August 7, 2019


G.R. "Seattle Bob" Lakin


Sept. 4, 1938 – Aug. 2, 2019

G.R. “Bob” Lakin was born in St. Joseph, Missouri and grew up in Tangent, Oregon. After gradation from Albany Union High School in 1956. Bob joined the U.S. Army. Upon returning to Albany in 1960, Bob met his bride-to-be, Judy A. Eskeli. After having three daughters, Vicki, Lori and Shirley, the Lakins packed their bags and started out on a new adventure.

Bob enrolled in Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. After graduation from LCC, they again packed their bags and moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where Bob received his bachelor’s degree from Oregon Technical Institute. Bob went to work for Caterpillar Corp. in Eugene and Salem, Oregon and retired from CAT in 1991 in Seattle, Washington.

Tired of the cold and wet weather in Oregon and Washington, Bob and Judy, now empty nesters, moved to Key West in 1993. Bob worked for the Key West Art & Historical Society. He loved the lighthouse, East Martello and the Custom House properties. Bob got to go to Canada with a crew to pick up the PT728 and worked as the engineer on her trip back to the Keys. What stories were shared about that trip!

Bob’s next career was with Key West Brewery until it closed in 2002. What a great life we’ve had. He was a super husband and one of the best dads ever. He always loved the opportunity to pick up one of the girls at the high school on his Harley. The teachers would come running to protect our children from this “rebel.” What a great ride we’ve had, wish it could have been extended at least until Oct. 1, 2019, our 59th anniversary, but God had other plans for our Bob.

Our thanks go out to the staff in ER and especially the ICU unit at Lower Keys Medical Center, what a family the ICU group became. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys or Michelle’s Foundation in Key West.