Bob passed suddenly and unexpectedly in Capitola from a massive stroke at the age of

89. Bob was born and raised in Oakland, CA and graduated from Fremont High School in

Oakland in 1940. Unable to enlist in the military due to a childhood surgery, he served his

country by working for Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego. Bob’s drafting skills enabled

him to design and draw instrument clusters for the PBY Catalina and B24 Liberator. After

the war, Bob was employed by Bechtel, the global engineering and construction firm. As a

lead draftsman in their San Francisco office, Bob worked primarily on dam and hydroelectric

projects. After leaving Bechtel, he moved to McCloud, CA near the base of Mt. Shasta. He

loved mountain living for 6 years until the cold winters forced him to move back south. Settling

in Capitola with his second cousin Rick, wife Pam and their kids, he lived out his life

with family and friends enjoying the temperate weather and sunny afternoons on the back


Bob was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting upland game birds in Idaho, fly fishing

(machined his own fly reel), backpacking in the Sierra’s, playing tennis, astronomy, sailing

on the San Francisco Bay and crewing on a square rigger in the Caribbean. In his 60’s he

started taking flying lessons. His log book showed he was six hours short of his first solo

flight and his private license. His favorite activity was snow skiing. A ski vacation in Europe

and skiing in the Sierra’s kept Bob fit enough to ski into his late 70’s. His last adventure

was riding his motorcycle starting in his 80’s. Bob’s numerous indoor interests were, reading

and following racing and the NHL. He loved to read and became an avid researcher with his

Dell Laptop and Google. He marveled at the volume and depth of information the electronic

age has brought us. He collected coins, stamps, downloaded and burned

his own classic western music CD’s with his Apple iTunes account, built

many highly detailed model aircraft and boats. He was also an accomplished

painter, guitar, ukulele and piano player. Bob also had an enormous

sweet tooth, he loved cookies and ice cream. Bob truly was a kind, gentle

and gracious gentleman with a, great sense of humor, an infectious smile

and laugh, along with a great intellect. He was held dear by everyone who

knew him. He will be sorely missed by everyone whose life he touched but

each of our lives are much richer for having known him.

Bob is preceded in death by his father Vernon and mother Mabel

Youngstom and older brother Jack. He is survived by his Cousins Bette

(Tomme) Thomsen of Helendale, CA, Carl Youngstrom of Sacramento, CA,

Rick and Pam Farren of Capitola, CA and their children, Jack(Brittany),

Robert (Samantha), and Rachel.Bob was a generous benefactor to many

deserving charities. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation

to the charity of your choice in remembrance of Robert V. Youngstrom.

A celebration of life will be held at Bob’s home at 811 Sir Francis Ave.,

Capitola on Sunday, October 28th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Wherever you

may be Sunday afternoon, at 4:00 please take a moment to reflect or raise

your glass in memory of Uncle Bob.