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Pettit, Dr. Robert (Bob)
Dr. Robert (Bob) Pettit passed away in Scottsdale on September 23, 2015 due to complications from cumulative silent strokes. He was born on June 19, 1929 in Douglas, Arizona. Bob attended Kenilworth Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1947 as Class President, valedictorian, and was in ROTC. He remained active in the PUHS Alumni Association, organizing Reunions, volunteering as a docent and fund raiser. He treasured friendships from his youth. Bob married Kay Gartrell in April 1950 in Phoenix. After 2 years of premed studies at UofA in Tucson, he graduated from UCSF School of Dentistry in 1953. He was a Captain the U.S. Army's Dental Corp in the Panama Canal Zone until returning to Phoenix in 1957. He retired from his dental practice in Phoenix in 1994. Bob was very active in Creighton Christian Church for 25 years as an Elder, Chairman of the Board and Treasurer. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Jessie Pettit, his wife Kay, of 56 years, and his youngest son Nathan. He is survived by his brother-in law Joe Gartrell and Dana; son Ira and Donna Tash; son Ron; daughter Leta and Bill Wells; granddaughter Alisha (Wells) Taylor, James, and their son Nicholas; granddaughter Carissa (Wells) Cornelius and Dylan; nephew Mike Gartrell Sr; Mike and Jeannie's children: Meagan, Mia, Mike, Morgan, and Matt; nieces Ginger (Gartrell) Miner and Elizabeth (Gartrell) Abikzer; dear friends Mike and Jeannie Kading and their children: Amber, Sarah, Emily, and Amy. He was a member of First Families of Arizona and the Last Man's Club from the downtown Phoenix neighborhoods.
Bob Pettit directly helped others as a way of life. He deeply impacted many lives with his kindness, compassion, generosity and thoughtful insight. He quietly gave many thousands of hours of pro bono dentistry for the benefit of less fortunate people, equal to years of full time work, without expecting recognition or fanfare. A graveside service will be held at the Greenwood Memorial Lawn's Serenity Chapel, 2300 West Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85009, 602-254-8491, at 10 am on Tuesday, October 6th. A memorial service will be held later at Scottsdale Worship Center, 6508 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254 at 2 pm on Thursday, October 15th. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated for the YMCA, Bob's home away from home in his youth, or for the Gift of Trees at http://www.americanforests.org/.



Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 4, 2015
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