THOMPSON FALLS - Robert "Bob" L. Beitz, of Thompson Falls, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, at his home with loved ones by his side, from complications of melanoma.
Bob was born in American Falls, Idaho, May 6, 1948, to Bob and Beverly Beitz, the oldest of four children.
After graduating from American Falls High School in 1966, he went on to further his education at the University of Idaho in Moscow. At the U of I, he graduated with a BS degree in zoology and continued studies in archaeology, which led him to the San Juan Islands and his love of the ocean.
In 1978, Bob moved his family to Thompson Falls and began working for the Forest Service, and then became supervisor for County Weed Control.
In 1979, he was appointed City Judge of Thompson Falls and was elected Justice of the Peace in 1982, serving seven consecutive terms.
Bob met Vickie, the love of his life, and married her Sept. 25, 1982, officiating their ceremony at the White Pine Church. They combined their families and together raised their six children.
Bob loved spending time with this family; camping, fishing, traveling, playing games, reading, and listening to music.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Vickie Beitz of Thompson Falls; four sons, Richard Parcher of Kennewick, Wash., Rodney Beitz of Post Falls, Idaho, Cody Beitz of Kennewick and Steven (Heather) Beitz of Lolo; two daughters, Gina Becker of Spokane and Tara (Mark) Perkins of Las Vegas; and seven grandchildren, Derrick, Kapone, Madrona, Alex, Peyton, Karsen, and Nicholas. He is also survived by his brother Jon Beitz; and two sisters, Linda (Dennis) Fairchild and Kathy Wall.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Beverly Beitz, and grandson Robert Adam Beitz.
A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Thompson Falls High School Gymnasium with Pastor Gaylund Olson officiating.