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Friday, March 24, 2023
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~In Loving Memory of Robert Albert Garzini~
With heavy hearts, we share that our beloved dad, Robert Albert Garzini, has passed away. He was surrounded by his children when his big heart gave its all to the very last beat. Bob was born in Ukiah, CA on June 4, 1955 to his folks, Albert "Babe" & Louise Garzini. Bob attended St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Ukiah High School, Class of 1973, where he made many lifelong friends. He was raised on his family property, The Garzini Grape Ranch, which is located on top of Lake Ridge Drive, Est. in 1906. Bob was extremely proud of his Italian heritage and being a Christian.
The Garzini Ranch overlooks Lake Mendocino where Bob enjoyed many fun adventures throughout his life. He spent many hot summers on the lake enjoying fishing and water skiing with family and friends, riding dirt bikes and learning how to work. Bob was a master mechanic and could fix just about any engine or machinery to get it up and running smoothly again. He was also an incredibly talented carpenter and built many beautiful structures. Bob moved to Washington State in 1980 where he met and married Carol Louise Cochran and became an instant, proud dad to Kellie, Max, and Mandy. Not long after, they welcomed their son, Robert, and their daughter, Gina. In recent years, Bob learned to his delight, that he had another daughter, Chantel. He and his family welcomed her with love and open arms. While they lived in Washington, he started up his own successful business he proudly named, GARZINI Excavation & Trucking. Bob was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 3 and Iron Worker's Local 377 Unions. They eventually moved back to Ukiah to be closer to family. Until the day he passed, Bob lived on the family property and worked to uphold the family legacy on Garzini Ranch. He was delighted to share its beautiful views and his zest for life with the company of family and friends out on the deck while blessing them with Italian food- fresh caught abalone, salmon, and crab, to go along with his famous garlic bread! His smile was the biggest when everyone was smiling having a good time too! Life got even sweeter for him and his deep love grew even more when he became a grandfather to Carson, Mason, Jorsyn, Gage, Maverick & Robby. They all affectionately call him Oompa! Bob totally adored being their Oompa and often said that being the patriarch of such wonderful humans was the greatest accomplishment of his lifetime. He spent these last twenty years being the best dad & Oompa he could be to them! Christmas was a very special time for him when he brought big crabs to eat every year to his kiddos and grandkids in Arizona. Everyone always had fun cleaning and eating them together! He also enjoyed going to the Mendocino Coast and The Redwoods, often on his Harley. He would lend a helping hand to anyone in need without hesitation. Bob was a legend to many and revered greatly. Bob's family and friends miss him tremendously already and will forever. Bob was truly a renaissance man who lived and loved hard with all of his heart. Rest in peace, Dad. Our love is with you forever & ever, Amen. Bob is survived by his children- Rob Garzini (Morgan), Gina Garzini Taylor (Daniel), Chantel Higginbottom Jaime (Knox); grandchildren- Carson, Mason, Jorsyn, Maverick, Gage, and Robby; former wives- Carol Bogner, Barbara Hiskey and Carol West; “Lil Sis” Tina Salisbury, nephews- Scott, Ben, Wade, Sutton, niece- Katie Cook; first cousins- Ron Busch, Linda Sarenius, Kay Testa, Les Garzini, Cindy Garzini-Gomez, and many more cousins and dear friends. He was preceded by his father, mother, and sister, Shan Sutton. Also, his sweet dogs Pepper & Salty. Please join us to celebrate our beloved Bob and a life well lived, Friday 03/24/23 at 10:00 am at the Ukiah Cemetery Chapel, followed by a graveside burial.