Robert “Bob” or “Bobby” William Miles Sr. passed away July 25, 2018. He shed his mortal coil in his family mountain home with his wife Edith (Owen) Miles of 24 years by his side.
This gentle giant of a man was born on January 27, 1940, at the Fort D.A. Russell hospital in Marfa, to William Otis Miles Jr. and Pauline Elizabeth Goss Miles. Bob spent his childhood in Marfa, Fort Davis, and Alpine and his family moved to El Paso later.
While at Yselta High School, Bob met both his best and life-long friend, Fredrick Peso, and his first sweetheart, Edith Owen.
After graduating from Yselta High School, where he proudly served as an Eagle Scout and as the Yselta High School Indian mascot, Bob joined the Air Force following the footsteps of his uncle and namesake, Robert Miles of Pecos, Texas. During his service, he trained guard dogs and he guarded ballistic missiles at Vandenburg Air Force Base. After his service, Bob returned to El Paso to attend the Texas College of Mines (now known as UTEP), where he met his first wife of 24 years, Sharon “Sherry” Lauritzen. Bob and Sherry had two children, Robert “Robby/ Rob” William Miles Jr., and Laura Elizabeth Miles (Valdez).
While in college Bob worked at the El Paso Times as the Farm and Ranch editor.
After graduating from college and receiving his Master’s, Bob worked for El Paso Natural Gas. He then began his life-long career with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, first at the Magoffin Home, then Balmorhea State Park, and then spent 10 years as the park superintendent for Hueco Tanks State Park, where he also served as the park superintendent for the Franklin Mountains State Park, the Magoffin home, and Hueco Tanks State Park. He finished his career at Balmorhea State Park.
After 27 years of service with the TPWD, he retired to his family mountain home which overlooked Fort Davis.
Bob immersed himself in the history of the Southwest and adopted many of the Mescalero Apache ways in his life. Bob’s happiest moments of his last years were spent at Poco Mexico restaurant, the annual Fort Davis Fourth of July Shoot-out, writing, and in the company of his grandkids, Grace and Buckley Valdez, and Savannah, Carrie Elizabeth, and Robert William “Will” Miles III, and son-in-law Omar Valdez and daughter-in-law Katie Miles.
He held dear his extended family and friends – David and Marina Walker, and their children, Sophia and Adam; Richard and Michelle Walker, and their child Kristen Walker, of El Paso; and James Walker of Arizona; also David Bischofhausen; Bernard and Carol Vetter; Virginia Haug, the Miles, the Williams, Kerith & Roy Hurley; Melody Postoy; the Grubbs, the Medleys, and the Billings; and all his friends and family in Fort Davis.
The family wishes to extend their sincerest thanks to the Fort Davis Fire Department, the Jeff Davis County Ambulance, and cousins Matt Miles, Bart Medley, and Kerith Hurley for the dedication and hard-work they provide to the community.
Bob loved the solitude that living in Fort Davis afforded him and allowed him to write and read without interruption. He was one of the wisest, most soft-spoken men whose soul will long-continue to grace those who knew and loved him.