In Memory


Bob Degles

Robert Degles (1946-1997)

Robert Thomas Degles passed away on May 1, 1997.  Born on February 18, 1946, he was 50 years old and survived by his wife, Melody Pace.   

See a picture of his headstone in the Castle Valley, UT cemetary at

Submitted by: Chris Kauhi ( at

Bob was a river boatman, desert rat, and to many a character
symbolic of a bygone era in Southeast Utah. He came to
Moab, Utah in 1970. He established Moab's first bicycle
shop, boated with the old river runners, and taught
First Aid and Wilderness First Responder courses to many of
today's river raft guides.

He moved to Castle Valley in 1974 and built his first house
on top of a friend's chicken coop. He formed Descent River
Expeditions in 1984 and co-invented Cross-Country Croquet,
often played at "Deglo Downs."

Robert was as unique as the land he loved so much. His gruff
voice and rough manner only slightly covered up a sweet,
loving man who will be deeply missed.

Adios amigo...see you at the takeout...

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06/05/14 10:57 PM #1    

David Judd

I remember Bob... kinda hung out on the fringes of what I knew of adolescent society...and then one day he turned into a hippie...I mean the real thing. I know Castle Valley...I admire him now from afar. 

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