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Funeral plans set for BYU student, LDS seminary teacher who died hours after son's birth

By Devon Dolan, Deseret News

Published: Tue, Dec. 17 3:55 p.m. MST

 Josh Robison, 24, holds his newborn son, Logan. Robison died shortly after his son's birth due to complications from an infection.

Josh Robison, 24, holds his newborn son, Logan. Robison died shortly after his son's birth due to complications from an infection.

(Family Photo)

FILLMORE — Funeral arrangements have been made for the 24-year-old BYU student and LDS seminary teacher who died hours after his wife gave birth to their first child.

A viewing for Josh Robison will be held 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' meetinghouse at 485 N. 500 West. His funeral will begin at 1 p.m., and family members say the public is welcome.

Days before Erica Robison was expected to give birth, her husband, Josh, developed flu-like symptoms. Doctors discovered he had a treatable staph infection, and the infection was traced to a valve in his heart.

Josh Robison, a BYU student and an LDS seminary teacher at Lone Peak High School, underwent surgery last week and was able to witness the birth of his son, Logan Joshua Robison, on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Just hours afterward, he developed a headache and doctors determined he was bleeding in his brain. Josh Robison died the following evening, Friday, Dec. 13, in the same hospital where his son was born.

His family said he wanted nothing more than to be a father, raise his son in righteousness and play ball with his boy.

A donation page on was created last weekend by friends who had little money but wanted to help the family. Since the page went online, more than 1,200 people have made donations, which as of Tuesday afternoon totalled nearly $66,000.

— Devon Dolan

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1. VA Saint
Chester, VA,
Dec. 17, 2013

My heart just sank when I read this. I am so, so sorry for the loss of this young father. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

2. WilliamLee
Ogden, UT,
Dec. 17, 2013

My deepest condolences to this young family. Prayers are for your family and friends who knew this young man. Prayers for his little boy, that dad can watch from above as a special angel. God Bless. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

3. M88nlight
Raymond, Canada, 00,
Dec. 17, 2013

God bless the mother. May she always be surrounded by friends. May she optimistically meet the challenges of being a single mother. May she enjoy the comfort and direction of the Spirit of God.

4. steph-uk
Birmingham, West M,
Dec. 19, 2013

It's this kind of tragedy that makes me question what on earth (or heaven) it is all about... but I always come back to my knowledge that Heavenly Father loves his children. And while I cannot fathom what it must be like for this new mother and her child and all of his family, I just know and hope that there is a plan and that families will be together forever.

5. patriot
Cedar Hills, UT,
Dec. 19, 2013

heart wrenching loss - staff infections are so dangerous and unpredictable.