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Robert M. Schattin

Robert M. Schattin

Robert “Bob” Michael Schattin

Bob Schattin passed away at his home in Boise, Idaho on Sunday, December 11, 2016 after a brave battle with cancer.  Bob was born on March 1, 1954 in Hackensack, New Jersey, the 4th of six children of Martin and Lillian Schattin.

Bob valued education and was a professional engineer. He received a BS in Biology from Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia.  After moving to Oregon in 1978, he went to Oregon State University where he received a BS in Agricultural Engineering. Always wanting to learn, he continued his education and received an MBA from Eastern Washington University in 1987.

Bob’s professional career began upon completion of his Peace Corps service in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1978.  He joined the National Resource Conservation Service in 1980 and worked for the agency for 16 years in Lynden and Spokane, Washington and Bend, Oregon. He accepted an engineering position with Cascade Earth Sciences in 1995 that brought the family to Boise.  Bob always wanted to have his own business.  He achieved this goal and owned and managed Missman Electric for 9 years. After satisfying this interest, he returned to the public sector where he has been employed with the Bureau of Reclamation.

Bob believed that anything could be learned and was a self-made man. He succeeded in everything he set out to do.  He enjoyed reading and spent hours each day at his computer reading about world news, learning a new skill or tracking investments.

He was happiest when he was sailing or riding his motorcycle, he loved the outdoors and enjoyed traveling the world.

He valued and enjoyed the simple things in life – family, honesty, hard work, sitting on the back patio with a whiskey on the rocks and listening to music, camping and hiking in the Sawtooths or watching a baseball game (Go Mariners).

A devoted husband and father, Bob leaves his wife of 37 years, Elizabeth Willey Schattin, his son and daughter-in-law, Jesse and Emily Schattin and his daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Michael Beck.

The family appreciates and thanks all of the staff at St. Luke’s 4 South, ER and Wound Center.  A special thank you to the MSTI team, Dr. Arteta-Bulos and nurse Ali, and to St. Luke’s Hospice for all their warm compassion and support.

Bob did not want a formal service.  A celebration of his life is planned for the summer. Donations in his memory can be made to the Boise efforts of the International Rescue Committee or the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation (IWCF) P. O. Box 6164, Boise, ID 83707-6164.


  • Leslie Lloyd Posted December 14, 2016 7:28 pm

    Beth :

    I’m so sorry for your devastating loss. You and Jesse and Rebecca are all in my prayers. I didn’t know Bob we’ll but I remember the countless stories of of your adventures sailing and know he will be sorely missed.

  • Chandra Hough Posted December 14, 2016 9:16 pm

    Thinking of you and the family. Xo

  • Brenda Arritola Posted December 15, 2016 2:31 am

    Sorry for your loss, Beth. Sending good thoughts to you and your family. God Bless.

  • Lindsey Sittko Posted December 15, 2016 4:54 am

    I loved reading about Bob’s interests. Prayers and love to you all!

  • Laura Schaefer Posted December 15, 2016 12:24 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all at this difficult time – The Decker family.

  • Sandy Potter Posted December 15, 2016 4:12 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss,we are so glad we got to be with you both at the reversal dinner and wedding.(Emily’s Aunt Sandy and Grandma Waite.

  • Mary Koloski Posted December 15, 2016 4:42 pm

    Dear Beth, Becca & Jesse,

    I am sorry for your loss. Bob’s passing was premature with so much left for him to enjoy.

    His kindness was exceptional. He went out of his way to help people including me when I started my business. I will always remember that and his love of baseball and his smile.

  • Pamela Johnson Posted December 15, 2016 7:12 pm

    Circle the wagons with family and friends and absorb their support and love. We are so sad to hear of Bobs untimely passing. May you find strength, only the good memories and a more peaceful heart in the months ahead.

  • Ron Myhrum Posted December 19, 2016 2:11 am

    I knew Bob when we worked together in Bend. Sold him my old Yamaha 650. Probably his first bike because he tipped it the first time he got on it. A unique individual. So sorry he’s passed.

  • Sam Losavio Posted December 22, 2016 2:59 am

    Becky and I are so sorry to hear about your loss of a loved one. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

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