Bobby Gene Whitlock, 64, of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Carlin, Nev., formerly of Glenns Ferry, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at SunBridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by his family.
Funeral services were conducted Monday at White Mortuary, "Chapel by the Park." Entombment followed at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum.
He was born Dec. 1, 1939, in Salinas, Calif., the son of James and Vera Jones Whitlock. His parents moved extensively while he was young, living in Idaho, California, and Nevada. He completed his schooling in Twin Falls.
He married Linda Clifford on Aug. 31, 1957, in Twin Falls, and they were later divorced. He married Patricia O'Connor Thompson on March 4, 1981, in New Orleans, La.
Bobby worked for Haney Seed Co. in Twin Falls for many years, and later was manager of the Haney Seed Plant in Glenns Ferry from 1974-1981. He later was manager of Redi Spuds in Glenns Ferry.
He built starting gates for horse racing for a time in Phoenix, Ariz., worked at Amalgamated Sugar Factory in Twin Falls, and worked for Newinont Mining Co. in Carlin, Nev., for 12 years until 2000. From 2000 until 2003 he worked in heavy construction in California.
While residing in Glenns Ferry he served as a city councilman for 10 years.
He enjoyed riding motorcycles, snowmobiles, rebuilding old cars, racing cars, drag racing, and anything to do with cars. He was an exceptional mechanic, capable of fixing anything, his family noted.
He was a member of the Catholic Church, the Twin Falls BPOE Lodge #1182,the Moose Lodge, and the Operating Engineers Local #3.
He is survived by: his wife, Patricia of Carlin, Nev.; 4 children, Denise (Doug) King of King Hill, Bobby Gene (Sheryl) Whitlock, Jr. of Twin Falls, Stephanie Nab of Gooding, Maureen (Steve) Miley of Boise; 7 grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and by one sister, Frances Blackwell of Glenns Ferry.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
The family suggests memorials to Special Olympics, 8426 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, Idaho 83704, Carlin, Nev., Humane Society, PO Box 969, Carlin, Nev., 89822 or City of Elko Animal Shelter, 1751 College Ave., Elko, Nev., 89801.