Robert "Bob" Whitworth
Published in the adn.com from 8/24/2008 - 8/25/2008
Sterling resident Robert
Whitworth, 72, died Aug. 4, 2008, at his winter home in Goodyear, Ariz.,
of metastatic liver cancer, diagnosed just one month earlier.
A celebration of life will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 in the Kenai Room at ChangePoint
Church in Anchorage. All who knew Bob are invited to share a thought or
treasured memory. The Rev. Dan Jarrell will officiate. A reception will
Bob was born July 7, 1936, in San Diego to Gerald and Meretta Whitworth.
He graduated from San Diego High School in 1954.
Bob met Dolores Benson, the love of his life, and they were married on
Feb. 19, 1960.
Bob had a lifelong passion for baseball. His first day out of high school,
he began playing professional ball for a "farm club" of the
Cleveland Indians. He later played for the U.S. Marine Corps and the Kansas
After the 1960 baseball season ended, he got a temporary job at a Longs
Drugs store, which lasted 35 years to the day. He began as a photo department
clerk in San Diego and was later transferred to several Northern California
stores as a manager.
In 1977, he moved his family to Anchorage to open a Longs store and ultimately
became the area manager for Alaska. He retired on Aug. 31, 1995.
After his retirement, Bob and his wife spent summers at their home on
the Kenai River in Sterling and winters at their Pebble Creek golf resort
residence in Goodyear.
While living in Anchorage, Bob coached Service High School baseball. Until
his death, he worked part-time as a scout for the Houston Astros. Bob
also enjoyed golfing and fishing and served as a consultant to several
manufacturers of fishing rods and reels.
He is survived by his dedicated wife, Dolores; son and daughter-in-law,
Tim and Kelly Whitworth of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Lynnette
and Eric Boyer, and their sons, Birch, Caden and Blaise, of Anchorage;
brothers and sisters-in-law, Gail and Florence Whitworth of Dillon, Mont.,
and Jerry and Carol Whitworth of Mission Viejo, Calif.; stepmother, Pat
Whitworth and her family of Gore, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
For more information and photos, visit www.bobwhitworth.com.