Robert A. Powers
June 9, 2007
Long-time Park City resident, Robert "Bob" Powers passed away on June 6, 2007 in Payson, Ariz., after a three-year battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 73 years old.
Bob was born in Teaneck, New Jersey in 1934 to Victoire and Thomas Powers. His career in the Marine Corps as a Marine fighter pilot culminated in the rank of Major and an honorable discharge in 1964.
Bob’s love of flying led to a long and productive 30-year career in commercial aviation as a Captain for American Airlines. But his most enduring love affair was with the town of Park City.
Bob was a "BTL" (before traffic lights) resident who loved the close camaraderie of the town that persisted despite significant growth and changes over his 30-plus years living in Park Meadows. This passion for the town was based on his enthusiasm for skiing, tennis, golf and horseback riding as well as his enjoyment of his fellow Park City-ites and the beautiful outdoor lifestyle.
He was very committed to all aspects of life in Park City, ranging from gate keeping at the World Cup races and sponsoring young U.S. Ski Team hopefuls, to serving on the Park City Planning Commission for 5 years.
As a Captain for American Airlines, he commuted from Salt Lake to Dallas and Chicago, and never missed the opportunity to schedule his work and vacation schedules so that he could ski the entire winter. His many airline friends in Park City will remember his dedication, support and leadership of the North American Airline Ski Federation and his love of racing.
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His bowed legs, the search for the perfect skis, and his annual "yard sale" fall on the slopes never deterred "Uncle Bob" from competition. His daughters often teased him that his career in the airlines was one long dress rehearsal for retirement.
He enjoyed his post flying years to the greatest extent possible, but the onset of Alzheimer’s was very difficult for him. Although reluctant to leave his adopted hometown of Park City, he moved to Arizona two years ago to be closer to his family.
Bob is survived by his wife, Nat Thomas of Cottonwood, Ariz., his daughter Jennifer and her fiancé Jacek Wojtowicz and his daughter Tracy and her husband Gregory Hom, in addition to his many good friends in Park City. The family would like to thank all of Bob’s friends who rallied to his support over these past few years. The funeral will be held Weds., June 20 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Old Town followed by a graveside service with a Marine honor guard at the Park City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family knows that Bob would appreciate donations to the Alzheimer’s Association at http://www.alz.org.