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1933 – 2021

On September 4, 2021, Dr. Robert Capener Husband, father, grandfather, friend, mentor, teacher, avid scientist, jack of all trades, ultimate Yellowstone tour guide and master of stories passed away peacefully at the age of 88 years.

Born March 21, 1933 in Salt Lake City to Leland and Helen just 15 minutes ahead of his twin Richard.

Some of his accomplishments include:

Study at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study under the supervision of Nobel Prize-winning physicists; Research on NSF (National Science Foundation) projects alongside world-renowned physicists; NSF panel judge, judging science projects from top Ivy League schools; Undergraduate from the University of Utah; Doctorate in Theoretical Physics from USU as “2nd Generation Einstein”.

Bob swept Pauline Davis off her feet, and with a shoe out the window, they were married on September 23, 1955 in the Logan Temple and remained married for 65 years.

During his tenure at Weber State University, he was the only professor on campus to hold two full-fledged chairs: physics and computer science (CS). He was a major factor in the origins and innovations of the CS program.

His passions were physics, fishing in Yellowstone, and being in Island Park with his family. His passion for teaching has influenced many lives. His unconditional love and memories will remain etched in our souls forever.

Robert is predeceased by: Sister Joyce Cornwall; Children: Sharrie and Lance Capener. Survived by: Wife: Pauline; Children: Robin Sigretto (Phil), Mark (Sally), Mike (Leslie), Scott and Suzanne; His brother Richard and his sister Marlee (Richard) Vause; Grandchildren: 16; Great-grandchildren: 3 and host of family and friends.

The funeral will be on Saturday September 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Ward LDS Chapel, 1314 27th Street, Ogden, Utah, with a visit to the church on Friday September 10, 2021, 6:08 p.m. and before services on Saturday, 9:45 a.m. 10 min 30 s, interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, 5275 West 15400 North, Garland, Utah.

Services entrusted to the Myers Ogden Mortuary.


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