Robert Mark Whittle, 66, passed away suddenly on October 5, 2022, in Paige Arizona from a brain aneurysm. He was doing what he loved (outdoor adventures), in a place he loved (Lake Powell) with the person he loved, his wife Joy.
Rob was born July 25, 1956, In Rigby, Idaho, the son of LaVar E Whittle and Arlene Fern Larsen. His parents were divorced shortly before his birth and he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Gary R. Bascom whom his mother married when Rob was 1½ years old. Just weeks before his death, Rob told his brother how blessed he felt to have been raised by good and loving parents in a caring and supportive family.
Rob always excelled in school and sports graduating from Orem High School where he played on both the varsity football and soccer teams and graduated with high honors. He then attended Dixie College for one year before proudly serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Canada Halifax Mission.
Upon returning from his mission, Rob completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and pursued a many-faceted career in that field. He joined IBM in 1984, and he was honored to be selected as IBM's National Rookie of the Year in System Engineering. Rob would then go on to work in several senior licensing and business development roles at industry-leading companies, including Motorola, General Electric, Honeywell and as a consultant at TechSource for The Los Alamos National Laboratory. He concluded his career as President and CEO of Studsvik Scandpower, a global leader in nuclear engineering software.
He married Annie Esposito Delgado in 1991. Rob and Annie are the parents of Steven, Jason (deceased), and Natalie. Natalie was “Daddy’s little girl,” and they enjoyed all kinds of outdoor adventures together. Rob and Annie divorced in 2006.
Rob married Joy Tanner on November 25th, 2016 in Riverton, Utah, and their marriage was later solemnized on June 8, 2019, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mt Timpanogos Temple.
He had a passion for skiing, canyoneering, riding dirt bikes and mountain bikes, and in the last eight years with Joy, shared all these adventures while also taking up wake surfing on Lake Powell. The years Rob and Joy shared together were full of life and love.
Rob is survived by his wife, Joy Tanner Whittle, her children and grandchildren; his children Steven Delgado and Natalie (Tyson) South; his mother, Arlene Bascom and step-father Gary Bascom, his brother, David Whittle; his Bascom siblings Loree (Bill) Bennett, Jana (Ron) Tuttle, Julie (Todd) Dyson, Michael (Jennifer) Bascom and Holly (Tom) Brandner. He is also survived by Whittle siblings Tammy (Evan) Willian and Linda (Greg) Norris. He is preceded in death by his son Jason Whittle, his father, LaVar Whittle, his stepmother Marion Whittle, and two Whittle siblings, Sherry (Lee) Holdaway and Randal (Vicki) Whittle.
In lieu of a public viewing, there will be a Celebration of Life with a light dinner on Sunday, October 16, starting at 4:30 at Timpanogos Cove Park, 9508 N Timpanogos Cove, Cedar Hills, UT. If you would like to join us, please click on the "Service Program'' link below to RSVP or go to Rob's Facebook page.. The funeral service for Rob will be held on Monday, October 17, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Cedar Hills 18th Ward, 10351 Bayhill Drive, Cedar Hills, UT. Burial will be in the Orem City Cemetery.
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