Howard Robinson, a native Coloradan, was educated at Brigham Young University and at the State University of New York. He has been a teacher, a market research analyst, a regional sales representative, and a corporate manager. He has worked as an employee for the LDS Church for twenty-seven years, both in the Church Office Building and in various Regional and Area offices. In connection with these assignments, he and his family have spent nearly ten years living overseas in Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, and the Philippine Islands. He and his wife, the former Maryetta Searle of Provo, Utah, have four children and (to date) a dozen grandchildren. He and Maryetta currently reside in Colorado, where they divide their time between the city of Jacob Martin and a small cabin in the San Juan Mountains northeast of Durango.