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Bobby Lee Tucker passed away peacefully at his home in Odessa surrounded by family on April 18, 2017, at the age of 77. Bobby was born on January 28, 1940 in Wolfe City, Texas, to William and Nora Tucker. Bobby married Betty Hewitt on February 14th, 1970 at Central Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas. They enjoyed over 47 years together. God blessed them with three children, Bobbie Sue, Blake and Brian.Bobby's family moved to Lovington, New Mexico in 1947 where Bobby graduated from Lovington High School in 1958. Bobby was on the tennis team and was a member of the 1957 state champion Lovington High School football team. He was named to the 1957 All State football team in New Mexico. Bobby loved his high school and teammates who he remained close to his whole life. After high school, Bobby attended New Mexico State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. His first job after graduating was with the New Mexico Department of Transportation doing bridge design. During this time he worked on several bridge projects on I-40 and I-25. In 1966, Bobby began his over 33 year career at the City of Odessa initially serving as a Paving and Drainage Engineer. Bobby joined the United States Army from 1965 to 1966 and was called back to active duty in the United States Navy from 1968 to 1969. During his time in the Navy, Bobby was with Mobile Construction Battalion 22 "Seabees". He was on active duty for over 7-months in the Republic of Vietnam where he participated in numerous engineering projects. After being discharged from the Navy, Bobby returned to Odessa as Assistant City Engineer. In 1981 Bobby was promoted to the Director of Public Works, a position he held until he retired from the City of Odessa in 1993. After his retirement from the City of Odessa, he continued his working career as Municipal Solid Waste Coordinator for the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission. He retired from the PBRPC in 2007 so he could spend more time at his second home in Alto, New Mexico. Bobby first and foremost loved his family. He lived for his children and grandchildren who were his pride and joy. He did everything he could to maximize his time with his family. He loved youth sports and was actively involved as a president, board member and coach of numerous youth sports in Odessa. He loved traveling with the local sports teams from Odessa Girls Softball to Permian Football where he could proudly display his "Odessa" license plates. He enjoyed spending time with his extended family and doing everything he could to take care of everyone.
Bobby was an active member of Central Baptist Church and was a past president of the Odessa Civitan Club, the Odessa City Employees Credit Union, and the Permian Basin Chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He was also a member of the Odessa Optimist Club, the American Public Works Association, the YMCA sports programs, the Odessa Boys Club and Odessa Girls Softball Association and the board for Keep Odessa Beautiful.
His parents and brother, Paul, preceded him in death. Bobby is survived by his wife, Betty; his daughter, Bobbie Sue Head and husband Dan of San Antonio, Texas; son, Blake Tucker and wife Kerry of Pacific Palisades, California; son, Brian Tucker and wife Melinda of San Antonio, Texas; and his nine grandchildren, Logan and Lauren Head of San Antonio, Liam, Scarlett and Hudson of Pacific Palisades, and William, Emma, John Paul and Luke of San Antonio; as well as his sister Wynona of Odessa. He is also survived by several aunts and uncles, brother and sister-in-laws and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors at Frank W. Wilson funeral home on Thursday evening, April 20, 2017, from 6-8 pm. Celebration of life service is scheduled for 2 pm Friday, April 21, 2017, at Central Baptist Church with David Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Permian Basin Honor Flight, P.O. Box 52890, Midland, TX 79710 (honorflight.org) or to the Alzheimer's Association.
Arrangements under the direction of Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors, Odessa, TX.