Robert Tony Garcia was born on June 17, 1947, in Glendale, Calif., to Francisco and Alicia (Fritz and Alice) Garcia, who emigrated from Aguas Calientes, Mexico.
Robert died on Nov. 27, 2020.
Fritz was a master craftsman cabinet maker for the Santa Fe Railroad. The family lived in Pico Rivera, Calif. Known as Roby to his family and Bob to many more, he had many interests including academic achievements, sports and fast cars throughout his years and graduation from Pioneer High School in 1965.
Joining the U.S. Army in 1966, Bob served in combat in Vietnam and was honorably discharged as a tech sergeant in 1968. After marrying high school sweetheart Marilyn, they were blessed with Kristina and Joseph. They parted amicably after 11 years. Later, Bob married Kathy and Michael was born, however, their marriage didn’t last.
Bob earned his bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from California State University at Los Angeles, and worked in many types of industries. His final position while in Southern California was as purchasing manager for Solo Enterprises, a manufacturer of aircraft, missile and weapons components, as well as fine golf clubs.
Bob met Rose Marie in the early 1980s. They married and lived in Hacienda Heights, Calif. Marie’s daughters, Denise and Dina, were welcomed to the family. Sadly, in 1999, Marie’s long battle with cancer ended. During that time, they had attended the Wellness Community in Pasadena, a cancer support group. That is where Bob met Pat in a subsequent transitions group. She’d joined when her late husband passed away in 2000. Bob and Pat married in 2004.
Moving to Mariposa in 2007, they assisted Pat’s mother as she lived through her 90s, and Bob’s new careers took off. He worked for Ponderosa Basin Mutual Water Company as a water operator for five years and he joined the Ponderosa Basin Volunteer Fire Station Co. 32. He relished his new responsibilities as a medical first responder, and in many other capacities from 2007-2017. In addition to participating in other community organizations and activities, Bob served as a member trustee of Ponderosa Basin Chapel for three years.
Bob passed away suddenly at home, attended to by our local emergency fire responders. He is survived by his first wife Marilyn, his current wife Pat, brother Frank, son Michael, step-children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Anita, two wives and his children, Kristina and Joseph.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at Ponderosa Basin Chapel on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 at 11 a.m., which may be live-streamed on Facebook.com/pbchapel, followed by a graveside service at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Mariposa at 2 p.m. Adhering to all appropriate social distancing protocols will be greatly appreciated.