Robert “Bob” Sydney Pattison passed away on July 30, 2010 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Moab, Utah with his family at his side. He died from complications related to his recent battle with cardio pulmonary disease, emphysema and cancer.
Bob was born on Feb. 16, 1939 in Leeds, England, to the late John Robert Pattison and Renee Guy Pattison.
Bob grew up in Darlington, England. He graduated from the University of Durham, King’s College in Newcastle, England in 1963 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in mechanical engineering and metallurgy. He pursued his career by taking a position with Anglo-American Corp. in the Zambian Copperbelt, Africa.
Following eight years in Zambia, he moved to North America, where he lived for a brief time in the Yukon, Canada before finally settling in Moab, Utah in 1974. Bob was hired as plant superintendant and later rose to the position of manager of the Rio Algom Lisbon Valley uranium mine and mill, where he oversaw the last years of operation and the eventual decommissioning of the site in 1992.
In semi-retirement Bob was an engineering consultant for many different radiation reclamation projects; most notably, was the Atlas Corporation mill tailings reclamation in Moab. Bob was appointed by former Gov. Mike Leavitt to the Utah Radiation Control Board, where he served from 2002 through 2007.
He was a gifted engineer and practical problem-solver whose devotion to his profession went well-beyond simple employment. Bob dedicated his life to constant learning and the pursuit of knowledge, which continued through his final days.
At the same time, Bob was also an open and welcoming friend who always had a story to tell from one of his numerous life adventures. Bob adored his wife Dot and doted after all his grandchildren. Bob 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.
Bob’s commitment to public service was evident through his membership in the Moab Lions Club, where he twice served as local chapter president. Over the last 35 years, Bob worked on many community projects, such as breakfast fund-raisers, community calendars, and the Sight First program to fight blindness.
Bob 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 wife Janet) Pattison of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter, Lynda Pattison (and husband Chris) Jensen of Price, Utah; son, Paul Gavin (and wife Brione) Pattison of Charlotte, N.C.; and his beloved grandchildren, Whitney Day, Nicole Pattison, Devon Day, Marietta Pattison, Charlotte Pattison, Ryan Jensen, Tanis Jensen, Matti Jensen; and a host of other family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Spanish Valley Mortuary, 386 North 100 West, in Moab.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Livestrong.org or the Lance Armstrong Foundation Endowment, Grand County Hospice, Moab Lions Club or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.