- Grand Master of Utah Masons | 2017 -
Most Worshipful Brother Robert M. Wolfarth
Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge
of Free & Accepted Masons of Utah
Robert M. "Spats" Wolfarth, lives near the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Born in El Paso, raised in Dallas, and schooled in Austin, he holds a double bachelor of arts in International Economics and Russian Language from the University of Texas. After six years of working in foreign policy, defense, and intelligence for the US Senate and US House of Representatives in Washington, Robert decided it was time to get a real job. He moved into the medical device industry where he has worked for several years, including teaching at the graduate level at Utah Valley University and running his own consulting firm. He has held many volunteer positions in his community, such as Chairman of the Church Council at Christ United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City and President of his Homeowners Association Board of Directors.
Robert is fascinated with systems of ethics as influenced by cultures and philosophies, which led to his interest in Freemasonry. Among his Masonic activities, he is Past Master of Argenta Lodge № 3, Past Secretary and Past Master of Wasatch Lodge № 1, Past Vice President of the Salt Lake Masonic Temple Association, Past Education Officer for Utah Scottish Rite, Past Scottish Rite Fellow, Past Chairman of the VMAP Committee, Past Venerable Chief of the Utah Scots Guard, Past Venerable Master of the Jordan Lodge of Perfection, Past Commander of the Salt Lake Council of Kadosh, and Past Wise Master of the James Lowe Chapter of Rose Croix, and past Master of Kadosh for the Utah Consistory. He is an officer in Camp Floyd Historic Lodge № 205, and Behle-Simons Council № 544 of Allied Masonic Degrees, and holds honorary membership in Harmony Lodge № 21 and Rocky Mountain Lodge № 11.
Robert held positions in the Grand Lodge of Utah as Grand Standard Bearer and Grand Lecturer before being elected Junior Grand Warden, and has served on many Grand Lodge committees. He is a life member of the Scottish Rite, and is a life member and sits on the Board of Directors of the Scottish Rite Research Society, where he serves as Secretary. He received the 32° in Scottish Rite in 2006 and was invested a Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 2011. On August 22, 2017, he received the 33°, Inspector General Honorary, in Washington, DC. Not known to stand still for long, Robert has completed the Scottish Rite Master Craftsman I Program, is a Senior Ritualist, was editor of The Plumbline for several years, editor of The Minaret for El Kalah Shrine, and was Vice President of his Scottish Rite class. He is a Knight Templar, a Senior Member of the Order of DeMolay where he was invested with the Legion of Honor, a Shriner serving in the Patrol, and has published almost 20 Masonic articles internationally. He was a Charter Member and Fellow of the Utah Masonic Research Society, Founding Member of the Masonic Society, Charter Member of the Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty Club, Charter Member of Keystone Mark Master Lodge № 00, and Charter Member of Camp Floyd Historic Lodge № 205. He delivers speeches and presentations frequently in many venues and has directed three and acted in many Scottish Rite degrees and plays.
Among his Masonic charitable activities, Robert is a member of the Grand Master's Club of the Knight Templar Eye Foundation, Associate Patron of the Knight Templar Eye Foundation, supporter of the 365 Club of Utah Rite Care, a founding annual supporter of the Utah Rite Care One Child Club, a Superintendent of Building for Utah Rite Care, has received the General Grand Master's Award of the Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation, and is a Sustaining Donor to Shriners Hospitals for Children and a New Century donor to the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. He also supports several community charities by labor and finance.
Robert is a practicing Buddhist and has traveled to over 30 countries. He is fond of diverse music, ethnic foods, laughter, walks in the forest, good deeds, dinner with friends, and fine port. He married the former Jane Anderson in Edinburgh, Scotland, and adopted a girl and a boy in the People's Republic of China. Through his various works and distractions, he still makes time to travel to strange lands with his wife, take his daughter to tea at the Grand America Hotel, and get clobbered by his son in chess.