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ROBERT MENDENHALL


1928 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
ROBERT MENDENHALL Obituary
ROBERT MENDENHALL Robert L. "Bob" Mendenhall, 90, of Las Vegas, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018. He was born May 22, 1928, in Raymond, Alberta, Canada to Wesley Deal Mendenhall and Geneve Harmer. He married Paula Clements June 9, 1948, in Springville, Utah. An innovator, entrepreneur and community pillar, Bob's company, Las Vegas Paving, remains a constant icon that has employed many people and has been a major contributor in the building of Las Vegas since its founding in 1958. With a passion for construction at a very young age, he became known for his innovations that transformed the construction industry. Holding over 50 patents, his crowning achievement was patent No. 4,000,000 for recycling asphalt-aggregate compositions. That forever changed the ways roads are paved throughout the world leading him to be appropriately named the "Grandfather of Asphalt Recycling." His passion and zeal for growth in the city he loved inspired him to lead several successful businesses including large housing developments, commercial subdivisions, a golf course, night club and a casino. In addition, he served on the Nevada State Contractors Board. Understanding the need for students to have real-world applications to what they learn in the classroom, he founded the Mendenhall Innovation Program at the UNLV College of Engineering. Knowing the need for UNLV Men's Basketball to be able to attract and recruit the best athletes he provided funding for the Mendenhall Center. His passion for flying remained a constant presence in his life. Whether it was transporting local officials, checking on business endeavors or taking the family on vacation he was always ready to take to the skies. To everyone he met, he conveyed a zeal for hard work and knowing what it took to get things done. His love and dedication to his wife and family will be missed. He was preceded in death by his brother, Kay; sister, Shirley; daughter, Valerie; and son, Terry. He is survived by his loving wife, of 70 years, Paula; sister, Connie; children, Marc and Lori; daughter-in-law, Vyonne; grandchildren, Jason (Lisa), Heather (Devon) Dahl, Ryan (Kelli), Joshua (Becky), Teryn, Cheyenne (Matt) Smith, Gavin; step-grandchildren, Greg (Mariam) and Paige Daubs; and 16 great-grandchildren. A viewing will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 14. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 15. Both services will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, 10550 Alta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89145. Burial will take place at the Palm Valley View Memorial Park, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at http://www.keepmemoryalive.org, or by phone at (702) 263-9797.
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