Farewell Brother Preston Roberts

We wish there were a different reason for this message. We wish we could walk away from writing it. And yet, we are humbled and honored to know just how many hearts this sad news will break, for it speaks to the power a single good man can have in this world. 


On July 24th, 2017 at 3:30pm, Preston James Roberts passed peacefully away in the arms of his wife Kathleen, surrounded by family and loved ones. Preston had a large inoperable tumor on his liver that obstructed the flow of blood and oxygen to his organs and body. The change was rapid and outpaced any treatment -- just three weeks ago he was teaching at Boys Camp. While the suddenness of his departure is shocking, we draw some consolation from the fact that his last days were full of family and friends instead of drawn-out suffering.

There is no replacing a human life, and the specialness of Preston as teacher, mentor, builder, friend, artist, elder, inspiration, dancer, leader, and solid rock foundation leaves a chasm in our community. Preston was as practical as he was creative, and over any abyss he would find a way to build a bridge whose quality was matched only by its beauty. He lived for summer camp, and his life and spirit are infused all over Turtle Island, in the buildings, the ceremonies, the land, and the misty mountain air itself. Help us build a bridge and honor his life by ensuring that Turtle Island camps continue far into the future, whether that means lighting a candle on December 24th, sponsoring a camper, or lending a hand in one of the many building projects Preston had planned for the upcoming year.

Preston's family is currently planning burial and memorial services, and we will reach out with more information as it develops. In the meantime, please consider supporting Preston's family in their time of grief.

We leave you with Preston's words from this past year's holiday message to campers:

"It's cold this morning, the sun is just peeking its head above the mountain. I wonder what it is like at Morning Watch this morning? I wish I was there, this moment, curled in a thick wool blanket, watching the light, birds, and in my minds eye I am there, with you and the others that have carried your stone and placed it in that sacred circle of stones. In my minds eye I can sail through the trees, past the tree-house, classroom, the gazebo and your shoes, over the patch on the barn roof, over the spot we plan to build a traditional carpentry shop, sweeping high into the cold air alongside a raven, looking at the place we love below and wishing for it to continue forever..."

Much love, indescribable gratitude, and, as always, still learning...

Comments

Poor Eustace will have to go on without his close friend and business partner. I feel so badly for him and will miss seeing Preston's bright blue eyes on Mountain Men. So very tragic....my heart goes out to all of you on Turtle Island.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Roberts family

Like everyone else, we were shocked and saddened by the news of Preston's passing. We love the show and loved both of you. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with all of you.

Always enjoyed his part on the show we will miss him .

I just attempted to watch My Mountain Men program. I catch up on the shows come Saturdays, I feel speechless, how shocked I am to have seen the clip of Eustace & PrestonJamesRoberts
In Memory.
It flashed so fast, I couldn't have seen it correctly!
I even looked the information up,
This cant be real, Eustace with Preston, they just built a table together, they're going to start more wood working, creating pieces of furniture!!,
It's all true!
What a huge shock!
Preston is gone!
May He RIP.
With my deepest heartfelt sympathies I say to His family, I'm so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Your loved one will not be forgot.
Eustace, I can't even begin to imagine your pain this loss of your best friend must be unbareable.

I pray for you all, as I realize he's left All of us and is now in the Glory of Heaven, At Peace, no suffering,no pain

We will all miss him, May you RIP Preston you'll not be forgotten, Amen
Love Out Loud

God Speed.

I am sorry to learn of Mr. Roberts death, I love to watch mountain man and what a friend Preston was to Eustace. My prays go out to his family.

You will be much missed.But you'll be happy in Turtle Island in the sky

Rest in peace Preston, prayers to family and friends. We will miss you.

It was with great sadness to hear about Preston's demise. He was so loved on the show, so smart and mellow, yet what an impact he made. It's not going to be the same. Condolences to his family, and all of his loved ones. RIP Preston.

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a kind, knowledgeable, Christian family man who shared his goodness and learning with so many.

So saddened and sorry to hear of Prestons passing. Though only knew him from the show I feel that he was one of those rare individuals who brought light and joy to the world. Condolences to his family, his friends, to hose who loved him and those who enjoyed his wit, wisdom and skills.

So sorry for this loss of a good man to all we learned a lot about life from him, God bless his family.

Good men are hard to find, but one was found in Preston. Prayers for the Roberts family

Our prayers and love for the family and friends, and Mountain Men viewers, at the sudden passing of Preston. We came to 'know' him watching our favorite show over the years. We've all been blessed by his spirit.
May God Bless each life he touched.

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to Mr. Robert's family and friends. I appreciated his knowledge and skills as I watched he and Eustace work their many endeavors on Mountain Men. My family and I will also miss him. He touched many people that he never met or knew. May God bless.

From the Collier family to yours. Having lost a loved one to cancer I know profound loss. We are praying for all yal.

So sad at the end of another fine episode to see Preston had passed. Feels like Dale seniors passing all over. Thanks for the memories Preston!! RIP☹

As a child of The Wilkes County Mountains, now living far away, Preston and Eustace brought back memories of my childhood and the work of my grandparents. I looked forward to each episode as if I were watching and listening to my family in my mountain home. My deepest condolences to the people who really knew and loved him. May God Bless and keep you all.

I always enjoyed watching episodes that included Preston and Eustace. Preston was always sold spoken and very wise. I will truly miss him on Mountain Men. All my best to Preston's family and Eustace Conway.

I'm very sad to hear this news. I pray peace for Prestons family.

God bless you Preston, and know that your life will continue within all that knew you and all that wish they had.

We so enjoy watching Preston and Eustace each week and send our heartfelt love and prayers to all of Preston's family and those who knew and loved him.

I was sorry to hear of Preston passing and I will pray for you Eustace on the lost of your friend.

Sorry to learn of Preston's passing. I have enjoyed watching Eustace and
Preston on the show. My prayers go out to the family and to Eustace.

RIP Mr Roberts you lived a life a lot of folks dream of. Always enjoyed you guys making things from scratch. And you lived to mentor and pass that life on. God speed and bless your family

We are so sorry to hear of this news. We have watched the show Mountain Men from the beginning and have always considered Eustace and Preston our favorites, their friendship touched our hearts. Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to his wife, children, family, his friend Eustace and members of the crew and their loss is heartfelt and they will be in our prayers.

We were saddened when we heard of Preston's passing. He seemed like a great man and the show will not be the same without him.

RIP Preston, you'll be missed.

So shocked to hear of Mr. Roberts passing. Condolences to his wife and family. I will miss his presence on Mountain Men.

Kathy and I were saddened at the news of Preston's passing. We enjoyed him in the program "Mountain Men". He added so much to the program. We will miss him but will not forget him. Every new episode of "Mountain Men" that we watch we will think of Preston and his family.

Very sad to here about a man passing in such a sudden manor. Didn't know him personally. Really wish I could've. It's very apparent he touched many lives and was a teacher.

My sincere condolences to the Roberts family. I have enjoyed watching the show, Mountain Men since it first began and loved watching Preston and Eustace bouncing problem solving techniques off one another. Thanks for the memories.

Prayers to the family of Mr. Roberts. I really enjoyed watching him on mountain men with Eustace. Rest In Peace Mr. Roberts.

We will miss Preston. He was a joy to watch and one knew we were getting to know a man of many talents, integrity and generous spirit.

We offer our condolences and many prayers.

My condolences to his wife, son's, extended family & friends. The world lost a gifted man who touched many, we'll miss Preston.
RIP brother, job well done!

I was stunned to hear of Preston's passing. What a truly amazing man. It was always so amazing to watch him and Eutice come up with these amazing techniques and rememedies for almost any problem. Never one to show anger a true gentleman!! A huge loss for all of us her on earth!!

It saddens me to hear of this loss, but know God has a very capable mountain man.

Feels like time just stopped. We just finished watching our DVR recording of Mountain Men and was so surprised to see the "In Memory Of Preston James Roberts". Quickly grabbed I-Pad to verify this. So sad that it's true. God Bless his family and Eustace. The show will never be the same. He made the show so interesting and educational for so many.
R.I.P. Preston

We are just shocked and greatly saddened at this loss. We love watching Preston on Mountain Men. Wi will certainly miss seeing him. God Bless, our thought and prayers are with his family

I was so saddened and surprised to hear of Prestons passing. I only know him from TV but he seemed like a good honest man. RIP.

My condolences. We only know you all from television. Preston was an amazing man from what we've seen. He touched many people.

We have watched Mountain Men from the beginning and Preston was such a wonderful friend and wonderful man. We are shocked and saddened to hear of his very quick and sudden passing. So glad that he didn't suffer long and was surrounded by his family and friends who loved him. We will definitely be praying for all his family, and for Eustace, who we know is grieving deeply as well!

From a Rocky Mountain man to a Smoky Mountain man, farewell and Godspeed.

I am so sorry to hear of Preston's passing. I watch the show every week and loved watching Preston on there. It will not be the same without you my friend.

I will miss him, My heart is with his family and friends. Preston was an inspiration to us all. Always with a hard working and positive attitude.Huge loss to us all

Always sad when a friend, and lived one passes. I only knew Preston through watching Mountain Men. He always seemed to be the "voice of practicality, it caution, when Eustace was in a project. I will pray for him and his family. Just won't be the same for the Mountain Men program. I hope Eustace carries on, and continue with his appearance on MM. But would certainly understand why it would be difficult to do it without his right hand man!
RIP Preston...

Loved watching him on tv. Helping Eustice all the time, was a true friend! Will miss him deeply! Prayers to his family!

Prayers and thoughts for the family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

what a beautiful man

what a beautiful man

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