Bob moved to Big Bear from Fountain Valley back in 1991 with his wife, Debbie, and their
two daughters. He purchased Mercer Tire from the original owner Lee Mercer when it was
in its original location just south of AM/PM and the feed store. He quickly learned the business
and took it from a one employee business to its hay-day back in the mid '90s with as many as
eight employees when it moved to its current location on Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear City.
Bob was a very flamboyant person, an incredibly hard worker with a sharp business mind.
He would also go out of his way and do anything for friends and family. He was a member of
the Chamber of Commerce, the Elks Lodge and F Troop and was very involved with community
affairs. He was a well known, well loved member of the community.
After moving out of Big Bear he settled his family in the Thousand Oaks area. While deciding
what to do for work, Bob began a new hobby of Para-Motoring. It wasn't long until he started
teaching lessons on it. He developed a company to suit his new found passion and called it
Paratoys. Paratoys developed world known products, and Bob soon became an icon in the
industry. He worked with Hollywood on some stunt sets. He hosted fly-ins in various locations
around the world. He taught famous people all the while growing this business venture. When
he was all done he had built the West Coast's largest Powered Paragliding company.
A few years ago he sold the company and moved to the Palm Springs area. He began renovating
a piece of property and continued to fly as a hobby. He was considered to be an authority on the
sport and an expert in the field. Although Bob and Debbie divorced, they stayed in touch over the
years as they continued to support their two daughters as they grew into adulthood.
On the morning of Wednesday June 8, 2011, Bob was flying a Sabre Trike Ultra-Lite plane at
about 100 ft. level near the Joshua Tree National Park area when it suddenly nosed over into the
ground. He succumbed to his injuries suffered in the crash on the scene at about 10:50 a.m. at
54 years of age. He died doing what he loved. He is survived by his two daughters, Mandi and
Rest in peace Bob. You will be missed by many.
Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 10:43 am
54 years of age. Bob moved his family to Big Bear Lake in 1990. He purchased Mercer Tire from the
original owner Lee. After 7 years Bob moved his family up to Oregon for a small period of time
eventually relocating in Thousand Oaks, Calif., around 1998. Bob began a hobby known as
para-motoring. After falling in love with his new hobby, Bob went on to become an instructor and offer
lessons; and over the next few years built the largest para-motor company on the West Coast. Bob
sold his company and eventually moved to the Palm Springs area where he continued to pursue
his love for flying and became known as an expert in the para-motoring field.
Bob went flying early Wednesday morning in a Sabre Trike Ultra-lite. For an unknown reason at
about the 100 foot level the plane turned downward crashing into the ground. Bob succumbed to
injuries sustained in an ultra-lite plane crash near Joshua Tree National park at 11:04 a.m. on June
8, 2011. Bob is survived by his former wife Debbie and two daughters. He will be missed.
"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011