Bob Charles Cavender, 90, died Thursday morning, January 2, 2020 in Cleburne, TX. HIs memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, January 12, 2020 at the Chapel of the Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church in Keene, TX. Rather than sending flowers, please make a charitable donation to his alma mater, Union College. Bob was born in Temple, TX on October 5, 1929, to LulaMae (Flowers) and Bob Nathan Cavender and raised in Oak Cliff and Dallas, TX, where he first learned the art of salesmanship and deal-making as a child of the Great Depression.
Bob married Norma Gene "Genie" Gamble on June 6, 1948 in Oklahoma City, OK. They raised 3 children: Steven Charles, Kathryn Suzanne (Lewis) and Laura Gene (Utt).
He was a Chemistry graduate of Union College in Lincoln, NE and later earned his MBA from Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.
His first jobs after college were related to his degree in Chemistry, but he was soon able to combine that experience with his love of deal-making in the newly flourishing semiconductor industry, first with the fledgling Texas Instruments. The position he held for the longest period of time, and from which he retired, was Vice President of Sales for North America and the Pacific Rim at TAG Electronics / Raytheon Semiconductors. Throughout his career he gave generously of his time as a board member of a number of primary and secondary schools, religious organizations and hospitals.
Bob and Genie built a loving, welcoming and God-centered home, first for their children, then for an always widening circle of family and friends. Friends of their children often felt "adopted" by this love.
Bob is survived by his wife Genie; son Steve and wife, Diana of Cleburne; daughter Kathy and husband Al Lewis of Dallas; and daughter Laurie of Stuttgart, Germany; grandchildren, Rob Lewis and wife Dee; April Cavender Frey and husband Jeff; Craig Lewis and wife Regina; Tyler Utt; Erin Cavender Murcia and husband James; Jeff Lewis and wife Shunda; Jason Utt; Tony Lewis; Andy Utt and wife Katharina; great-grandchildren, Maggie Lewis, Vossler Murcia, Adrian Lewis and Ronja Utt.