Bobby Payte of Arvada, CO died October 27th, 2018, just 2 weeks after his 76th birthday in the hospital surrounded by family.
Bobby is survived by his wife Lois of 56 years marriage. His 4 children Suzie (Jerry) Madden, Robert (Rachelle) Payte, Jim Payte (preceded in death), Debbie (Steve) Ray. Many nephews, nieces, sisters and brother, grandchildren and great grandchildren..
Bobby was born in Wheat Ridge, CO. He was the 6th child of Leonard and Nellie Payte. There was Lena, Catherine, Delma, and Leonard, his fraternal twin Betty and then Bob. When he was 17 years old he started working at Wheat Ridge Disposal. Bobby was introduced to Lois at the Wadsworth Drive In by Betty his twin sister. They fell in love and were married at 19 yrs old. Lois was the love of his life. By the time they were 24 they had 4 children.
Bob loved fishing, hunting, camping and we all enjoyed swimming and the giant family camping trips where he and his mom would squabble about poking the fire. He was stuck a few times during our mudding and 4 wheel trips. He loved toys like uncle Dicks' alfiecat and his maroon Harley.
He was schooled and also worked on Diesels. Bob also worked at Shelton Elementary where he was happy to have grease free hands. He enjoyed the children and they called him Mr. Bob. He had a family Lawn Business where his children learned to take pride in your work, never do a 1/2 way - Do your best.
Among his cool things, he made a dump on his maroon 72 Ford to empty grass clippings so high his dog Patches rode proudly a top . Dad sang the Sneaky Snake Song to him. Dad loved dogs even as a young boy his dogs would show up at school and he would have to take them back home. There was Fearless, Patches, Gerty and last Shasta, his fishing buddy and creek hopper.
There would always be a pot of coffee and great jokes at this table. Countless people were blessed by his talents whether it was a engine to repair or remodeling of the kitchen, laying marble or sidewalks. If he saw a need he was there to help. He gave of his time. which included looking after and caring for his Aunt Alice - a testimony of his love.
He loved each one of us, that's one thing you'll know, he really was the best. You will never meet a finer man or friend. He is among the elite and truly a honor if you knew him. He will be greatly missed.
Bobby read the bible all the way through twice. He also listened all the way through it. It brought him peace and now has brought him home.