Robert Dalton Boykin, 79, passed away on August 30, 2018 surrounded by family. Robert Dalton was born on November 10, 1938 in Dallas, Texas to Rodgerlee and Robert Sr. When he was 2 years old, his family moved to Oakland, California. In his youth, he enjoyed playing basketball at the Boys Club. After graduating from high school, he joined the Air Force where he acquired a Baking Certificate. Baking remained a passion his whole life. We enjoyed his delicious croissants, Danish pastries, pies and cakes. He attended Merrit College and U.C. Berkeley. Robert Dalton and his father owned “The Elegant Rib” barbeque restaurant. For many years, Robert Dalton owned his janitorial business “The Cleaning Man”.
In Santa Rosa, he was an avid golfer, racquetball player, and mountain bike rider. He loved the Russian River, Marin and Sonoma Pacific Ocean beaches for fishing, camping, swimming and photography. After retiring as a chef of the Juvenile Hall, one of his favorite past times was watching boxing matches on television and the Warriors basketball games. Traveling to Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii, and the Bahamas were beautiful cruises he enjoyed. He fought a valiant cancer battle for five and a half years.
Robert Dalton was preceded in death by his two sons: Brian David and Tschum Anthony. He leaves to cherish his memory: a loving and devoted wife Susan; a loving daughter-in-law Venise; sister Deborah; sister-in-law Kathleen (Jeff); brothers-in-law: Denis (Sue), Kevin (Kim), Daniel (Maria) and Jerry; nephew Brandon; grandchildren: Jordyn and Xavier; stepdaughter Alisa; grandniece Taylor; two cats: Molly and Lily Belle; and many other extended family members and friends.
Memorial Donations in Robert’s honor may be made to: American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, 1-800-227-2345 or Heartland Hospice, 3700 Old Redwood Hwy #103, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. A celebration of life is being planned for a later date. Please call Windsor Healdsburg Mortuary, 707-838-6000, for details.