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Robert J. "Bob" Larkin Obituary
1936 – 2013

Robert J. Larkin "Bob" passed away suddenly, but peacefully in his patio garden on Saturday, January 19, 2013, of a heart attack. His family and many friends are heartbroken at the sudden loss of a man who lived a life of love and service to his family, community and country. He was 76.

Bob was born in Merna, IL on May 1, 1936, one of 10 siblings. After high school, he proudly served four years in the US Air Force, stationed in Japan. He learned to speak fluent Japanese. His early career took him to 29 countries, creating a life-long love of travel and language.

Bob met wife Judy Glynn in Chicago and married her in her hometown of Galway, Ireland in 1961. In 1968, they settled in Simi Valley, CA with their four children. He opened a State Farm Insurance Agency that he ran for 44 years, achieving many top awards. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Moorpark College, even while building his business and raising a family. On Sundays, Bob took his young children to explore parks around Ventura County. Summers included RV trips to the redwood forests, Monument Valley, the wild Oregon beaches, and north to Vancouver.

Bob became involved in local and state politics, serving as President of the Simi Valley Chamber, and on the Parks Board. He was instrumental in the creation of the 33-acre Rancho Simi Community Park. He was involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations. Bob became active in the California Republican Party. It was his lifelong passion. His enthusiasm was legendary. He had many treasured relationships among his political friends. He served as President of the California Congress of Republicans, and chaired the Ventura County Republican Central Committee. He ran for State Assembly in 1996 and 2004.

In 2003, after a divorce, Bob found love again "on the back nine" with Donna Graen. They married in 2004, settling in Westlake Village, CA.

Bob's tomato garden was famous. He wrote poems for family and friends. He was a crooner who never passed up a karaoke opportunity! His daughters and grandchildren inherited his voice, and he was very proud of that fact. Bob called his family regularly, and he visited them often. To them, he was "Pop Pop". He was sentimental and romantic, intelligent and a great storyteller, as well as a history buff.

Bob was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Jerome and Sadie, and siblings Betty, Dick, and Tom Larkin. He is survived by his wife Donna Graen Larkin; his children: daughters Kathleen "Kate" Larkin and her fiancé Marcus Dancer of San Francisco, CA and Mary Larkin Ingber, husband Dr. Craig Ingber and granddaughter Devon Ingber of Valencia, CA;. son Robert "Rob" Larkin, Jr., wife Angie Ravaioli-Larkin and grandchildren Brittney and Braeden Larkin of Keller, TX; son Toby Larkin of Anthem, AZ. Bob's surviving siblings are: Jerry Larkin, Michael Larkin, Larry Larkin, Joan Reeves, Mary Shadowens, and Alice Larkin.

Funeral Events will be held on Saturday and Sunday, January 26 and 27, 2013. For details please visit: www. Piercebrothersvalleyoaks.com or call Pierce Brothers Mortuary in Westlake: 818-889-0902.

The Signal, January 25, 2013
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