MOAB - Robert (Bob) S. Pattison passed away on July 30, 2010 at Allen Memorial Hospital, with his wife and daughter at his side.
Robert Sydney Pattison was born on February 16, 1939 in Leeds, England to the late John Robert Pattison and Renee Guy Pattison.
Robert grew up in Darlington, England. He graduated from King's College in Newcastle, England in 1963, where he began his career in mechanical engineering. Shortly after graduation, he pursued his career by taking a position with Anglo-American Corp. in Zambia to work in the copper mining industry. Following eight years in Zambia, he moved to North America where he lived for a brief time in the Yukon in Canada before finally settling in Moab in 1974. Robert rose to the position of Manager of the Rio Algom Lisbon Valley uranium mine and mill and oversaw the last years of operation and the eventual decommissioning of the site. In semi-retirement Bob was the consulting engineer for Atlas Mineral Corporation.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Brother Colin Pattison; granddaughter Sydney Ellen Day; and grandson, Sean Robert Pattison.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years Dorothy (Dot) Pattison; Son Graham Robert (and Janet) Pattison of Phoenix, Ariz; Daughter Lynda Pattison (and Chris) Jensen of Price; Son Paul Gavin (and Brione) Pattison of Charlotte, NC; and his beloved grandchildren Whitney Day, Nicole Pattison, Devon Day, Marietta Pattison, Charlotte Pattison; and a host of other family and friends.
He was a gifted engineer and practical problem solver whose devotion to his profession went well-beyond simple employment. Robert dedicated his life to constant learning and the pursuit of knowledge which continued through his final days. At the same time, Robert was also an open and welcoming friend who always had a story to tell from his life's adventures. Robert adored his wife Dot and doted after all his grandchildren. Robert had a passion for cycling, which included competing in road races in his youth, riding for pleasure in and around Moab, and following the professionals in the grand tours.
Celebration of Life: Saturday, Aug. 7, 2 p.m., Spanish Valley Mortuary, 386 N. 100 W., Moab.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers Livestrong.org or Lance Armstrong Foundation Endowment , Grand County Hospice or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com