In Loving Memory of Robert Paul LeMarr
Robert Paul LeMarr, affectionately known to his family as Gogo, peacefully passed away at his home on September 15th, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of remarkable achievements and a lifetime of cherished memories.
Born on March 21, 1929, to Irene and Paul LeMarr in Denver, Colorado, Bob’s life journey began with a love for adventure and a deep appreciation for the simple joys of life. At the age of 11, his family relocated to Boulder, Colorado, where fate introduced him to his lifelong love, Lois Michener, who lived next door. Their enduring bond would shape the course of his life.
Both Bob and Lois pursued their education at the University of Colorado, where Bob joined the Acacia Fraternity and became the spirited drum major of the university’s marching band. His musical talents also led him to play the saxophone in his own dance band, enriching the campus with music and rhythm.
In 1951, during his senior year, Bob’s sense of duty called him to serve in the Air National Guard, and he was soon called to active duty. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Bob and Lois embarked on a new chapter in New Mexico, where Bob began his career as a sales representative for the Bowman Biscuit Company. Later, he co-founded an aerial surveying company in Santa Fe, solidifying his reputation as a visionary entrepreneur.
Seeking fresh opportunities, Bob and Lois relocated to Scottsdale in 1957. Here, Bob continued his surveying work with Maddock Engineers, eventually taking him to Central and South America, where he played a vital role in various government projects. His exceptional connections led to his appointment as the Honorary Consul for Ecuador in 1962, marking the beginning of a distinguished service within the Diplomatic Corps of Arizona, where he later served as Chairman.
Throughout his life, Bob remained devoted to his community. He co-founded the Men’s Art Council at the Phoenix Art Museum and served on numerous boards, including the DFA Foundation, Child Crisis Arizona (formerly the Crisis Nursery), the Arizona Kidney Foundation, the National Kidney Foundation, and the University of Colorado Foundation. Bob was honored by President Ronald Reagan with an appointment to the Advisory Board of the Peace Corps, recognizing his commitment to global harmony.
Bob’s dedication extended to his memberships at Paradise Valley Country Club, since 1966, and Wing Point Country Club on Bainbridge Island. He was also an esteemed Emeritus member of the International Wine & Food Society.
Bob is survived by his three loving children, Scott LeMarr (Teri), Judy LeMarr, and Rob LeMarr (Robin), as well as his cherished grandchildren, Michelle, Taber, Jacquie, and James, along with two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Capital Campaign (4455 E Lincoln Dr, PV 85253) or Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (3104 E Camelback Road, PMB 975, PHX 85016).
Bob’s enduring legacy lives on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. He will forever be remembered for his unwavering commitment to family, community, and the pursuit of excellence in all his endeavors.