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April 14, 2024

Obituary: Robert Beatty (1937-2019)

Robert E. Beatty, known to all as Bob, entered the gates of heaven on May 7, 2019 in San Jose at the age of 82.  

He was born in 1937, the fourth of seven children of Lynn and Hazel Beatty of Los Gatos.  He graduated from Los Gatos High School in 1954 and then San Jose State College where he became accomplished in his study of civil engineering and music.  Upon graduation he served in the Army as a Lieutenant, stationed in Virginia and later Kentucky. When his Army service was complete, he began his career by joining his father and two brothers at Western Gravel in Campbell.

In 1962 he married Patricia Chilton of Richmond, Virginia.  Bob and Pat settled in Los Gatos where they raised their two children, Janice and John.  Patricia passed away in 1993 leaving her mother in Bob’s care.

Bob was passionate in his faith in Jesus Christ as a decades-long member of Calvary Church in Los Gatos and he served in many capacities in the Calvary Community.  It was through the Calvary church that he later met and married Mari Boitano, and together they built a happy family-and-faith centered life.

Bob loved spending time with his friends and family.  He loved fishing and reading and good long chats about the physical world, the wonders of life, caring for our families and friends, and our spiritual well-being.

Bob was a professional engineer and lifelong member of the Bay Area construction materials industry. He worked for the family-owned Western Gravel Company in Campbell and successor companies Conmatco and Raisch Products until his retirement in 2007. He was widely recognized as an expert in materials design for ready mixed concrete and asphalt concrete and an active member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), California Asphalt Paving Association (CalAPA), as well as a member of the Caltrans Materials Technical Committee.

Bob is survived by his wife Mari, his children John and Janice, son-in-law Dave, step-children David and Kaylen, six grandchildren and three sisters.  He also leaves a large extended family and many friends who loved and respected him for his warmth, intelligence, humor, faith and kindness. In addition to Patricia, he was predeceased by his parents and three older siblings.

A memorial service will be held on June 8 at 1:00 pm, Calvary Church, 16330 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA.  In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may direct contributions in his name to the Salvation Army or the Calvary Church Benevolent Fund.