Robert Torp Obituary (1940 – 2022) – Yuma, AZ

Robert Donald Torp passed away peacefully in Yuma, Arizona on August 18, 2022.

Bob was born in East Ely, Nevada on May 7, 1940. Bob attended White Pine High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University in 1966. In 1962, Bob married Connie Deloris Olsen, College Ward, Utah . This marriage did not endure but did result in three fantastic children: Wade Robert Torp (Angela), Lisa Marie Reiser (William) and Dana Jay Torp (Kristi).

After graduation, Bob worked as a test engineer at Yuma Proving Grounds (YPG) in Yuma, Arizona where he met and became lifelong friends with Graham Stullenbarger. Bob left YPG for four years in the early 1970’s and worked at the Nevada Automotive Test Center near Carson City, Nevada. Bob returned to Yuma and worked at YPG for several more years until he fulfilled his lifelong dream of living in Alaska. Bob moved to Delta Junction, Alaska and worked at the US Army Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC). Bob later became the Chief – Technical Director of CRTC and served in that capacity until he retired from government service in 2002.

Bob was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served most of his adult life in various callings and assignments.

Bob loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing in Alaska. Bob spent every fall moose and caribou hunting all over Alaska. He especially enjoyed hunting with his good friend Earl Vegoren. Bob and Earl spent many happy times together hunting, swapping stories, and enjoying the great Alaska outdoors. Bob loved dogs and always seemed to have one around. Usually, they were mutts or shelter animals, and he named each one “Fang”.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary Edith Torp (Hansen) and Jens Wilford Torp, and his brother Wilford Carl Torp. Bob leaves behind his sister Janet Panagopoulos (George) of Ely, NV, and his children and nine grandchildren: Jennifer Raissi (David), David and Eric Torp; Sara Mushel (Joe) and Addison Tate; Larsen, Allyson, Erin, Susan Torp and two great-grandchildren, Helen and William Mushel.

A private family service will be held at the Logan City Cemetery, Logan, Utah. That is all you need to know … for now.

Published by Legacy Remembers on Aug. 22, 2022.

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