Robert "Bob" Carper

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Robert "Bob" Carper, 79, of Conifer passed peacefully from this life on Sept. 30, 2017, while at home under the care of hospice.
Born to Everett and Marie, farm laborers in Berthoud, he graduated from Loveland High School in 1956. Bob worked hard at various jobs to put himself through college at the University of Colorado at Boulder. (architecture '66) Eventually, Bob served as a project manager and historical architect for the National Park Service for 23 years before retiring.
His major National Park Service projects included restoring the Russian Orthodox bishop's residence in Sitka, Alaska; planning and interpreting Antietam War sites; and preserving Father Damien's church at the leper colony in Molokai, Hawaii. His previous professional experience also included working in Denver's planning department on a historical survey of homes for the city and Curtis Park. He submitted the national designation for Curtis Park as a historical neighborhood.
In college and late high school, Bob spent his summers working for the park service in Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park.
Bob's community interests included serving on Georgetown's Historical Review Board for more than 30 years as well as in the Conifer Historical Society. Bob knew the importance of preserving and understanding significant historical sites as a means of informing and improving our current decisions.
Bob was a committed outdoor enthusiast, an accomplished photographer and painter of vivid landscapes. He enjoyed reading, watching wildlife and remodeling the lovely mountain home he and his family shared in Conifer.
Friends remember Bob as being committed to excellence in all things and as a man of remarkable curiosity. He supported the travel of his daughter Carin to far places. Deeply committed to social justice, since 2007, he gave unstinting financial and emotional support to his wife Carol's organic farming project in western Kenya through SasaHarambee.org, which they founded with others.
Bob is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol Joy Carper. He is preceded in death by their daughter, Carin Tristin Carper, and his parents Everett and Marie Carper of Loveland.
A life tribute is being held for Bob on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at The Little White Schoolhouse, 26951 Barkley Road, Conifer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's honor and life well lived to SasaHarambee.org for a documentary of their work in Kenya or to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.
Published in Canyon Courier on Feb. 21, 2018