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Obituary for Robert "Bob" Meyer

August 7, 1932 - July 11, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 85

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Robert Ahrens Meyer, better known as Bob Meyer The Mountain Man, left this earthly trail to go camping with God on July 11, 2018. Never was there a man who loved nature more, and never was there anyone better suited for showing such wonders to others.

Bob was born in LaGrange, Texas, August 7, 1932, the second son to Edward B. Meyer Sr. and Anna Louise Kriegel Meyer. His childhood was an idyllic one, blessed with parents who encouraged his sense of adventure and humor. Despite periods of family poverty, Bob's love for the outdoors and passion for life fostered memories of true happiness and Texas-sized dreams. One of Bob's earliest memories was of his first solo campout, an outing for which his mother sent him off with an iron skillet and bacon. That night Bob told God that being under His stars, hearing His sounds, and seeing His beauty was how he wanted to spend his life.

That love for nature and a drive to teach and mentor others led him along a path that included earning a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from Texas A&M, rising to the level of Scout Executive for Boy Scouts of America, becoming Texas' first Supervisor of Conservation Education and a classroom teacher of Earth science, and eventually starting the camping business that fulfilled his destiny.

Meyer's Mountain Men, a venture he launched in 1958, was the realization of Bob's dream, combining his love for the outdoors with his ambition to mentor young men. Each summer Bob guided groups of boys camping through the western states, Canada, and Alaska, in a custom-built blue and white school bus sporting enormous elk antlers. Each trip offered adventures in hiking, rock-climbing, fishing, boating, survival skills and woodcraft. Along the way, Bob also imparted wisdom, confidence, and a passion for adventure to thousands of young men over the span of five decades. Perhaps most importantly, Bob daily demonstrated in word and action what it meant to be a strong, enthusiastic and gentle man.

Bob Meyer The Mountain Man reached his final days with a smile, in his home—aptly named Fort Meyer—surrounded by family and knowing he was loved, listening to John Denver music, flirting shamelessly, and fully confident he was going to meet his Maker able to say, "Look at what I did with all You gave me."

Preceded in death by: parents, Edward B. Meyer, Sr. and Anna Louise Kriegel Meyer; wife, Beverly Grammar Meyer; and brother, Edward B. Meyer.

Survived by: son, Blake Meyer and his wife Janet, of Austin, Texas and their children - Cayti Meyer, Brady Meyer, and Linzy Meyer; daughter, Missy Meyer Gattis of Las Vegas, Nevada and her children - Grant Gattis and Gracelyn Gattis.

Celebration of Life Service will be held in the Chapel of Riverbend Church, 4214 N. Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, Texas at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 11, 2018. A reception will follow in the church Community Center. Donations may be made to Riverbend Church.

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