Robert Leslie (Bob) Jarmon Jr.
Robert Leslie (Bob) Jarmon Jr. was an engineer by training and a poet at heart. During his 96 years, he had a successful career as a sales executive and was an adored family man with an insatiable array of interests.
Bob was born in Elgin, where his father owned the Texaco station and garage. He passed away on April 2, 2021.
As a boy, Bob helped his father ferry vehicles to and from the shop, instilling his passion for driving road trips. He said he could identify a vehicle’s make sight unseen by the sound of its running engine.
He was proud of the heritage of both his Swedish-immigrant maternal grandparents and his fraternal family from England. He was especially close to his paternal grandfather, A.J. Jarmon, who taught him many things, including how to find his way in the country.
Bob’s younger sister, Dorothy Jarmon Davis, of Houston, recalled him spending hours playing in Elgin’s brickyards with his friends, the sons of workers. In high school he wore No. 87 and played for the Elgin Wildcats. His gridiron days stayed with him as a lifelong fan of the University of Texas Longhorns.
Bob was a freshman University of Texas engineering student when he joined the Navy. He attended Notre Dame University during officer training. He was later stationed in San Francisco and Seattle, where he ferried supplies between West Coast naval bases and Alaska.
Although he wanted to settle in the Pacific Northwest, he returned to Austin to complete his degree in aeronautical engineering. While enrolling in a piloting course he met Margaret (Peg) Brinton, who was working as a secretary in the department. They married in 1949.
After graduating, Bob worked for McDonnell Aircraft Corp. in St. Louis, but didn’t like doing the same thing a roomful of other young engineers were doing. He became a plastic injection molding authority with a long career with companies including plant manager at Wyatt Industries in Houston before becoming a senior executive with U.S. Industries and later Fibergrate Corp. in Addison, Texas.
In “retirement” Bob and Peg moved to Boerne, Texas, where he worked into his 80s as an independent sales consultant for Bee Jay Molding Inc. in Boerne and others.
In recent years, Bob marveled at how daring he had been in his youth. On one flight to Waco, he found himself alone on the airstrip and needed to restart the plane’s engine. He positioned himself on the front landing gear and turned the prop by leaping downward.
Bob was also a sailor, worked with ceramics and stained glass and wrote poetry. He perfected blacksmithing skills and passed them on to Boerne-area youth, appreciating the adjectives they used like “gnarly.”
Bob and Peg moved to Austin in 2018.
Bob is preceded in death by his wife; a daughter, Carol Jarmon Lozano; a son, Thomas M. Jarmon; and a sister, Alice Lynn Jarmon Brandt.
He is survived by a son, David Jarmon; a daughter, Elizabeth (Betsy) Simnacher; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Graveside services will be private, with a celebration of Bob’s life planned when travel is safer.