnized in the Provo Utah Temple February 8, 1974. They were blessed with six children.
Our Hero grew up in Escalante, Utah. He was drafted in the Army and served in World War II in the Philippines. He was discharged in December of 1945. After the war, he went to barber school. He re-enlisted in the Army in 1948 and served one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. He retired from the Army after 30 years of service in 1972. After retirement, his family settled in Orem, Utah. They lived in Orem until 1997, when they moved to La Verkin, Utah.
Rolin enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, woodworking, and tinkering. He collected antiques and brass. The family has many fond memories of the hunting and fishing trips they were able to go on. He liked to sing, tell stories and riddles.
He and his family were able to live in many interesting places and got to travel because of his position in the Army. Their favorite was the 18 months they were stationed in Panama.
Rolin was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Rolin is survived by: his loving wife of 68 years, Velva; 5 children, Lars Bruce, Rolena Gerber, RG, Kevin (Cindy) all of LaVerkin, UT, and Stanley of Logan, UT; 24 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren; and 3 great great-grandchildren; also 2 brothers and 1 sister, Norman (Artis), Larry both of Escalante, UT and Sharilee Pratt of Ferron, UT.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kerry Thane; granddaughter, Hilary Gerber; great-grandsons, Scotty Johnson and Jayden Christensen; parents; 7 brothers and 1 sister.
Funeral services will be on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the La Verkin Stake Center, 481 N. Main, La Verkin, UT. There will be a viewing from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm prior to services at the stake center. Interment will take place in the La Verkin City Cemetery.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Hurricane Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 635-2212. Friends and family are invited to sign Rolin’s guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.