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...


I am sorry and sadden to learn about the loss of Preston. I came to know Preston and Eustace from watching Mountain Men on the History Channel. I never met Preston but he was the kind of person I would be proud to call my Friend; an honest, trust-worthy, and peaceful man. Preston reminds me of Dan Blocker, “Hoss”, from the old TV-show Bonanza. Preston like Dan Blocker possessed a gentle and kind soul. Preston was Blessed by God, Touched by Jesus, and Filled with the Holy Spirit. My deepest sympathy. May God Bless, Kathleen, Eustace, and the Roberts Family.

Dear Eustace,

I will miss Preston and I know that you must be heart broken ! I believe that he was a fine Christian man and is now with our LORD JESUS CHRIST. God bless you Eustace !

William H. Losch
Rochester, Massachusetts 02770

Watching Preston and Eustace working together over the years was a real pleasure. You feel a connection to their lives and in a small way feel their experiences in life. Preston was a special person to me and you could feel his love for nature and working with his hands. He will be greatly missed and I pray Eustace will continue the job that preceded his passing. They were a great team and I'm sure with time Eustace will find his way again. God Bless the families and peace to you all. Thanks for everything you did, Preston!

god bless

We just learned that Preston passed away recently. We'd like to express our fondness for, and admiration of, Preston, and we'd like to express our condolences to his family, and to Eustace.

We have 4 little kids, all under 9, and they have grown-up watching Mountain Men. We have seen every episode, as a family, and we've always liked when Preston was on the show. His skill, humility, and peaceful nature were very admirable and edifying.

Though we didn't know Preston personally, his passing is like that of a good friend.

Jim Yuill & family
Rome, NY

His quiet dignity, his patience as he unraveled a challenge, and his work ethic were inspirational. I always looked forward to his appearance alongside Eustace on Mountain Men and knew that before the show was over I would learn something useful. He will be missed and his loss will be felt. Rest in peace. Condolences to his friends and family.

Would have loved to have spent some time with him up in the mountains.

Wow, just saw the DVR version of MM. was shocked to see this. Just from watching the show I could tell Preston was a good man and friend. I enjoyed his banter with Eustace and learned a lot from his perspective on the show. MM just won’t be the same without him. My condolences to his family and to Eustace. RIP Preston.

No words can express or explain when a husband, father, family member or true friend passes so I won't try. I know the heartache can be overwhelming. Eustace, I know you lost a good friend. What I like to call a "true blue" friend. I will miss watching him on MM, but I know that for those of you who had the privilege of knowing him personally will miss him in a much deeper way. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I hope to visit Turtle Island one day and meet you. Take care

While catching up on the series I learned of this tragic news. Very sorry to hear this. this saddened my fiance and my self as he was/is one good guy and I always enjoyed watching and learning the techniques distance and Preston would use. May god bless all of turtle island, eustace, his family and friends, fans, and most of all his wife. Find comfort in knowing how many peoples lives he has touched and push on in his honor.

Farewell Preston, a Mountain Man thru and thru and thru. A fitting song for a wonderful man - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2kZASM8OX7s

Seeing Preston and Eustace together on the show reminded me so much of my dear friend and logging mentor, Larry Corbet of Aspen Colorado. He has also gone home from cancer. Preston struck my heart as a man of such fine quality... a man after God's own Heart. It pierces my heart severely to hear of his leaving us. It certainly leaves an immense chasm where Preston's great goodness did once abide. Heaven rejoices at his homecoming. Let us, in our grief and sorrow, rejoice for Preston as well.
May The Love of Great Spirit, our Father and Creator be with you all.

I am so sorry that we lost Preston..I truly loved watching him and just listening to his voice..I will be sad when I see that show from now on..
Rest in peace Preston ..We surely miss YOU..

Preston rest in peace you were truly appreciated

He will surely be missed by all. I loved watching him on Mountain Men with Eustace. Prayers for his family! RIP Preston!

I just saw an episode of Mountain Men with a dedication to Preston. My condolences to everyone who must suffer from his passing. My prayers to his family and fronds J. Holt

Big fan of the show.Its still sad when ya think Preston want be with Eustace on the show.But we all know his still by his side.

I will always smile when thinking of Preston.

I just seen on Mountain Man, last night that Preston had died. I am so sorry for all of your loss. It just breaks my heart to know this.Eustace and Preston were my favorites on Mountain Man, and especially since it was in N.C. where I,m from.My thoughts and prayers will be with you all. May God give you all comfort, no matter the time it is never easy.

I will miss seeing you on Mountain Men. I learned a lot from you watching that show.

In the words of Vince Gill Go Fly High On That Mountain much love and condolences

So sad. He will be missed for sure. He had a beautiful soul.

I just wanted to offer our prayers and condolences to Preston's family and friends. Preston appeared to enjoy not being in the spotlight, yet his kind heart and amazing skills were observed by millions of admirers. We will miss his presence on Mountain Men, I can only imagine how much he will be missed by those who truly knew him.

I only knew Preston through the show always looking forward to the segment with he and Eustace both he and Eustace have shown me skills and techniques of the living in the nc blue Ridge since I recently purchased property in NC. His patience, skills and friendship were always a joy to watch...taken to soon and a great loss to humanity...rest in peace.

Always enjoyed watching Mountain Men and Mr. Roberts. He seemed like such a kind soul and was always complemented Eustace so well. May he rest in peace

I enjoyed Preston and the friendship with Eustace. We will miss him next year on the screen but he will never be forgotten. What a joy and honor to see him and know now the impact he has made on many people. My prayers for his family and for you Eustace! May God send another to help pick up where he left off and carry on Preston's legacy through you and Mountian men.

What a Gentleman he was! I can only imagine the example he set for his summer cap students. If a hand full grow to remember him and follow his example of respect, gentleness' and will to work hard and smart,his life was a well lived life. Respect is worth everything! Rest In Peace Mr. Preston!

Deepest condolences i just found out about prestons passing watching mountain men and eustance and preston in general has opened my mind to free living and relying on my self to survive so im thankful for the wisdom that i learned from him my thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family

So sorry to hear of preston roberts passing what a tremendous loss rest in peace sir GOD BLESS

I'm from hickory NC, an hour south of Boone. I've traveled throughout the country and world through military and just seeking my life. However, what I learned by watching turtle island on the news or TV show ive always admired and praised what Preston was doing and how he constantly but peacefully fought the government for a better way I'm life.
God bless him. God bless he's family and May God bless what he taught us all.
What a peaceful man....

Preston will be missed he was full of valuable info and a good man im sure he will find his turtle island on the other side. God bless

I just finished watching Mountain Men and saw the acknowledgement of Preston's passing.
I have enjoyed watching ever episode of this show and was always so impressed by his
Love of nature and his desire to help his friend Eustace. I will keep Preston's family in
My prayers and Eustace as well. I know Eustace loved his friend. Thanks for the memories
He left behind. God Bless You All

A true inspiration, Preston will be forever be remembered as the good man he was, and will live on in every soul he touched.

I just watched an episode of Mountain men and saw the acknowledgement to Preston. I so enjoyed watching him and the kind of person he was. I'm deeply saddened by his passing send my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. I will truly miss seeing him as part of the show and have no doubt we've lost a genuinely nice and kind man from this earth.

Big fan of Eustace and Preston lots of wisdom and life lessons learned from those two guys, I hope the best for turtle island camp, eustace conway and the robets family and in the words of Preston himself Yaa buddy rip see you on the other side some day.

I was very sad to hear of Preston's passing; he left us fast. He had the voice of a hollywood actor and the looks to go with it. I truly enjoyed watching him and Eustis do their magic in the steep hills of North Carolina. They both are and were extremely intelligent from producing their own electricity to building a high quality canoe and using wood to power their truck. To Preston's family and Eustis time will ease your pain and he will always be with you in your memories and in your heart. When you're sad just look up in the sky and you'll see him watching over you. RIP Preston.

Loved him on the show. You could tell he had kind, sweet spirt. Rip

This is heartbreaking, Preston was a genuinely good man, and it is a terrible loss to have him taken away so soon. May his soul find peace in the trails of the Carolina Mountains, always and forever.

My heart is broken



I was born on July 24, 1956. Every birthday from now on I will think of Preston. Love the show, will miss him.
RIP Preston and condolences to Eustace and his family.

I pass along my deepest sympathy and condolences to the Roberts family and friends. I was taken back and deeply saddened when I found out just moments ago Tod Preston's passing, while watching some episodes of Mountain Men. Preston has touched the hearts of many who only knew him from the show. His character, strength and knowledge will live on through everything that he built and loved. Thank You Preston for all you have given and for everything that you contributed to everyone that you loved and to those of us who only knew you from television. May you be at peace and always remembered for the gentle man that you were... Ken Swanson Durham, Ontario Canada.

We watch all the time.so sorry for your loss. He will be missed

I just found out about Prestons passing.He seemed like a very nice,honest and just an overall good person.I enjoyed watching him on mountain men.rest in peace Preston.

I hang my head as I recall all of the episodes I have watched of Eustace and Preston. They were the highlight of the show in my eyes and lived the way they talked. No words can express what I should say to you all, but I will say this. If angels exist, he is one. Peace.

Preston was a man for all reasons

I know how it is to lose your best friend...you are in my prayers for both losing Preston and your truck. I pray that God blesses you...doug

I will truly miss Preston. He seemed to exemplify they true meaning of what I have always thought a Mountain Man should be. His skills to handle almost any and all situations that arose. It seemed to me that I had really lost a very good friend. PRESTON JAMES ROBERTS you are and will truly be missed. Rest In Peace, my brother.

What a great tribute for a great man who made a difference to so many. RIP Preston...


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