Dr. Robert S. Tuttle Dds
1923 - 2021
Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. - Santa Rosa
1225 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
Dr. Robert S. Tuttle, DDS
Dr. Robert S. Tuttle, DDS, died on November 12, 2021 at his home in Oakmont, Santa Rosa, California at the age of 98. His life was devoted to Santa Rosa, his family and friends and to his profession as a dentist. Born February 20, 1923, his parents were life-long Santa Rosans, Ovid S. Tuttle, also a dentist, and Ruth Dickinson Tuttle, whose family was connected to William Hood who gave his name to Hood Mountain.
Robert Tuttle attended Santa Rosa public schools and in 1945 received his dental degree from University of California Dental School. After serving two years as a Naval Dental Officer, he practiced dentistry in Santa Rosa for 51 years.
There are few friends to remember the days when he took time off to be a pilot for the Civil Air Patrol. He was founding member and president of the Santa Rosa Flying Club Inc. He also headed a Civil Air Patrol squadron at the Sonoma County Airport. Flying was an avocation he maintained through much of his life.
His deep concern for local civil affairs and his civic engagement were impressive: past president of the Santa Rosa 20-30 Club, member of the board of directors of the Sonoma County Taxpayers Assn., The Santa Rosa Downtown Development Assn., The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, The Santa Rosa Rotary Club and the Sonoma County Museum. He served on the Santa Rosa City Council as a Councilman and Mayor in the early sixties.
Dr. Tuttle's devotion to his profession was no less impressive: founding member of Redwood Empire Dental Society, Chairman of the University of California Prosthetic Investigative Study Club, President of the California Board of Dental Examiners, Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California School of Dentistry, frequent dental lecturer at various dental association meetings, honorary memberships in the Academy of General Dentistry and in the American College of Dentistry. He was named for "outstanding Contributions in the Field of Dentistry" by his local dental society.
He was proud of being an Eagle Scout and served as a scout-master of Santa Rosa Troop #25 for a number of years. He also had a life-long interest in Amateur Radio and had a general class license.
In retirement, golfing, traveling, and playing bridge became some of his favorite pastimes.
His family knew him admiringly as "Mr. Integrity", devoted to family, stubborn sometimes, with a sense of humor of a self-deprecating sort. He will be missed.
He is pre-deceased by his first wife Dorothy Maximov, mother of his two sons, his sister Jane Tuttle Bowdon and his daughter-in-law Sue Tuttle wife of Jeffrey Tuttle. He is survived by his sons Jeffrey S. Tuttle in Hawaii, William T. Tuttle in Santa Rosa, grandson Matthew S. Tuttle and partner Katie Gilliland and great granddaughter Zayna Tuttle, grandson Ryan T. Tuttle, his second wife Marie Goff-Tuttle, his sister JoAnn Tuttle Seaver in Philadelphia, four nieces: Susan Bowdon Rubin, Barbara Bowdon Wishard, Ruth Bowdon Merritt, Janet Bowdon Doto, and three nephews: Benjamin T. Seaver, Paul G. Seaver, and Timothy W. Seaver, and two grandnieces and six grandnephews.
The family gives heartfelt thanks to the caregivers who eased Dr. Tuttle's final days.
A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held in the later part of January. Memorial contributions can be made to: "The Ruth E. Tuttle and Ovid S. Tuttle Fund for Historic Preservation" c/o The Sonoma County Foundation, 250 D St., Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

Published by Press Democrat on Dec. 5, 2021.
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Bob Tuttle was our family dentist when I was growing up in Santa Rosa. I myself attended dental school in the early 1980's. This was a time when the profession was very concerned about a perceived oversupply of dentists. When I graduated and happened to return to Santa Rosa, most of the local dentists were not happy about another dentist coming to town and many wouldn't talk to me. But I called Bob, and I will never forget his first words to me: "How can I help?" I have tried myself to follow that example and pass forward this kind of generosity whenever I have had the chance. In my early years, he was a great mentor to me, and he invited me into the Prosthetic Study Club at UCSF, which was a great help to my professional growth and development. Bob was wonderful to me and a real role model. He was a true professional - a dentist's dentist. I would have loved to have worked with him, but the timing was not right. I admired him very much, and was proud to call him my friend. I will always be grateful for having known him, and will endeavor to pass along the kindness and encouragement to others that he gave to me.
John Robinson, DDS
January 5, 2022
Dr. Tuttle became my dentist over 60 years ago; I remained one of his patients as long as he had his practice and I continue to see Dr. Schneider even though I have moved from Sonoma County. He was such a caring, friendly person who always had a smile and a good word to say. He's also the one who got me interested in amateur radio as a lifelong hobby. I always enjoyed seeing him whenever he would stop by the office even after he retired. He will truly be missed.
Richard Freitas
December 13, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Tuttle was my dentist when I was a child. I was never afraid of going to the dentist when it was with him. He and my dad grew up together. My father was Marshall Comstock. Dr. Tuttle used to tell us about all the mischief that he and my dad got into when they were younger. My father passed away on November 6, 1963 and my family moved away shortly after that. I missed him as my dentist over the years and the stories that he used to tell us.
Laurie Comstock
December 8, 2021
I loved Dr. Tuttle. He was my dentist my whole life til he passed his practice to Dr. Schneider who is also wonderful. We used to discuss politics while waiting for the novacain to take effect. Thank you to the family for sharing an amazing man.
Ruth Scanlan Straessler
December 5, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Bob's passing. I have known him my whole life. My excellent teeth are because of the care from him since I was very young. He and Dorothy were life long friends with my parents so we shared alot of time together. Tahoe, Lake Pillsbury to name a couple. He was a lovely human being and will be missed.
Daryl Wright-Pearce
December 5, 2021
A wonderful dentist and great friend of my parents Charlie and Pudge Sloat. I was NEVER afraid to go to the dentist and still enjoy having dental work to this day. He was a kind, gentle excellent dentist. My condolences to the family.
Barbara Sloat
December 2, 2021
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