Robert John (Bobby Jack) Gauthier
Robert John (Bobby Jack) Gauthier died peacefully in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10:30 am at St. Rita's Catholic Church, 10029 NE Prescott, Portland, Oregon.
Bob was born in Duluth, Minnesota to Jule and Mabel Gauthier on January 12, 1929. He left Duluth Cathedral High School to join the Navy in September 1947 and served through April 1951, receiving the World War II Victory Medal. He continued to serve his country on the USS Albany during the Korean War. He married Aggie Gauthier on August 4, 1951, at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Cloquet, Minnesota. He and Aggie raised 6 children, having moved to Santa Barbara, California in 1961.
He is preceded in death by his parents and stepfather Bill Olsen, along with sister Floradel and brothers Don and Bill. Also, his loving wife of 64 years, Aggie, who passed in 2015. Bob is survived by his wife of nearly 6 months, Althea Gray-Gauthier; 6 children and their spouses, Denise (Jim) Salvador, Tim (Tina) Gauthier, Lori (Jim) Staggs, Mike (Teri) Gauthier, Brian (Mary) Gauthier and Shana (Bryan) Redmond; 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren, with one on the way; and many nieces and nephews.
Following the Navy, Bob spent time as a soda jerk at Bridgeman's, he then was a baker and later worked for the Northern Pacific railroad for 15 years before moving to Santa Barbara and joining the State of California Police Force at UCSB, where he retired in 1975. He went on to work as a private polygraph examiner and finished his working career at Welch-Ryce-Haider Mortuary.
If you ever met Bob, you became a friend for life, as he never passed on an opportunity to strike up a conversation with anyone around him.
He valued his time, nearly 50 years, serving in the Elks of Santa Barbara and Gresham in local, as well as state wide offices. He volunteered as a devoted Catholic parishioner at St. Raphael's in Goleta, California, as well as St. Rita's and the Knights of Columbus.
His greatest joy was being surrounded by family and friends at a BBQ, especially with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, who all brought joy to his life.
His newly found love and wife, Althea Gray-Gauthier, will miss him dearly and their happy days together, especially while traveling.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Santa Barbara or Gresham Elks.
A celebration of Bob and Aggie's lives will be planned for Santa Barbara in summer 2018.