Ben Morris Robb, born December 10, 1935, in Grand Junction, CO was raised on a farm in Bedrock, CO. He passed away on October 13, 2023. Before he was married, he was a cowboy; he worked for a cattle rancher, doing what doing cowboys do. He married his high school sweetheart, Jean Ecton, on May 26, 1956. He worked as a ditch rider for Paradox Creek while helping on the family farm. He remembered using horses and a seed planter with wooden teeth, and how excited he was to get the metal teeth upgrade; he was even happier when they got a Farmall tractor for the first time in the 1940s. After his father passed away in 1958, he and his sister, Carol Sue (Robb) Latham, inherited the farm. He was the manager of the Nucla branch of the Arrow Gas Propane Company. In 1973, he decided to leave Arrow and start a dairy farm. He built it on his father’s land where they raised their four children in the same house that his father built and he grew up in. In 1987, he sold the dairy, and he and Jean moved to Tucson, AZ, in 1988. He moved to Picture Rocks, AZ, in 2002, and worked for the Blue Flame Propane Company until he retired in 2003.
Morris’s favorite pastimes included fishing, shooting, watching Classic Westerns and sports, and observing the wildlife in his backyard around the quail block. His hobby was woodworking, and he often made gifts for family and friends, like Jean’s cedar hope chest, rocking chairs and benches, and fun wooden figurines. He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and playing games, especially checkers because he would always win, as well as chess and Who’s the Weasel? (Parcheesi). He loved traveling back to Miramonte Lake, CO, for family reunions and having family over for Thanksgiving in Tucson. He started attending Praise Center Assembly of God in 2010, where he was baptized, served as usher, participated in Men’s Saturday Breakfasts, and enjoyed joking around with his church family.
He was preceded by his parents, Ben and Verna Robb, his sister, Carol Sue (Robb) Latham, his nephew, Gary Latham, and his beloved Boston Terrier, Abby. He is survived by his 4 children, Victor Robb, Chris (Robb) Brewer (Doug Hall), Mark Robb, Wanda Sue (Robb) Hardy (Bo Hardy), his 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Memorial services will be held at Praise Center Assembly of God on Saturday, October 28, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Praise Center Assembly of God, 12331 W Picture Rocks Rd., Tucson, AZ (Give (praisecenterag.org)). Graveside service will be held in Paradox, CO, date still to be determined.