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Robert Stephen Letendre
September 9, 1960 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 63) 63 Years Old
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Robert “Bob” Stephen Letendre took his last breath on January 20th, 2024, surrounded by his family and
supported by countless friends. Bob was born on September 9th, 1960, in Newport Beach, CA. He grew
up as a military child, moving throughout the US and Japan before arriving in Yuma, AZ in 1974. Shortly
after moving to Yuma, Bob met the love of his life, Brenda Bender, at age fourteen. She became his wife
in 1979, and they were happily married for 44 years.
Bob graduated from Kofa High School in 1978, as a star football player (#41). Bob was a lifelong fan of
the Boston Red Sox and the Miami Dolphins and had been passionate about youth sports since he
coached his first peewee football team in 1980. Over the years, he coached football, soccer, and
baseball before he became involved with Yuma Inline Hockey for over 20 years. He also spent nearly
that long back in high school football as a member of the Yuma Catholic football “chain gang.” Bob was
proud to have positively contributed to the lives of hundreds of youth athletes he coached and
mentored over the past 40 years.
Bob was known as the Pepsi guy from his early years delivering soda to commercial accounts, and the
Kawasaki guy from his many years as owner of Kawasaki/Suzuki of Yuma. He was a general contractor
and took satisfaction in helping families build and remodel their homes. He spent years in commercial
construction with Pacific Steel, and always enjoyed the challenge of the next big project. He had several
years as Executive Director for Quechan Housing, finding personal fulfillment in helping to develop and
manage housing programs for tribal members, and more recently he had the honor of doing the same
for Cocopah Indian Housing.
He led a full and busy professional life, and found his work family in every position he held, but nothing
brought Bob more joy than his life and family at home. He was Coach; he was the Big Kahuna; but his
favorite title was Papa. He loved spending time with his beautiful grandchildren, golfing, and traveling
with his wife, and being surrounded by countless friends from all stages of his life.
Bob is survived by his wife, Brenda; sons, Robert, Matthew, and Kyle (Danielle); his daughter-in-law,
Brittany; three granddaughters, Jacey, Elisabeth, and Lily; and grandson, Arlo. Bob is also survived by his
sister Jacklyn Green (Randy), brother Stephen (Janet) Letendre, aunt Jacqueline Morrissette, mother-in-
law, Marilyn Thornbury; father-in-law, Ronald Bender; brothers-in-law, Mark Bender (Vickie), Phillip
Bender (Jeanna); nieces Jessica, Erica, Christina, and Samara; and nephews, Brian, Timothy, Parker,
Tyler, and David. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Hiroko Letendre, and stepfather-
in-law, Billy D Thornbury.
Bob’s impact on this world exceeded the 63 years he spent with us. His laughs, stories, Bob-isms, and
never-ending supply of movie quotes will entertain generations to come. We will be celebrating Bob’s
life and memory on Friday, January 26th at 2:00pm at Arizona Western College’s Schoening Conference
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you consider a donation in his honor to your favorite local youth sports
organization or non-profit organization.