In Memory

Rob Hiestand

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01/20/15 11:17 AM #1    

Nancy Torrey

Robert Arthur Hiestand
Son of Robert and Josephine Hiestand.
Rob Hiestand's youth was shaped by the mountains and valleys of California. Childhood trips to the mountains to hike and fish, visits with family and friends, participating in church activities and sports, playing with the pet dogs, reading, competitive debate, and playing the French horn all set the stage for his adult endeavors.
Born to a proud University of Southern California graduate, Rob grew up steeped in USC sports and long carried his father's legacy of "fighting on for ol' 'SC." He graduated from La Canada High School in 1973. Like his sisters, Carol, Nancy and Kathryn, he attended the University of California at Davis where he graduated in 1977. He went on to receive a Master's degree in Administration from the UCD Graduate School of Management.
In addition to being a poet and musician, Rob had a strong practical, creative and entrepreneurial quality. He sold his own hand-crafted leather goods at craft fairs, worked the night shift at Safeway in Mammoth Lakes, California and later opened retail stores there--Minaret Tea and Tobacco and Wine Street. He loved skiing and Mammoth had the steep and deep. Summers in Mammoth meant time for another prized hobby--fly fishing. 
From Mammoth he moved on to managing his brother-in-law's cheese factory in northern California. It was then that he met Terry Offutt, the love of his life. They were married on March 24, 1990, their lives woven closely together in mutual love for their Lord, family and friends. They spent the next 23+ years together, working, playing and fulfilling their dream of raising a family.
Traveling to Bulgaria to bring home his daughters, Zlatca and Katia, was the highlight of his life and traveling to China to bring home his son, Ru Sheng, brightened that light. Rob felt truly blessed to have such a wonderful family. And the world was blessed by him, a man who showed generosity and compassion towards others, every day.
Rob's 33 years as a business partner at the Park Cafe and Grocery in St. Mary, Montana were times of great challenge and greater triumph. Rob thrived on retail work and was sustained by the glory of having Glacier National park at his doorstep. There, in the shadow of the Continental Divide, he started many mornings by sharing a walk with his beloved dog, Bosco.
Throughout his life, Rob had a great sense of humor that brought joy to us all and his faith in God was an inspiration. God has welcomed him to Heaven with open arms and we trust that he has found peace there.
A memorial to honor Rob is planned for Thursday, April 24, 1 p.m., at Bridgepoint Church, 2530 S. Broadway in Boise, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a college fund for the children. An account has been set up for the children in Terry Hiestand's name. The bank is Washington Federal, 575 East Franklin Road, Meridian, ID 83642.

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01/21/15 12:36 PM #2    

Kathryn Hiestand

Wow Nancy, Thanks for posting the obit of Rob.  I didn't even think of doing that.  Our family misses him very much.  Life has taken a very sad turn.  I feel quite alone having lost my twin, but we carry on.

01/22/15 08:56 AM #3    

Linda Rose (Westby-Gibson)

I appreciate the post of Rob's obituary and had been wondering about what had happened to him. I remember him from the classes we were in together at LCHS and how funny he could be in class!  We all loved that about him.  My thoughts and prayers are with Rob's family and friends. 

Linda Rose Westby-Gibson


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