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ESTERBROOKS, ROBERT CHARLES Robert Charles "Bob" Esterbrooks, a native Californian who grew up in farming communities to become one of the nation's most honored civil engineers and a Two-Star Admiral in the United States Navy, died January 3rd, at his Point Loma convalescent home. Bob was 88, a victim of Alzheimers, but the disease and years could not diminish a lifetime of public service, military leadership, and unwavering, genuine interest in everyone he met. Born in Glendale in April, 1924, Bob was graduated from the University of Texas in 1945, as an enlisted man in the Navy. As a student at Texas he completed the Navy's Officer Training program on-campus, which began a 42 year commitment to the Navy, active duty and reservist, culminating with Bob's promotion to Flag rank, commanding all Naval construction and civil engineering in the Western United States. As a civilian Bob's engineering prowess was deployed for local government, first in Los Angeles, then seven years in San Diego as Assistant City Engineer (1959 to 1966). He left San Diego to become County Engineer and Assistant County Manager for Maricopa County, Arizona, where he worked 20 years, 1969 to 1989. Residing in Phoenix, Bob's skills, leadership and personality carried him to the highest levels of civilian and military life. Bob was equally comfortable with corporate leaders, admirals and generals, or the road crews in his county workforce. Among many professional honors, he was President of the American Pubic Works Association, and National Vice President of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Married twice, he is survived by daughters Sandy Hanshaw of Point Loma and Linda Castile of Del Mar, son Jim Esterbrooks of San Diego, and five grand-children. Services are scheduled for February 22nd, at 11 a.m. at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. In lieu of flower the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Association, www.alz.org. www.beardsleymitchell.com

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 20, 2013
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