Robert Emil Syftesdad
May 7, 1933 - Mar 13, 2012
Robert Emil Syftestad passed away peacefully March 13, 2012 at his home in Carmichael at the age of 78. Bob was born May 7, 1933 to Alf Fritzoff Syftestad and Ellen Viola (Selleseth) Syftestad in Sacramento, California.
While his professional career included working for Aerojet and Martin Marietta from 1959 to 1971, and then Lund Construction Company until his retirement in 2006, Bob was a lifelong sports enthusiast and gifted athlete. He played baseball and basketball at San Juan High School, graduating in 1951. Bob then attended Sacramento City College, UCLA, and Sacramento State University, playing basketball at both Sac City and Sac State. He served in the Army in Germany from 1956 to 1958, and represented his base in the Army basketball league. Bob then returned to Sac State, where he played on the 1958-59 basketball team that won the conference title and advanced to the NCAA tournament. Bob graduated from Sac State in 1959 with a degree in Business Administration. After college, he played amateur basketball, as well as slow-pitch softball, bowling and golf. In 1980, he was inducted into the Sacramento Softball Hall of Fame.
Beyond sports and the camaraderie of teammates and softball buddies, Bob enjoyed many years of family boating and camping trips, as well as teaching his kids to jitterbug and to appreciate Dixieland and Big Band jazz music. He spent many-a-night playing ball, board games, dominoes and cards with his family.
Bob will be greatly missed by his wife of 52 years, Judy (Cross), sons Brian Syftestad (Joyce) of Carmichael and Greg Syftestad (Christie) of Roseville, daughter Pam Syftestad Smith (Rick) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and grandchildren Jillian and Tanner Syftestad; Clint, Cassidy and Jack Syftestad; and Ryan, Colby and Lindsey Smith. Bob is also survived by his brothers Tom, Gene (Joyce) and Don (JoAnn), as well as many nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be Thursday March 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. and funeral services Friday March 23 at 2 p.m. at the East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento.