Often times, people make the most impact on others when they pass on. This is a perfect way to describe the reactions of fans when Preston Roberts died. He was a man who commanded respect through his modest lifestyle and the love he shared with his family. He became a reality television star when he started appearing on History Channel’s Mountain Men and was known for his part on the show until his death in 2017.
While he is dead and buried, the legacy he left on the History Channel show will not be forgotten soon as fans of the Mountain Men still can’t imagine the show without him. Beyond the man we watched on Moutain Men, there are a lot of things about Preston Roberts that might awaken your interest. Keep reading to get all the details.
Preston Roberts – Bio
The reality TV star was born on July 17th in 1957 on American soil. He grew up in Brevard, North Carolina and had the Pisgah National Forest as his stamping ground as a child. He studied at Atlantic Christian College and later furthered at Appalachian State University where he got his degree in Art Education. While in school he made a friend (Eustace Conway) who would turn out to be a close buddy and fellow Mountain Men star.
Contrary to what most people thought about Preston Roberts, his life does not revolve around the Moutain Men show. He apparently had a fulfilled career, serving in the Wilkes County School System as an educationist for 25 years. During his days in the system, Roberts was acknowledged for his dedication to service and bagged the “Teacher of the Year” title two times.
He equally worked as an instructor at some of the primitive skills gatherings and cultural events scattered across the United States. This was his way of giving back to society after being taught by some of the best the country has to offer.
Though the traditional Appalachian Mountain people are those he was mostly associated with, Roberts went all out to mingle with the Native American people whom he learned a lot from. He subsequently became a singer and contemporary traditional dancer. before his demise, he worked at Turtle Island Preserve which he helped Eustace to set up. He was among the Board of Directors and in his spare time, he made knives and went hunting and fishing.
Preston Roberts became a television personality when he was cast to appear on the reality television show Mountain Men on History channel. The show which premiered on May 31, 2012, chronicles the daily activities of a select few who have chosen to live their lives without the comfort of modern facilities. Roberts death has not stopped the camera from rolling as the show is still running on the History Channel. Mountain Men currently stars men who have spent decades in the mountains and can’t imagine leaving all that serene nature for the hustle and bustle of the cities. Eustace Conway in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Tom Oar on Montana’s Yaak River and Marty Meierotto in Alaska are the main stars on the show.
Roberts is presumed to have gathered both fame and fortune from his TV career. Though the exact figure he had as his net worth as at the time of his demise was not know, a lot of figures, ranging from $900,000 to more than $2 million has been quoted as his worth.
Following the death of the mountain man, a fundraiser was set up to help his family with hospital bills, memorial service costs and to repair the roof of his home which he was about doing before he died. The response to the call was touching and in 21 months, $116,625 was raised of the $25,000 goal.
What Happened To Preston Roberts, How Did He Die?
Unfortunately, no current report can be given on Roberts who has gone to a place of no return. He breathed his last on July 24th, 2017, as a result of complications from a tumor on his liver that prevented oxygen and the free flow of blood. The tumor was inoperable and in three weeks, his body couldn’t carry on. Preston died in the arms of his beloved wife Kathleen DuPont McGuire with whom he enjoyed marital bliss for 42 years.