October 1, 1920 - January 20, 2014 Robert "Bob" Dean Adams, 93, of Mission Viejo, California, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully at home on January 20, 2014. Bob was born in San Francisco to Robert Adams and Mary Esther (Cooper) Adams on October 1, 1920. He was raised and educated in the San Francisco area, graduating from Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California in 1938. Upon graduation, Bob held several jobs before finding his "true calling" as a member of the United States Marine Corps. Bob enlisted in the Marine Corps the day after President Roosevelt declared war, December 8, 1941. Consequently, Bob was with the first group of Marines to go overseas during WWII and among the first servicemen to take offensive action against the Japanese at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands on August 7, 1942. A few years later, he was with the first Marines deployed overseas when President Truman declared war against North Korea in 1950. Bob dedicated his life to the Marine Corps for twenty-one years and was immensely proud of his service to his country. He retired in 1963, ultimately achieving a rank of Warrant Officer. Bob had a second career with California's Employment Development Department. He spent twenty years assisting a multitude of people and then retired for good in 1982. Bob's life wasn't just about work. Because he was a lifelong learner, Bob decided to enroll at Santa Ana College in his mid-forties and graduated with Academic Honors and a degree in Government Management in 1976. He was also a voracious reader, a dog lover, and an avid sports fan, especially when the Lakers or the Angels were playing on TV. But most importantly, Bob loved his family. He is survived by the love of his life, the wife he adored for sixty-eight years, Alferetta Jane (Robinson) Adams. He also leaves behind his children, Robert (Nancy), Susan, and Jeffrey (Pilar), who will miss him more than words can say. Memorial donations may be made to the Semper Fi Fund, the Cancer Research Institute, or the ASPCA. O'Connor Mortuary (949) 581-4300 www.oconnormortuary.com
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 1, 2014