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Robert Bruce Stokes

Rob Stokes, 35, of Truckee, died Friday, Sept. 21 due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. (See additional story)

Rob Stokes lived life to the fullest. He had a smile one would never forget and an enormous passion for life. Rob’s contagious laughter echoed through his home and community. Rob will not only be remembered for his laughter, smile and passion for life but also, his uncanny talent for creating his own humorous lyrics to music that he listened to.

Born in San Jose on March 17, 1966, Rob lived with his family in South Lake Tahoe where he attended Tahoe Valley Elementary. It was there that his love for the outdoors sprouted. He moved with his parents Dick and Janell and brother Rick to Tahoe City when he was 12. His love for the outdoors grew into a passion. He went to North Tahoe High School, where he met his future wife Christine. Not only did he have zest for the outdoors but he had a craving for excitement and adventure. It was this craving that led him to pursue skiing, biking, hiking, water-skiing, motor cycle riding, sky diving, dirt bike riding and camping.

In 1990 he started his own successful painting company, Stokes Quality Painting. Rob and Christine were married in 1992. He was her best friend, soul mate and the love of her life. He was a fun and loving father to his son, Tanner, 5 years old. Just last weekend, Christine said she wasn’t sure who was more proud of Tanner learning to ride his two-wheeler, Tanner or Rob.

The three of them were a team, ready to conquer the world. They shared a passion for traveling, and with their son Tanner, were so fortunate to explore the globe together. Rob left suddenly but he did it doing something he loved. All were fortunate to have been blessed to have a person like Rob in their lives even if it was for a short time. A spirit like Rob’s can never be extinguished.

Rob is survived by his wife Christine, son Tanner, his family, a community of friends and his trusty dog, Keesha.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Rob Stokes Family Memorial Fund, US Bank, 10995 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161.

Donations can also be made to the Bank of the West’s Rob Stokes Memorial Fund, FBO Christine and Tanner Stokes. Donations can be made at any Bank of the West branch.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Tahoe Park Beach.

A community benefit will be held for the family of Stokes.

A concert and raffle benefit will be held at Sierra Vista Restaurant Thursday, Oct. 4 featuring Fearless Chicken and Burnt Toast starting at 9 a.m. Tickets are $10. All proceeds to benefit the Rob Stokes Family Memorial Fund.

Many local retailers and restaurants have donated generous prizes. All proceeds will go to the Rob Stokes Family Memorial Fund at US Bank, Truckee Branch.

Monetary donations are also appreciated, checks can be made out to RSFMF. Donations can be dropped off at any US Bank Branch. For more information, call Sam Swigard at 581-3867 or Heather Sallan at 581-1553.

Raffle tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Swigard in Tahoe City or Schone Sachen in Truckee on Donner Pass Road.

The family and friends thank the community for their help as they all mourn the loss of Rob Stokes.


Tahoe Forest Hospital

Halderman, David and Jeanette, of Truckee, on Aug. 30, a boy, Wyatt Dillon.

Cervantes, Rosendo and Hudek, Lindsey, of Graeagle, on Sept. 1, a boy, Jordan Anthony Cesar.

Pippenger, David and Alletzhauser, Heidi, of Soda Springs, on Sept. 2, a boy, Moses Jackson.

Ruiz, Rosario and Meneses, Mayra, of Truckee, on Sept. 2, a boy, Cristian Alain.

Purdy, Gregory and Kristy, of Truckee, on Sept. 5, a girl, McKenna Rose.

Mullings, Homer and Harris, Sonja, of Truckee, on Sept. 6, a girl, Kianna Darlene.

Orozco, Raul and Ibarra, Claudia, of Truckee, on Sept. 10, a girl, Angela Samantha.

Birth information for Tahoe Forest Hospital is submitted to us by the hospital.

If a local baby is born in another area hospital, please call us at (530) 587-6061 to learn how to submit birth information.


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