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Bob Colven


Bob Colven

our friend, father and respected community leader passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Loma Linda University Hospital. He'd found out only a month and a half prior that he had stage four liver cancer.

Born in Syracuse, New York, on July 15, 1938, Bob came out to California with his family at a young age. The Colven family lived in Sherman Oaks then Palm Springs where Bob graduated from Palm Springs High School in 1956 From there he went right into the military joining the United States Air Force where he served our country from 1957 to 1961. We thank him for his service. Since Bob was never one to wait around, he joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department upon his honorable discharge from the United States Air Force. He was with the department during the infamous Watts Riots in 1975. Along the way he served in the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and Palm Springs Police Department Reserves, and later joined the California Highway Patrol out of Indio, Calif. Bob served on the CHP until retiring from the force on Dec. 11, 1981. Splitting time between a home in Palm Springs and summer cabin in Big Bear, Bob and wife, Kim Colven, decided to make Big Bear their permanent home in 1987.Always the public servant, he sat on numerous Local Community Boards and Committees including the Big Bear City Community Services District Board (CSD) for 17 years, the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District Board, the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce, and the San Bernardino County Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO. 

He also found time to be a member of the East Valley Association, the Historical Society and sat on the Governing Board for the Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA) for 10 years. He had been a member of the Waste to Energy and Water Reclamation Committee as well as the County Solid Waste Task Force and the Big Bear Valley Human Services Committee. He loved animals, his family and friends, Big Bear and backyard barbecues. He donated to dozens of Veterans groups and wildlife charities and would volunteer as a cook for the local Police and Fire Departments. He liked to cook for a crowd and happened to make the best Pineapple-Upsidedown-Cake this side of the Mason/Dixon. He leaves behind his Daughter, his Son, his Cats Tera & Tahoe and a whole community of friends here in Big Bear. Bob Colven will be missed. Rest In Peace.A service is being planned for June 13 at 1 p.m. at the Riverside National Cemetery.


"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 3:40 pm | Updated: 3:41 pm, Tue Jun 4, 2013.
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper