2015-04-02 / Obituaries


Robert W. Bryant, aged 86, passed away suddenly at home on March 22, 2015 in the evening.

He was born in Burbank on Jan. 6, 1929 to Willis Wilson Bryant and Mary Brown (Wright) Bryant, the third of their four children.

Robert grew up all over California, doing a man’s work at the age of 12. He was proud of his “Okie” roots, and his Cherokee heritage.

Dropping out of school in the ninth grade, Robert nevertheless continued a lifelong love of learning. At the age of 21, as an honorably discharged Coast Guard veteran of World War II, he went to work as a waiter at The Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite National Park, where he met and eventually married Betty Jeanne Schmidt.

Two sons later, and an eight-year stint as a Compton city cop, where he worked during the Watts riots, he and Betty moved back to the Mariposa area and Betty (Mrs. Bryant, for those of you who remember) taught freshman English and Spanish for many years.

The couple was married for 62 years, and in the last five years of Betty’s life, in her illness, Rob cared for her, and was with her.

He loved many things— his family, his friends, his country, his God. He was a gifted, creative mechanic, an avid gun collector, and a wonderful story teller, with himself the butt of most of his jokes. He loved to make people laugh.

Robert imbued his life, and those around him, with restless energy. He was happiest when planning a project, and then completing it.

This last year he fell in love and married again, and is survived by his widow, Mary Ann (Porter) Bryant of Mariposa, his sons, David of Clovis and Paul, who lives in Mexico, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and step-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 4 at 10 a.m. at the Mariposa Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution for our veterans through www.voluntererva. gov, to the California Central Region.

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I'm glad Robert had some time

I'm glad Robert had some time with his new love. May peace be with the family. Being in Arizona, I am unable to attend his service, but my thoughts will be there. Lee Thomas

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