Bob West passed away suddenly of heart failure on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006 at his home in Long Beach. He lived 64 adventurous years.
He was born in Long Beach on Jan. 22, 1942 and resided there until 1975.
Mr. West first worked with parents, Wendle and Beryl, at their ABC Press print shop in Signal Hill. He later served in the Air Force from 1960 to 1964, stationed in Japan. He continued on his many travels for six years with the Merchant Marines.
Because of his love of the outdoors, he moved to Idyllwild in 1975. It was there that he flourished in his lifelong career and passion as a carpenter and woodworker, and raised a family.
Mr. West eventually returned to long Beach in 1999 to be close to family. He continued working as a finish carpenter and was devoted to his hobby of restoring vintage trailers.
A memorial celebration is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 at 7021 Seawind Drive, Long Beach.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; two daughters, Jenny Pack and Jesse Sommerville; a granddaughter, Abbey; an expected granddaughter, Sydney; his mother, Beryl; a sister, Barbara Tobias; and man’s best friend Forrest.
Mr. West was a strong, vivacious and loving husband, father and pappy with an everlasting sparkle.