Robert Grant Mitchell


Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2004

Douglas resident Robert Grant "Bob" Mitchell, 86, died Feb. 8, 2004, at his home in Douglas.

He was born May 28, 1917, in Pennsylvania. He came to Juneau in the early 1960s, and he and his wife, Louise Blanton Mitchell, were married in 1965. They lived for many years at their family's home on Lena Beach Road, enjoying their boat, the Fishhawk, gardening and the pleasures of wildlife on the beach. In later years, they moved to Douglas.

He was an associate of Yukon Equipment; opened his own business, Glacier Equipment; and retired from the State Department of Revenue. An avid golfer, he was active in the Sandblasters (gold club) in the 1960s and 1970s and thereafter maintained a membership in the Juneau Golf Club.

Passionate about the Shrine organization, he participated in the annual apple sale fundraiser, could be seen at the mall in full clown costume and drove his miniature car in the Fourth of July parade. He was honored with the 33rd Degree of Masonry in 1999.

He was preceded in death by his wife.

He is survived by his three stepchildren, Alex "Sandy" Blanton of New York City, Susan Blanton Yancey of Coulee City, Wash., and Tom Blanton of Juneau, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be a small family service in the spring.

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