Robert Bruce "Bob" DONEGAN Jr.
DONEGAN, Jr., (USN Ret), Robert "Bob" Bruce Robert "Bob" Bruce Donegan, Jr., (USN Ret), SPHR, MBA, MSHRM, MSM, 60, of Chula Vista, CA, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. He was born on August 19, 1956 in Fort Eustis, Virginia to Robert Bruce Donegan Sr. and Myra Nell Robinson Donegan Wise. Bob had many occupations in life, but his most notable, the one he had the most passion for, was as a United States Navy Seal. Bob loved the Navy and he loved his country; and dedicated 20 years of his life to the service of this great country. He was a graduate of the United States Navy Seal Class #89, the class that coined the phrase, "The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday." He lived his life by this motto. During that time, he traveled the world and got to see things most people could only dream about. The stories he brought back with him are and remain cherished family treasures. As a BUD/S instructor, Bob had the opportunity to touch the lives of so many other service members who went on to become SEALS themselves and contribute to society in so many great ways as a result of Bob's mentorship and training. During his service, he earned his bachelor's degree to become an officer. He furthered his education by earning three master's degrees in business and became a Lifetime Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. Following his retirement, he went on to work as an executive at several large Fortune 500 firms on the east and west coast. Bob loved the outdoors; and could often be found practicing his martial arts, swimming, camping, and hiking. He also possessed the special ability to fix just about any broken car and get it running again; or anything else that was broken for that matter. Bob loved learning, and he loved a challenge. His entire life was spent teaching; and he taught his children and grandchildren the ropes of life through what he called "tests". During his later years, his most prized occupation was that of "Papa". Bob touched the lives of his 13 grandchildren through the love he had for them and his overall love of life. His stories of world travel and intrigue, are sure to be some of their most cherished memories that will live on through the hourglass of time. Despite the extreme physical pain he felt, Bob would spend countless hours on the floor with the grandchildren showing them all of his many treasures he had accumulated from his time traveling the world as a SEAL. Bob was raised in Santa Rosa and graduated from Montgomery High School in 1974. Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Myra Nell Wise and his brother Steven Donegan. Bob is survived by his wife Bonnie of 35 years, daughters, Marie, Brenda, Emily and Kirstine, sons, Robert (III), Curtis, Ben, and George, sons-in-law, Rafael Quijano and Arthur Fonseca, daughters-in-law, Erika Donegan and Katrina Donegan, and 13 loving grandchildren. He is also survived by his father, Robert.B. Donegan, Sr., step-mother Doris J. Donegan, two sisters, Lisa and Pam, brother, Mark, honorary brother Mike Robinson and his wife Kathy of Santa Rosa, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend to all. He was a truly selfless man who loved and held his family very close. Bonnie is and remains the rock that kept Bob tethered to the shore; a love story carved eternally in the records of time. As many who knew him will attest, Bob was "The example of a force of will." He was a man of the highest moral integrity and principles. Bob was more than a hero; a legend, a man who never quit. He fought until the very end. He will never be forgotten nor will the legacy he leaves behind. A small family memorial was held on January 10, 2017 at Glenn Abby Memorial located in Bonita, CA. Here is the link to the memorial site for those who wish to leave a message for his family. http://m.legacy.com/guestbooks/DignityMemorial/guestbook.aspx?pid=183252425&n=robert-bruce-donegan Bob was a selfless guardian of his family and his greatest wish would be to find a cure for his youngest daughter, Kirstine. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the National MS Society, http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?pg=fund&fr_id=7541&pxfid=504375 .
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