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In Memory of

Robert Benedict Eastvedt

September 21, 1925 - March 3, 2015

Obituary


Bob Eastvedt was born in Riverside, CA on September 21, 1925 to Orville and Winnifred Eastvedt. He lived in Riverside with his parents and sister, Joanie until they moved to San Rafael, CA.
He was a happy and active little boy who did well in school and loved mathematics. Bob knew at an early age that he wanted to become an electrical engineer. After graduating from the University of California at Berkley in 1949, he took a job with the Bonneville Power Administration, at the electrical substation in Midway, WA. There he met Irene...

Bob Eastvedt was born in Riverside, CA on September 21, 1925 to Orville and Winnifred Eastvedt. He lived in Riverside with his parents and sister, Joanie until they moved to San Rafael, CA.
He was a happy and active little boy who did well in school and loved mathematics. Bob knew at an early age that he wanted to become an electrical engineer. After graduating from the University of California at Berkley in 1949, he took a job with the Bonneville Power Administration, at the electrical substation in Midway, WA. There he met Irene Van Cleef, fell in love and were married on July 28, 1950.
Bob and Irene bought a tiny house in Pasco, WA where they started their family and had three children; Deb, Steve and Chuck. Later they moved to Portland, OR and finally settled in Beaverton.
Bob had a very successful career with Bonneville Power working in transmission systems and design. He retired after more than 35 years of service. He then became a consulting engineer in Power Transmission Systems for Thailand, Malaysia, and other countries. This gave Bob and Irene a chance to travel the world and see places they would never have visited otherwise.
Stories about Bob.
When he was about 11 years of age, he met a girl named Norma Jean Baker, who later became known as Marilyn Monroe. He often took her to Sunday school on the handlebars of his bicycle and then to the Sunday matinée.
Bob and Irene's honeymoon destination was Glacier National Park, but when they reached Yellowstone, Bob came down with the measles. Irene drove home with Bob lying down in the back seat. Their honeymoon trip was destined to be completed 45 years later after retirement.
Bob was a great engineer but not much of a cook; one evening when Bob got home from work, he went to the kitchen and looked into a pot where Irene had placed some beans to soak in water. Thinking that Irene didn't have enough, he filled it nearly to the top not realizing that beans double in size. As a result, Bob and Irene ate beans for some time afterward.
Bob only admitted to being 29 years old. However, when his children reached 29, he changed his age to the mid-29's. When his grandchildren grew up, he changed his age again to the late-29's. He was forever 29'ish.

Bob and Irene's family include: Debra and Rod Cotten, Steven and Jackie Eastvedt and Charles and Linda Eastvedt. They have seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and one on the way.