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Dillard, Robert Carl
Recently retired to Prescott, Arizona, Bob died at the age of 80 on Saturday, March 31, 2012 after a battle with cancer and macular degeneration. He leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years, Linda; his son Doug (Charon) Dillard of Glendale, Arizona; three grandchildren, Cameron (Tyree), Robert (Jill ) and Deanna (Josh); eight great grandchildren: Christian, Chase, Marcus, Emma, Nathan, Camille, Dillon and Kyle. Bob was born in Prattville, Alabama but lived in numerous states before settling on Arizona as his home. Those of us that knew Bob understood well what a keen businessman he was. He had long careers in the food and healthcare industries. Perhaps he was most well known as the Chief Financial Officer for A.J. Bayless Markets in the 60s-80s. As CFO he had many varied responsibilities, but his favorite was that of labor relations. He was the chief negotiator of the many Labor Agreements with the Teamster's and United Food and Commercial Workers Unions. He was respected by his peers, union officials and those he worked with on both sides of the table. After retiring from the world of business twice, Bob's financial background unexpectedly lead him to his favorite job title, Professor. He spent four years as an adjunct professor teaching finance classes in Glendale Community College night programs. Due to failing eyesight he finally retired permanently at 77. Bob was a much loved husband, friend, father, grandfather & great grandfather, he will be missed by all who knew him. Bob proudly served in the Marine Corps during the Korean conflict and a military funeral service will be held in his honor Friday, May 18 at 2:30pm at the Veteran's Cemetery in Prescott. Contributions in his remembrance can be made to Hospice Family Care, 3195 Stillwater Drive, Prescott, AZ 86305 or to the Veteran's support organization of your choice.

Published in The Arizona Republic on May 13, 2012
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