Robert "Bob" Larkin

May 1, 1936January 19, 2013
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Donations in Bob's honor can be made to: The American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and The Boys and Girls Club of Simi Valley.

Robert J. Larkin “Bob” passed away suddenly, but peacefully, sitting in his patio garden on Saturday, January 19th, 2013, of a heart attack. His family and many friends are heartbroken at the sudden loss of a man who lived a life of love and service to his family, community and country. He was 76.

Bob was born in Merna, Illinois on May 1, 1936, one of 10 siblings. After completing high school, he proudly served four years in the US Air Force. Stationed in Japan, he learned to speak fluent Japanese. After his service, he worked for Philco, which took him to 29 countries. Those experiences created in him a life-long love of travel and language.

Bob met wife Judy Glynn in Chicago and married her in her hometown of Galway, Ireland in 1961. In 1968, they settled in Simi Valley, California with their four children. He became an agent for State Farm Insurance. He earned several achievement and excellence awards during what would be a 44-year career as an agency owner. He was proud of attaining an Associate of Arts degree from Moorpark College, even while building his business and raising a family. On Sundays, Bob took his young children to explore parks around Ventura County. Summers included RV trips to the redwood forests, Monument Valley, the wild Oregon beaches, and north to Vancouver.

Bob became involved in local and state politics, serving as President of the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce, and on the Parks Board. He was instrumental in the creation of the 33-acre Rancho Simi Community Park. He was in the Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club, and involved in numerous business associations, and charities. A favorite was the Simi Valley Boys and Girls Club. Bob became active in the California Republican Party. It was his lifelong passion. His enthusiasm was legendary. He had many treasured relationships among his political friends. He served as President of the California Congress of Republicans, he chaired the Ventura County Republican Central Committee, and had even attended a luncheon of the Republican Women’s Federated luncheon on Saturday before he passed. He ran for State Assembly in 1996 and 2004.

In 2003, after 42 years of marriage and raising their children, Bob and Judy divorced. He found love again “on the back nine”, with Donna Graen, a childhood friend with whom he was reunited at a school reunion in Illinois. The spark was immediate and obvious to everyone who knew them. She shared his love of politics, golf, travel, and entertaining family and friends as often as possible. They married on June 13th, 2004 at the Firestone Winery and Estate in Santa Inez Valley, Caifornia, and shared 81/2 years of joy until he passed.

Bob loved walking and bike rides with Donna and their dog, Gidget near their home in Westlake Village, CA. His most recent service position was on the board of his homeowner’s association. His tomato garden was famous. He wrote poems for family and friends. He was a crooner who never passed up a karaoke opportunity! His daughters and grandchildren inherited his voice, and he was very proud of that fact. Bob called his family regularly, and he and Donna visited them often. To them, he was “Pop Pop”. He was sentimental and romantic, intelligent and a great storyteller, as well as a history buff.

Bob was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Jerome and Sadie, and siblings and siblings Betty, Dick and Tom Larkin. He is survived by his wife Donna Graen Larkin. His children are Kathleen “Kate” Larkin and her fiancé Marcus Dancer of San Francisco, Mary Larkin Ingber, husband Dr. Craig Ingber and granddaughter Devon Ingber of Valencia, CA. His son Robert “Rob” Larkin, Jr., wife Angie Ravaioli-Larkin and grandchildren Brittney and Braeden Larkin of Keller, TX. And son Toby Larkin of Anthem, AZ. Bob’s surviving siblings are: Jerry Larkin, Michael Larkin, Larry Larkin, Joan Reeves, Mary Shadowens and Alice Larkin

His Bonus children and Grandchildren: Tamra Presley Weiss, Husband Jack and Grandchildren Samuel Weiss and Alison Weiss of Chicago, IL and Christopher Presley of Chattanooga, TN from Donna’s previous marriage.

There is a public viewing on Saturday(1/26/13) from 3-5pm, followed by a celebration of his life at the Westlake Village Inn at 6pm. The funeral for family and close friends is Sunday (1/27/13) at 11am.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 26, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 26, 2013
  • Family Service Sunday, January 27, 2013

Robert "Bob" Larkin

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Brenda Cohen

December 1, 2014

The holiday's are upon us and we miss you dearly! We hear a heavenly voice from above; it must be yours! Keep singing!xoxoxo

November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 My second since you left. Missing you lots. With all my Love

Diane Hedding

March 21, 2013

I am truly saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He was a warm and caring man who always made me feel comfortable when I would drop in to his office. Although I did not know Bob well, I will remember him as an example of a true gentleman and a gentle soul. My condolences to you Donna and to all Bob's family and friends.

Fred Lundgren

March 13, 2013

Bob was a gentleman and for over 30 years, a friend. I have fond memories of his sense of humor and quick grin. It was truly a pleasure to know him.

Mark McDonald

March 6, 2013

I have nothing but the warmest memories of my friend Bob Larkin. Always friendly, always positive, always giving -- he was a genuinely classy and authentically good person. I'll never forget the days he would take me golfing in Westlake, always giving me golf tips and helping me work on my game. I'm very grateful that our paths crossed and that I was blessed with his friendship.

Tim Riley

February 23, 2013

I wanted to say to the whole Larkin family,"I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Just wanted to say Thank You Bob for all the good conversations about golf n life in general. You're the only man I knew that had a picture taken w/the last several presidents. :) I enjoyed popping in on u once in awhile for the last 12 yrs. Your husband, father, friend was one of favorite customers. He will definately be missed by all. Take care of yourselves, and I know Bob's on the 1st tee watching over u all still. With all my condolences, Hit em straight Bob,
Ur favorite and only UPS man,

Deb Morris

February 19, 2013

Bob's passing has left a hole in our world.... He'll be so missed here and looked forward to meeting in heaven!!!

February 15, 2013

My sincere condolences to Mrs. Larkin, and his family.

Bob was a true gentleman, polite, courteous, always professional, and possessed a great sense of humor.

It was a pleasure to know him!

David Elliott
U.S. Postal Service (Ret)
Simi Valley, California

Sheri S

February 9, 2013

I was shocked and saddened to receive a letter in the mail from State Farm informing me of Bob's passing. Bob was my agent for nearly 20 years. Two years ago, he gave my first born daughter his "beginner's driving" speech to save me $100 on my policy. Bob was always so kind to me. He will be missed.

Patricia K.-D.

February 6, 2013

Dear Bob, Thank You for making Donna Happy, and all you met along the way.
You two were a GREAT couple. Always welcoming and ALWAYS making with the "Irish Hospitality". Donna WILL miss you, and indeed so many people will, but you have left some Good Memories and we all know, you were never "Wheel Chair Material". "Fast Out" is a gift, see you at the next Great Party.
Love and Every Good Wish,