Robert Clayton Rockhill |

Robert Clayton Rockhill

Former Oak Creek resident Robert Clayton Rockhill died Feb. 25, 2004, after a battle with cancer. He was 67.

Bob was born Nov. 8, 1936, in Oak Creek to Clayton Robert and Christine Gibson Rockhill. His family moved to Idaho in 1949. They moved to Oregon in 1951, and Bob graduated high school four years later.

He promptly enlisted in the Navy and became a hospital corpsman and medical laboratory technician. He was honorably discharged in 1959.

In 1961, Bob married Norma Lee Turner in Idaho Falls.

Bob attended the College of Idaho, Boise Junior College and Utah State University, from which he graduated in 1965. After graduation, he worked for several years in the engineering and bioastronautics departments for American Car and Foundry, and Boeing.

He completed his master’s degree and doctorate in 1973 at Oregon State University. He engaged in postgraduate research and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Navy Medical Service Corps as a microbiologist.

Bob was assigned to the Navy Medical Research and Development Command in Bethesda, Md. He was head of facilities and equipment for Navy research laboratories in the U.S., Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia and South America.

He eventually was promoted to captain before retiring in 1994, when he and his wife, Norma, moved to Emmett, Idaho.

Bob was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife, Norma; his mother, Christine Rockhill; a sister, Noni Thueson and her husband, Darrell, of Salt Lake City; a son, David and his wife, Kathy, of Lindon, Utah; two daughters, Maria Asher and her husband, John, of Emmett, Idaho, and Lisa Morgan and her husband, Tim, of Eagle, Idaho; eight grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

Bob was a loving and kind husband, father and grandfather. He was compassionate and willing to go the extra mile to support his family. His fondest memories were spent with his loving wife and family. He relished the companionship through the family’s many travels in the United States and Southeast Asia. One of his most cherished moments was when David made Eagle Scout in the International Troop in Indonesia.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2676 Vista Ave., Boise, Idaho, 83705.

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