Robert D. Whitman
Redding - It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Whitman (known to all as "Pastor Bob") announces his sudden passing on January 23, 2019, at the age of 67. Bob was a devoted husband to Mindy (née Blay) and a loving father to his two sons, Tim and Jon.
Bob was well known in his community for his generous spirit and acts of service. He went out of his way to help anyone in need without expecting anything in return. Bob also served as a pastor of several churches in Northern California, including Cottonwood Assembly of God, where he pastored for 28 years and spearheaded the building of a new worship facility before retiring in 2013.
Bob loved building. He built his own house, and after getting his formal contractors license, Bob started Whitman Construction, engaging contracting work in Redding and beyond.
An avid outdoorsman, Bob served for many years as the president of the Mt. Lassen Assemblies of God Camp in Mineral, California. Bob's favorite outdoor pastimes included hunting elk and deer, RV camping with Mindy and the grandkids, snorkeling and scuba diving in Hawaii, and fishing for Mahi Mahi in Mexico.
Bob will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 48 years, Mindy, his two sons, Tim (Karin) and Jon, grandchildren, Brighton and Ashlynn, mother-in-law, Pearl Blay, sister, Patti Whitman, sisters-in-law Gloria Lopez and Dixie Whitman, brother-in-law Gordon (Alice) Blay, and nine nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Wanda, father-in-law, Gordon Blay, siblings Bill and Nancy Whitman, brother-in-law Lee Lopez, and one nephew.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 2 pm, on Saturday, February 2, at Cottonwood Assembly of God, 20404 Gas Point Rd, Cottonwood, CA 96022.
Published by Redding Record Searchlight from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2019.