Robert James Crimmins Jr.

Oct 30, 1939 - May 8, 2022

Obituary

1939 – 2022

Robert James Crimmins Jr., 83, of Sacramento, California, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2022 surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at East Lawn Cemetery. The nondenominational service will be officiated by Pastor Tom Norvell.


Bob was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1939 and migrated to California in 1961. That same year, he married Gloria Lou Wood who joined him on his westward migration. Bob was at her side until the end, when she passed away in 2004 at age 59. While they were officially married 43 years, Bob’s heart was with her for the remainder of his life and he would put the count at 60 years. His first task on the other side will be to Google “Gloria tea.”

There is some consensus among those who know Bob best that he may be one of the most interesting men in the world; even those who did not know him well are in utter agreement that his personality was large and his energy effervescent. Writing a fitting tribute to Bob’s endeavors would require many pages but his life can be easily summed up as “family is everything” and he spent time with his daughter, sons and grandchildren virtually everyday. Beyond his job as the glue that united his family, Bob was these things too: serial entrepreneur, St. Bernard breeder, herbalist, philosopher, eucharistic minister, radio and television host, non-fiction author, rabbit farmer, honorable National Guard service, roffer, historian, jazz disk jockey, activist, and much more.

Some of Bob’s favorite pastimes were baseball (Go Giants!), old Western movies, golf tournaments on TV and hiking in the California foothills (most especially in and around Coloma.)

Bob was passionate about many causes and devoted much of his time and energies to making the world a better place. He used his platform on radio, television and magazines to educate, inspire and cajole his fellow human beings to join him in his missions. Two of the causes he was particularly passionate about were sharing California’s rich history with school children and training severely wounded soldiers who had lost (or lost the use of) their arms to use their voices to control computers so they could reconnect with family, friends and society in this increasingly digital world we all live in.

Bob is survived by his brother Roger, his sisters Beverly and Kristine, his daughter Kimberly, his two sons Robert III and Shane, his grandchildren Candace, Brandon, Annalise, Sarah and Bryce, his great-grandson Jay, his great-granddaughter Talia, and many other family members and dear friends. Bob is predeceased by his wife Gloria, his mother Mary, his father Robert Sr., his sister Mary and his brother Richard.

In addition or in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project at this address: https://app.giv.io/campaign/349/

Bob’s family is grateful to the healthcare professionals who saved his life many times and helped keep Bob healthy while he was here and his kind and generous neighbors who kept an eye on him and were always there to support him when he needed it.  

Eastlawn Cemetery

9189 East Stockton Boulevard
Elk Grove, CA 95624
916-732-2031

Guestbook

  • Steve Beck says:

    Bob was a wonderful man with an incredible thirst for knowledge and understanding. He was also strong proponent of education and a friend to educators everywhere. Using his talent, skills, and connections he made history videos about California and the American West available to 1,000s of school children, who would not otherwise have access. The is a special place in eternity for Bob Crimmins, a friend, teacher, mentor, and man among men! Thank you Bob

  • Ronald Cooper says:

    Bob was a powerhouse of creative energy. His work with Access Sacramento dated back to the earliest days of our studio in 1988 and Health in America. He was always professional and persistent, often pushing for more and better. His hard working crews were rewarded with projects both informative and entertaining.

    But Bob’s greatest accomplishment in a life filled with many, was his love of family. His pride in his children and grandkids was special. And all of us who met his late wife Gloria knew why she was the love of his life.

    Thank you Bob for adding zest to our lives and great memories to savor. May we never forget your bright spirit or the sound of your laughter. You were one of a kind in all the best ways.

  • JON JAY BALL says:

    WE GREW UP TOGETHER ALL THE WAY BACK FROM GRADE NATIVITY SCHOOL THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL HIS WAS SENIOR AND I WAS AT LORAS ACADEMY. AND REMAINED FRIENDS UP TO TODAY AND ALWAYS WILL. HE WAS A WINNER IN EVERYTHING HE WAS INVOLVED WITH AND WILL BE MISSED BY MANY. YOU HAVE MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY’S MAY HE REST IN PEACE!
    JON JAY BALL

  • Roger Giegerich says:

    Where can I possibly start? We have been the best of friends since kindergarten even when we didn’t live close.
    Bob was driven by his strong beliefs and desires and certainly was his own man. He wasn’t afraid to try anything he thought he might like to have in his repertoire of life going forward.
    His love for his late wife Gloria and his family is huge as was his heart.
    The world has lost one it’s best.

  • To my brother Bob’s family, our love and thoughts are with you. I just talked to Bob a few weeks ago and it was as if our priceless conversation was planned. We shared our families , growing up, our lives and how much we missed Gloria.
    Today he is happily reunited with her, his sister and his parents. He is in good hands I promise! Love to all of you from our family.
    Good by Bob, thank you and we hold you in our hearts as we picture you dancing with Gloria.

  • Alsyaa A Vang says:

    Bob is the kindest, most thoughtful, & sweetest man to ever have stepped into our lives. He welcomed my family into the neighborhood 10 years ago & has basically helped raise us all throughout these years of living here. I will never forget when he bought each of my siblings (5 of them) brand new bikes so they can ride them around on the street & just be kids. Every holiday he would bring us all a tray of cookies and sweets to celebrate (our parents didn’t give us sweets) He gave my twin brothers their first taste at what earning a wage meant, & throughout the years he would give my siblings rides to get haircuts, to go out with their friends, to tune up their bikes, along with many other miscellaneous things. He was another family member that heaven sent to us that we didn’t know we needed, truly. He always came to our family functions & if he couldn’t we’d bring the family function to him in the form of traditional home cooked meals. The last event he joined us at was my father’s funeral. It’s sad that he’s no longer here however I will always remeber him for the magnificent light that would pour out of his eyes when he’d talk to you & his warm smile that could cheer you up out of any sour mood. We will remeber you forever & know you’re in heaven with the people you love now. Thank you for all you’ve done & more for our family. We are forever grateful.

    The Vang Family

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