Robert Lee CONKLIN

Robert Lee Conklin, 61, of Sebastopol passed away on November 22, 2012 of natural causes. Born in Kamakura, Japan on March 18, 1951 to Ruby Yamada, and taken with open arms into the family of George and Agnes Conklin, Rob moved around during his youth, living in Massachusetts, Tennessee, Hawaii, and finally settling in California. A graduate of Skyline High School, he attended Merritt College, Sonoma Junior College, and the University of California at Berkeley, and built a career in the field of plastic injection molding. To all who knew Rob, it was no secret that he had a heart of pure gold. His genuine concern for others enabled him to quickly make friends, wherever he was. He was fun and enjoyable to be around, always looking to relax and have a good time, and his greatest love was his family. He was especially proud of his two grown children, Sean and Meagan, their spouses, Victoria and Jim, whom he counted among his own, and his two beautiful grandchildren, Owen and Violet. With an apartment full of family pictures, it was not uncommon to catch him opening his wallet to proudly display one of the many photos that he carried with him, even to perfect strangers. An avid outdoorsman for most of his life, he was enamored by nature, particularly the beautiful landscapes of California's northern coast, the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains, and the vast deserts of the American southwest. His love for all things involving the great expanse beyond our atmosphere would often find him behind the lens of his telescope on a clear, starry night. And the impressive collection of books that lined the shelves of his living room was testament to his intellectual brilliance. To those who knew him, Rob was a man of prodigious knowledge and character. He will be missed by many. Rob is preceded in death by his parents, George and Agnes Conklin, and his brother, Larry Conklin. He is survived by his children, grandchildren, and a host of friends. A casual celebration of Rob's life will be held at the Union Hotel in Occidental on Sunday December 9, 2012 at 12:00 Noon, just as he would have liked it. The family requests you RSVP your attendance in advance at 707-761-2908. "Go Bears!"

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2012