WHITED, BOB An outdoor memorial service is scheduled at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005 in Anza-Borrego Desert Park for Borrego Springs resident Bob Whited, who died suddenly Jan. 23, 2005. Bob's beloved 1956 red Ford pickup will be central at the Borrego Palm Canyon amphitheater where all who knew him are invited to share memories of the man known as a free spirit with a quick wit and generous nature. Bob and wife Arline ran several Borrego businesses that evolved into Whited Enterprises.
A jack of all trades, Bob was self-employed in many of them during his adult life. From firefighting and "dirt work," to plumbing, contracting and inventing, he did it all. Born August 29, 1944 in Cincinnati, Bob was the fourth son in a family that later included a younger sister. The family moved to the Lakeside/Alpine area and went into poultry ranching when he was 3. The rural life nourished Bob's strong love of nature, especially the mountains. He and Arline married in 1978. As Bob's sister-in-law said, he loved Arline "with every ounce of his being." Bob was also passionate about the National Hot Rod Association; he assisted with the Safety Safari team at Pomona Raceway. In addition to Arline, Bob's survivors include his daughters Traci and Trisha Whited; stepsons John and Michael Rice; siblings Gene (Barbara) Whited, Donald (Joann) Whited, Ronald (Margaret) Whited, and Bonnie Sue (Tom) Curley; aunt and uncle Carl and Beverly Whited; grandchildren Marcus and Annella Rice; plus many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Ocotillo Wells Volunteer Fire Dept., 5841 Hwy 78, Borrego Springs, CA 92004.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on February 1, 2005