Bob was born into a tight knit family in Fort Collins, Colorado, and is the oldest of three children. The saying that “The family that plays together stays together,” certainly applies to the Little family. His father and grandfather built a ski boat together and all the kids were brought up on water skis, fishing and camping on Warren Lake. Grandpa Harry Little was a charter member of the Warren Lake Ski Club and also belonged to the Lions Club and the Masonic Temple. Bob still remembers every Fourth of July when Grandpa cooked pancakes at the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. His parents still live in the same house they moved into when he was 2 years old. Bob graduated from Ft. Collins High School and attended CSU.
Bob started in the restaurant business at age 16. He started as a dishwasher and worked his way up the ladder to a line cook and at 19 was the youngest kitchen manager in the Sea Galley Corporation, a chain that owned seven restaurants in Colorado. He then moved out of the kitchen to the front, waiting tables and tending bar. At the age of 25, he was the assistant manager and a year later the manager. Unfortunately, Sea Galley closed their restaurants in 1992. For the next two years, he worked at the Bordermine Café, where his duties included kitchen and bar manager, menu item selection, food cost management and procurement. He then moved to B.F. Goodribs as kitchen manager and later general manager.
In 1995 Bob came to Bend for a visit and moved here when he found a job as Assistant Manager at the Provision Company in Sunriver’s Main Lodge and worked there for a short time. He then moved on to Newman Painting and worked there until 1999. He then started his own painting business and has become very successful with a large customer and referral base.
In 2004, Bob bought a house very close to the Elks Lodge. His friend, Ken Fisher, introduced him to the Elks and sponsored Bob as a member in 2005. The new Lodge building was only a few months old at the time and Darlene Johannessen was the first woman Exalted Ruler. He realized that he had found an extended family at the Elks and started volunteering by barbequing on the patio on Friday nights and moved on to bar tending and cooking.
In 2008 Bob was elected to a 5-year Trustee position. At the end of the Trustee position, he was elected Leading Knight and now is the leader of our Lodge as our Exalted Ruler.
On September 28, 2013, Bend lost its most eligible bachelor when Bob married Kim Donovan. He met Kim at the Lodge in 2007. Kim has resided in Bend since 1996 and is a full-time realtor. He has two stepchildren; Cody is in the Army and is now stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, where he specializes in military intelligence. Marissa lives at home and is a full–time college student working towards her Masters Degree in Sports Medicine.
Bob has been on the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors for seven years and that in itself is quite an accomplishment. We can often find him behind the bar, in the kitchen and burning the midnight oil at our Lodge. His energy and sense of humor are always going strong. How lucky we are to have Bob as an officer and a member.