1932 ~ 2014|
Robert (Bob) D. Bess passed away peacefully on January 28, 2014, surrounded by family and in the arms of his beautiful wife of 54 years. He lived a life centered on family, kindness towards all, respect for others, and a love of nature and animals.
Robert began working in a garden center when he was ten years old. It is there that he began to foster his life-long love of gardening, nature, and the great outdoors. At Granite High, he was an All-State basketball player. He attended the University of Utah, where he enrolled in ROTC, became an active member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and earned his B.S. in business.
After graduation, he served as a captain in the United States Air Force in Denver, Colorado. He then returned to Utah and began a career in business and eventually landed at The Pax Company, working his way up the ladder to become General Manager of the business. A loyal man, he remained with Pax/Cenex/Land O' Lakes for most of his business career.
On September 10, 1959, he married Jean Romney. His wife knew him as a dedicated family man, a remarkable father, a renaissance man, and a loyal companion and best friend. He was a creative chef (often known as Chef Roberto), a talented artist, an expert fisherman, a skilled boatman, a detailed craftsman, a reflective conversationalist, an avid reader, a generous soul, a crossword puzzle whiz, and remarkable gardener.
His three children knew him as an ever-present dad, a father that loved unconditionally and was always there for them. He taught them to ski, to love animals, to respect nature, to play tennis, basketball, and baseball, to tie flies and catch fish, to focus on the positive, to be kind to others, and to dedicate themselves to their families. He led by example, always demonstrating kindness toward and respect for others and spending hours coaching his boys in baseball and his daughter in tennis. If you asked him where he most wanted to be, it was wherever his children, grandchildren, and wife were.
His grandchildren and great-grandchildren knew him as a loving and compassionate grandpa who loved to ski with them, eat cookies, share his basketball and baseball knowledge, catch up on their daily lives, and always offer bits of wisdom and kind words.
His friends knew him as a thoughtful conversationalist, a humble man, a skilled bridge player, an even-tempered gentleman, an athlete, someone who always had a kind word for everyone, a family man, and a well-informed person with many interests.
He was adored in life and missed greatly in death. He is survived by his wife, Jean Romney, his three children (Michael (Pamela); Gregory (Stacey); Kristi (Stanley)), his thirteen grandchildren, and his six great-grandchildren. His parents and brother preceded him in death.
Memorial and burial services will take place at the National Veteran's Miramar Cemetery in San Diego, California on February 10, 2014. A private memorial for family and friends will be held in Salt Lake City at a later date.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Feb. 2 to Feb. 3, 2014