Robert "Bob" Astleford

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Robert "Bob" Astleford Obituary

Robert "Bob" Astleford SAN MARCOS/ OCEANSIDE -- Bob Astleford passed away due to dementia- related complications on October 10, 2012. A long standing and well-loved member of the North County community, he was born in San Marcos on September 19, 1928, to J. Frank and Emily Itzaina Astleford. He grew up in San Marcos and graduated from Escondido Union High School in 1946. Bob was an Eagle Scout and an accomplished athlete. He loved playing baseball and signed with the San Diego Padres farm team after high school. Bob was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951. He married Betty Lou Johnston on February 22, 1952, before deploying to Korea. While in Korea, Bob distinguished himself as a natural leader and brave soldier, earning both the Bronze Star and the offer of a battlefield commission. He turned down the commission because he had a new wife at home. Upon his return to civilian life, Bob went to work as a chicken sexor for Tobin-Galyean Hatchery while still playing recreational baseball-sometimes two different games in two different cities on the same nights. Betty would often drive him from the first game to the second game while he changed uniforms in the backseat. He then worked for Kawano Farming and maintained a long association and friendship with the Kawano family. Bob went into the earth moving business with his brother-in-law, Bob Templeton, and became part owner of Templeton Grading and Excavating. He was a great businessman, a fantastic negotiator, and a loyal friend. He loved playing golf and forged many deals and friendships on the course. Bob liked to boast that he was a founding member at El Camino Country Club. He traveled for and participated in countless tournaments and loved spending time in Hawaii. After his brother-in-law retired, Bob ran Astleford Construction until reluctantly stepping down in 2002. He could have retired well before then, but his love for his company and his desire to provide for family and friends kept him going longer than even he thought he would. Even after his semi-retirement and after the onset of early dementia, Bob would still go out on the jobsites and check on business operations at "the Shop" every day before meeting his friends for lunch. Bob was extremely proud of his company and often pointed out how he developed much of North County. Many people were not aware of the severity of his mind-debilitating disease because he was so intelligent, so social, and so capable of hiding it. His family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to those friends who remained close to him despite his worsening condition. Bob left a profound legacy and a passion for life that will live on in all our hearts. While we will miss him greatly, we will remember him lovingly. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sisters, Beatrice Johnson and Frances Houser. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Betty Lou; and by his children, Gary Astleford, Sr., Judy (Sal) Duarte, and Bobby (Laura) Astleford. He is also survived by his 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, as well as his numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 10 am, on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at Grace Episcopal Church in San Marcos with a full military burial following at San Marcos Cemetery. A reception and celebration of life will follow at 1 p.m, at the El Camino Country Club. As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 2 Timothy 4:6-7. Sign the Guest Book online

Published in U-T San Diego on Oct. 14, 2012
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