I was sad & surprised to hear of Bobbie's passing. He was the youngest son of my godparents, Antoinette & Tony, and I've been trying to track him, Freddy & Marie down to get reconnected. Bobbie was always so nice to me when I would spend time at their home in Salinas. Bobbie you were one of my heroes. My love & prayers to you as you RIP.
Beverly Sanchez Saldivar
ROBERT BARRON Robert "Rob" Barron was born June 30, 1938 in Fairfield, CA to Tony Barranco and Antoinette (Rojo) Barranco. He passed away peacefully September 9, 2019 at his home in Valley Village, CA. Raised in Salinas, CA, the family moved to Los Angeles where Rob pursued a career in entertainment. Here Rob discovered his life's passion. Rob began his career as the Cracker Jack kid in their national campaign when he was nine years old. Over time he worked as an actor, singer and dancer, appearing in early television shows such as DOBIE GILLIS and THE DONNA REED SHOW among others. He was signed to an exclusive deal with Desilu Productions. Rob relocated to Las Vegas where he starred in GEORGE M and THAT CERTAIN GIRL. He was also featured in the BOTTOMS UP revue as well as productions starring Sammy Davis Jr., Donald O'Connor and other stars of the time. Rob transitioned to working as a director and choreographer winning several Dramalogue and Robby awards in Los Angeles. He directed shows in New York, Las Vegas, Buenos Aires and Branson, MO. Rob found his second home in Bogota, Columbia where he worked for over 30 years, directing and choreographing over 40 productions. He is acknowledged to have altered the face of entertainment and changed the course of musical theater in Latin America where his legacy continues. Rob continued to laugh, sing, dance and teach throughout his life. He leaves behind loving family and friends who will never forget his smiling face, his shining spirit and his selfless ways. Rob enriched the lives of everyone lucky enough to have known him and he will be missed dearly.
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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Oct. 6, 2019.