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Bob Trout

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Bob Trout Obituary
"Jo" Bob Trout, beloved husband, died Saturday, April 17, 2010, of congestive heart failure at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo. Throughout his life, Bob was a kind, caring man who helped many people, children and adults, with his talents and compassionate heart.
Bob was born June 6, 1933, in Roswell to Joel Blake and Marguerite Mulkey Trout. The family moved to Carlsbad in 1944 where his father managed Sunlight Bakery.
In 1951, after finishing high school in Carlsbad, Bob journeyed to Chicago to enter Coyne Trade School to become a radio, stereo and television repairman. Upon his return to Carlsbad, he worked for Sears until a weight-lifting injury pinched a nerve in his back. After his recovery, he opened and operated a successful electronic repair business, Radio and TV Hospital, for 11 years.
When the Korean War broke out, Bob was the sole support for his mother and underage brother, so he joined the Naval Reserves, but was never called to active duty. He remained in the Reserves for 16 years. With an electronics background, the Navy tapped him to teach electronics. He found he loved teaching and made it his life's work.
He began his education at NMSU-C and went on to attend ENMU, where he majored in physics with minors in mathematics and secondary education. He graduated magna cum laude, earning math honors and most promising secondary teacher. Bob earned his master's degree from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro. Bob continued to add to his educational background in physics, vocational education, computers, robotics and waste management.
His teaching career spanned from the Naval Reserves to public teaching in Lovington, New Mexico Junior College, Goddard and Roswell high schools, Carlsbad schools, NMSU-C, Canutillo, Texas, Park College and NMSU-A; assisting at Holloman Middle School in the electricity unit and retiring from teaching college algebra at Central Texas College at age 72. Bob worked in the summers at various jobs with his favorite being a cave resource technician for the Forest Service in Carlsbad as he had been a spelunker (caver) beginning in 1957.
Bob was a hobbyist and was inventive. His interests were caving, crystal growing, lapidary, model airplanes, cars, rockets, home surround sound, resin casting and many other types of crafts.
While at ENMU, Bob found Mary-Ellen and married her after their graduation in 1969. They enjoyed 40-plus years together. Upon retirement, Bob and Mary-Ellen enjoyed travel to the Bahamas, Scotland, Hawaii, Alaska and Vancouver, Canada.
He is survived by his wife, Mary-Ellen, of Alamogordo; his brother Jerry and his wife, Sandy, of Tucson, Ariz.; their sons and wives, Cory and Eileen Trout, of Mesa, Ariz., and Colin and Martha Trout, of Tucson; seven great-nephews and one great-niece; first cousins Kay Baker and her husband, Bill, of Phoenix, and Priscilla Nagle and her husband, Frank, of Snowflake, Ariz.; and second cousin Jesse Trout and his wife, Kathy, and their two sons, of Simpsonville, S.C.
A memorial will be held for Bob at the Alamogordo Funeral Home, 2301 First St., Alamogordo, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010.
The Trout family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 25 to May 25, 2010
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