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A4 PALO VERDE VALLeY TIMES, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Obituaries Athlete of the Week

Robert Earl Bacus
May 11, 1939-April 7, 2017
PVHS lightning bolt: Matthew Crawford
With loved ones at his By Cathyleen Rice
bedside in Prescott, Times Reporter
Arizona, Robert (Bob) Earl
Bacus crossed over into the
light on April 7, 2017. His Favorite Pro Athlete:
family wishes to extend Luke Kuechly
heartfelt thanks to the Favorite Music Art-
nurses and staff at the ist: The Migos
Margaret T. Morris Center, He smiles while he
Maggies Hospice, and the stretches his legs, then
Good Samaritan Marley
House for the extraordinary looks back as he sets his
care provided to Bob left foot inside the block
throughout the last months, on the track.
days, and hours of his life. He smiles again as
Their professionalism, his right hand stretches
kindness, and concern for both Bob and those of us who back in reach of the ba-
loved him cannot be overstated. We are most profoundly ton.
grateful. Still, no matter how
much he smiles, Mat-
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his sister thew Crawford always
Mary Jean Hodgson (2003) and his first wife, Patricia
Lucille Freitas (2010). He is survived by his brother, finds himself coming
James Thomas Bacus of St. George, Utah; his second in first or second place,
wife, Connie Heater Bacus (formerly of Blythe, Ca.) now crossing the finish line.
residing in Prescott, Az. ; two children from his first He said he knows he
marriage: Warren Albert Bacus and Trudy Lynne Bacus needs to shave off a few Photo by Cathyleen Rice/Palo Verde Valley Times
(Passehl) of Montrose, Co; four grandchildren: Rebecca seconds, but still he Crawford was definitely made to run. As a 200m sprinter, its a thrill to go fast and close
Bacus (Findorff) of Springfield, Mo., Amanda Passehl
(Samples) of Montrose, Co., Chandra Passehl of Grand knows hes as quick as a the distance between where he starts and the finish line.
Junction, Co., and Jordan Passehl of grand Junction, flash of lightning.
Co; son-in-law Neil Samples of Montrode, Co., and six Competing in the pushes himself past his like golf, so I decided to shot put and hopefully,
great grandchildren. 100m, 200m and the 4x100 limits, breathe deeply go out and do track. maybe Ill be a whole lot
sprint, Crawford can run and pump his way to the What are your goals better at that. Probably.
He was born May 11, 1939 in Garden City, Kansas to a 11.95 in the 100m and a finish line. for the remainder of Well have to see.
Jean Oswald Bacus and Ivah Kathryn French Bacus. 24.67 in the 200. Graduating in less this season? Whats something
Bob was the youngest of their three children. He
attended grade school and high school in Nucla, Hes the third leg on than 22 days, Crawford Be faster! Im trying you look forward to
Colorado, and later studied at Western State College in the Palo Verde High shared what life on the to run like an 11.5 in the once your cleats meet
Gunnison. As a young man, Bob built power line in School boys 4x100 team track is like before it all 100m sprint. Hopefully, the polyurethane?
South Dakota before returning to Colorado to marry and and he gives it his all, as ends so soon. Ill make it to CIF, but Being with my team-
begin raising a family. he hurriedly paces him- What do you enjoy IVL is fine with me. mates. I love to run, I
self to the finish line. most about track and Do you see yourself like being with them and
Bob moved from Colorado to Blythe, California in 1965
where he took a job working as an electrical lineman for Crawford said, run- field? as a college or pro ath- its always a good time.
Southern California Edison Company. He worked for ning is my life. I just like to run. I like lete in track? Even when were mad
SCE for 29 years, ending the last 15 years of his career He said working out the speed of it all. Maybe not in the 100 or with each other and yell-
as a line crew foreman before retiring in 1994 empowers his body to How did you get 200m, but Im trying out ing, its still fun.
be strong and he stays started with track and
In 1974, Bob met and married long time Blythe resident ready to run his best field?
Connie Heater. Bob and Connie continued to make their around the track. Oh well, my mom used
home in Blythe for the next 39 years before retiring to
live at their cabin in Prescott, Arizona in 2013. Therefore, to be the to run the 400m sprint,
best he can be, and to so she turned me onto
Throughout his many years in Blythe, Bob was a loyal give the best him pos- the idea. I was doing
and active member of Blythe Elks Lodge 1799. He was sible, he stays hydrated, golf, but I didnt really
a Life Member of the lodge and twice served as Exalted
Ruler (1972-73 and 1973-74). He also served as lodge
Secretary. Bob was named Blythe Elk of the Year (1997-
98) and Officer of the Year (1998-99). He could be found
every Tuesday night attending weekly lodge meetings.
He loved to cook and happily volunteered his time in the
Elks lodge kitchen whenever his help was needed.
Bobs chili verde recipe was a family and lodge favorite!

Bob began spending more time in Prescott after

Connies retirement in 2007. He became an active
member of the Prescott VFW Auxiliary,where he served
for a time as Secretary and regularly participated in
events and fund raisers. The VFW became his favorite
watering hole" and place to hang out and shoot pool
with his Prescott buddies.

Bob was a master woodcrafter and cabinet maker,

gourmet cook, radio remote control enthusiast, amateur
photographer, and an avid coin collector. He was
mechanically gifted and could build or fix anything, a skill
which frequently came in handy. In his younger days,
Bob loved boating and skiing on the Colorado River
where he could frequently be found cooling off after a
long hot day at work. Bob loved rock and roll music and
he loved it LOUD! Even at the age of 77, his favorite
band was AC/DC! As anyone who knew him could tell
you, Bob especially enjoyed sharing a beer or two and a
good game of pool with his friends at the Elks Lodge in
Blythe and the VFW in Prescott.

After retirement, Bob looked forward to visiting his

children and grandchildren in Colorado where they
enjoyed camping and trout fishing together. He and
Connie greatly enjoyed spending time at their cabin in
Prescott where Bob devoted many happy hours to
planting and tending his flower gardens. Watching and
photographing birds, raccoons, and other wild critters
from his front porch deck was one of his special delights.
Bob shared a lifelong love for animals of all kinds and he
had a special affection for cats. Cats seemed to love
him, too, and he was rarely without an adoring feline
companion in his lap or lounging beside him on the sofa.
Sweetie, his Himalayan kitty misses him greatly.

A devoted husband, father, and neighbor, there was

nothing Bob wouldnt do to help friends and family. He
was hardworking, never idle, always looking for a new
project to keep him busy. He was patient, kind, and
honest to the core with an old fashioned sense of honor
which made his word his bond. Bob was liked and loved
by all who had the privilege to know him. He was, quite
simply, an exemplary human being who will be fondly
remembered and deeply missed.

Bob arranged for cremation and didnt want a funeral.

He did, however, agree to allow a Celebration of Life
gathering which is being planned and will be held in
Blythe, California in the Fall of 2017, probably in
October. Notice and invitations to friends will be posted
once the date is finalized. Following the Celebration of
Life event, Bobs family will scatter his ashes in the
beautiful mountains of Western Colorado.

Condolences to Connie and family may be sent to 2125

Vista Ridge Rd., Prescott, Az. 86303. In lieu of flowers,
those who desire to honor Bobs passing are invited to Volunteer Opportunities Service Organizations Service Organizations Support Groups
make donations in his memory to Doctors Without
Borders, the American Humane Society, or the The Blythe Animal Shelter is Cub Scout Pack 442 Veterans of Foreign War Addiction Recovery Program
International Wildlife Fund. seeking volunteers to walk the 148 North 1st Street Meets post 2987 148 North 1st Street 700 N. Broadway
Please sign the guestbook at Wednesday's @ 6 pm Meets on the 1st Monday of Thursday Nights @ 6pm. dogs, brush & pet the cats,
groom the dogs, greet kindergarten thru 4th grade every month @ 6 pm
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Gary Lee Morgan Jr. more! California Women For
Agriculture Special Interest Groups
April 30, 1969 May 5, 2017 Apply at or Meets every 2nd Tuesday at 12 TOPS
After a long and difficult battle with stop by 245 S. Carlton. noon in the County Ag Building Men's Bible Study Meets Tuesdays at 6pm
a difficult illness, Gary left this earth Call (760) 921-7857 or Meets Thursday at 6 pm at the Nazarene Church
on May 5th. Gary had a heart of (760) 922-6111. at the Nazarene Church 131 N. 2nd St.
Rotary Club of Blythe
gold and would try to do what he Meets Wednesdays at noon 131 North 2nd Street
could for anyone. He Grew up in
Professional Groups at Steaks n Cakes Womens Groups
Blyth California, where he
graduated from Palo Verde High
9026 W. Hobsonway. Support Groups
School in 1987. He excelled in Blythe Chamber of Commerce Women's Bible Study
Meetings are every 3rd SOROPTIMIST AL-Anon Meetings Meets every Monday
every job that he held. He moved to INTERNATIONAL OF BLYTHE
Utah for a business adventure, Tuesday at 12 noon. Comfort 131 N. 2nd St. Tuesday 6-7 pm at 5:30 pm
Suites 700 West Donlon Street Meets first 3 Tuesday's of meets weekly For more info. 131 N. 2nd St.
where he opened Ink Trader in each month at 5:30 pm
Bountiful. Gary was a very talented call Bob (760) 574-0292.
at Steaks & Cakes
man. He loved to go camping,
watch movies, work in the garden,
Service Organizations 9028 W. Hobsonway Youth Groups
cook and loved spending time with his grandson. AA Local Survivor Group
Blythe Lions Club Men: Mon. 5:30 pm, Wed. 10 Boys Scouts Troop 429
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Jeramiah, Brothers Rodney (Rochelle), Manuel (Shay), BG,
Sisters Shellie (Brody), Tamara (Dusty), Six Nephews and

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In honor of Gary Lee Morgan Jr. we will be having a memorial
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