Robert "Bob" Dutton
was the only son born to Francis & Estelle Dutton, born in Santa Fe, NM on September 20, 1939. Robert a.k.a. Bob, was big brother to four sisters, Betty, Renee, Royce and Inez. Bob was blessed with six children. Helen Maestas partner Stuart, Lorie Jarner and husband Mark. Robert Frank, deceased. Karen Castillo, husband Mark. Frank Dutton & wife Julie and Nichole Meeks & husband Carl, Lauren & Todd Alday.
Bob is survived by 16 grandchildren & 16 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends from every walk of life. Bob was preceded in death by his love of 20 years, Georgiann Garvey 2016.
Dad would often say "I many not have any money but I am rich" referring to the love and joy of his children & grandchildren...
During Bob's life he found great pleasure & passion anything auto related. Bob's career began at Bell's Texaco in the North Valley. Bob started racing at Speedway Park in Albuquerque in his early 20's. He spent many days and weekends building cars, tweaking to get the most out of the engine. He loved it all! He loved the machine, loved the speed, loved his racing community. Bob was known for the art of "cam grinding." This detailed, meticulous passion would allow him to grind cams for people all over the United States. Bob loved racing, all racing! Stock cars,
sprints and of
Bob graduated from Valley High School in 1959. After high school he stayed in the Valley, marrying Helen Ridnour. They started a family and opened
Motor Machine in 1969.
Motor Machine has been operating for 52 years. Now owned & operated by his son, Frank. Bob was a legend & wealth of information in the automotive industry.
Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman, spending countless hours in the Gila & Jemez mountains places he loved & found solace. He spent these countless hours hunting with his father-in-law, Orville, his true dad. Along with Uncle Larry, family and us kids, we would venture into the forest to hunt, fish and camp. This is where dad was happiest. Dad taught us to shoot, clean & respect the gun.
Bob moved to Los Lunas in 1994 and was preparing to move to Elephant Butte Lake where he died on Monday August 16. God speed.
Please join our family
on Saturday September 4,
11am at Bosque del
Apache bird refuge for a memorial. We would love to hear your stories & memories in celebration of dads life.
The Dutton Family.
Published by Albuquerque Journal from Aug. 29 to Sep. 1, 2021.