OBIT RobertBentley

Robert, ‘Bob’, Bentley, a resident of Los Altos for 41 years died on January 23, 2018. He was 91.

He was born on July 5, 1926, in Livermore, Ca. to Doris and Clyde Bentley. His family lived in Berkeley, Ca. where he attended Berkeley High and then graduated with a degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley. He served in WWII, providing troop transport in the Merchant Marines and then later joined the Navy Reserves.

He met his first wife, Patricia Grant Bentley at UC Berkeley. They lived in Lafayette, Ca. for over 20 years and raised 3 children together. He enjoyed music, sports, and hiking with his children.

He met his second wife, Elizabeth, ‘Betty” Hench Bentley in 1974, and they lived in Los Altos for 41 years. Bob and Betty were active in the community and loved walking through the downtown area; enjoying art, dinners in town, and concerts in the park.

Throughout his career, Bob was an active member of the AIA, held an active real estate license, and designed and developed both commercial and residential projects throughout the Bay Area.

Bob is survived by his 3 children: Grant (Yvonne) Bentley, Linda (Jeff) Jones, Bill (Angelina) Bentley: his 3 stepchildren: Anders (Catherine) Hench, Colleen Hench, Carolyn (Larry) Mindell: his 7 grandchildren: Brandon (Julia) Jones, Stephanie (Justin) Pollard, Trevor Bentley, Jordan Bentley, Kelsey Jones, Jameson (Megan) Bentley, Skye Bentley: his 2 step grandchildren: Dillon Hench, Cooper (Jill) Colescott: his great grandchildren: Hadley Jones, Aurelia Pollard, Hunter Jones, Juliet Pollard: his 2 step great grandchildren Hutton and Holly Colescott: his brother, Don (Connie) Bentley, and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Bob will be reunited with Betty Bentley at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto on Friday, March 16 at 11:30 PM. We will also have a Celebration of Life on March 17 at 4:30 PM in the Live Oak Room of the Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Rd., Lafayette, Ca. Friends and family are invited to attend both events.

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