Robert P. "Bob" Powers
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ROBERT P. POWERS Robert P. Powers, 63, died quietly at home in Santa Fe on January 2, 2016. Bob grew up in Laguna Beach, California, and as a child enjoyed spending time on his grandparents' ranch. He studied archaeology at the Universities of Arizona and New Mexico and began his career by working on excavations at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, near Santa Fe, for the School for Advanced Research in the early 1970s. He then joined the National Park Service for archaeological projects in Chaco Canyon, and in the 1980s he led NPS's major archaeological survey of Bandelier National Monument. Bob retired from NPS in 2007 as a respected researcher who particularly enjoyed mentoring younger archaeologists and encouraging collegiality in fieldwork. He is survived by his wife of thirty years, Willow Roberts Powers, his sister and brother-in-law, Candace and Frank Ercoli, and his nephews, Robert, Daniel, and Christopher. Thanks go to PMS Hospice and to Evelyn, Kevin, Oliver, Phillip, and Prudence, Bob's wonderful caregivers from Coming Home Connection. Donations in Bob's memory can be made to Friends of Pecos NHP, earmarked for the Cordell Prize and mailed to PO Box 18, Pecos, NM 87552. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.

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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Jan. 11 to Jan. 15, 2016.
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January 26, 2016
Robert was my boyhood friend and roommate one year at the University of Arizona. You couldn't have a better, more solid and loyal friend. His great love of the outdoors and musical genres left a lasting impression. He was an original who will be sorely missed.
Rick Steffgen
January 26, 2016
Dear Willow,
So sorry.
I just learned of the passing of your husband today.
Those of us at yoga send our condolences.
Light to you along the way...
Susan Voorhees
January 19, 2016
Scorpion Ridge 1972 R. Powers far right.
Goodbye Coyote Bob from Badger Marc.
Marc Severson
January 18, 2016
I had the good fortune to know Bob for at least 40 years. Did not work directly with him, but like so many others we were friends.

Sharon Urban
January 18, 2016
Bob and I were friends at a distance for over 40 years. Wife Sharon and I always enjoyed seeing him and we appreciated his friendship. RIP Bobby, and our sympathies to Willow.
David Doyel
January 18, 2016
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing at such an early age. He lived a good and productive life. My sympathies to Willow and the family.
Tom Vaughan
January 16, 2016
Dear Willow, I am so sorry for your loss. Even though we were out of touch, I was very fond of Bob and have thought about both of you so often in recent months. Take care of yourself.
Beth Hadas
January 14, 2016
My condolences on Bob's passing. I knew Bob from NPS where we worked and retired.
Margie Fresquez
January 14, 2016
My deepest sympathies to you for your recent loss of your beloved Bob. Though words, however kind, may not mend your heartache, know that those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind. May you find strength in the love and warm embrace of family, friends and your Heavenly Father. ~Isaiah 30:19

J. Younger
January 12, 2016
Rest in Peace Bob, your work is done. So sorry for your loss Willow.
Christy Medina
January 12, 2016
Willow, I am so sorry for your loss. God bless you, you are in my prayers.
Christy Medina
January 12, 2016

So sorry for your loss.

-Jodi Herrera
JoAnne Herrera
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