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1942 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Robert Bennett Mitchell Obituary
Robert Bennett Mitchell

Robert Bennett Mitchell passed away peacefully on June 6, 2014 in Edmonds Washington after a long struggle with Alzheimer's.

Bob was born in Alhambra, California to Robert B. and Enid Bennett Mitchell on September 11,

1942. Bob grew up in Parowan Utah and graduated from Parowan High School. He enrolled at Utah State and later at BYU to complete a degree in public relations. Bob worked for the BYU student paper and the Deseret News his four years at BYU. After graduating he joined the Air Force. He was based in the USA, Adana and Izmir Turkey and Wiesbaden Germany. While he was the assistant administrator at the USAF hospital in Wiesbaden, Bob was put in charge of the medical repatriation of the hostages released from Iran in 1981. He was responsible for their medical needs as well as daily briefing with the world press. All went smoothly and President Jimmy Carter personally came to thank Bob for a job well done. He spent his last two years in the Air force at Brooks AFB in San Antonio, as the administrator in charge of recruiting and training military doctors. Bob retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel after twenty eight years of service. While in Turkey Bob met and married Paulina Franklin in 1969. They had two daughters. Misha in 1971 and Maren in 1972. After the Air Force Bob was an administrator for a law firm for three years. He went on to work for DELGEN for several years and then left to join the University of Washington to become the administrator for the department of molecular biotechnology. He joined Bastyr University three years later. In 1999 Bob joined Ernst & Young as the administrator for the downtown San Francisco office for three years. Bob came back to Seattle and bought Winter Garden Design event staging company. After a good run Bob decided to retire in 2005.

Bob is survived by his Life partner Bo Leeuwendal, daughter Maren Mitchell, Sister Pamela Jackson, brother Warner Mitchell and many family members in Utah, Texas and Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Misha and former wife Polly.

A funeral service will be held on June 21, 2014 at Saint Pauls' Episcopal Church 15 Roy St. Seattle WA 98109 at 10:30 a.m.

Please consider a donation to the in Bob's memory.
Published in The Seattle Times from June 19 to June 21, 2014
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