Bob Hurtte, 57, passed peacefully on December 10, 2016, in Houston, TX. Born January 16, 1959, in Texarkana, AR, because there was not a hospital on the Texas side, Bob grew up in Daingerfield, a beautiful town in northeast Texas. Bob, or Bobby as he was known then, was a Boy Scout who attained his Eagle Scout status at age 14 and went on to achieve the Order of the Arrow. He was the senior class favorite, president of the math club and valedictorian, as were his mother and son. The smartest man on earth attended The University of Texas at Austin and always bled burnt orange. Bob was so proud when his only son also attended UT, joined The Showband of the Southwest and went on to become the Drum Major. Bob told Mason that by making the band, Mason had already surpassed Bob’s many accomplishments in life.
After graduating from UT with a business degree, Bob obtained his CPA and moved to Dallas to begin his career with Arthur Young, later Ernst & Young. This was a fortuitous move as three years later he was set up on a blind date with Frances Rubin, whom he would marry and love for the rest of his life. Bob spent 14 years at E&Y before accepting a job as CFO at Laura Mercier Cosmetics. Bob helped mold the cosmetics firm into an international success. After Laura Mercier was bought out he enjoyed a two-year sabbatical while consulting with a number of startup companies. During this time he was able to volunteer much of his time to his son’s high school band activities, including riding “that damn yellow bus” as chaperone to every away game. Bob then accepted a job as CFO at cosmetics company Cover FX in Houston where he worked until his death.
Bob volunteered his time with many organizations: Fine Arts Chamber Players; the Erwin Waldman Memorial Golf Tournament as both sponsor, donor and committee member; and volunteered for the Boy Scouts of Texas. Bob was also committed to life through his countless hours spent donating blood and platelets, and by participating in experimental brain cancer treatments to help find a cure.
Bob was a delight to know and be with. He loved sports, especially the Longhorns, Rangers, and Cowboys. Clever and witty beyond words, he was an incredible father and husband. Mason and Frances were honored to be a part of his life. Bob was the bravest man we’ve ever known. He faced this horrible disease with grace, strength and humor. He is dearly missed.
Bob was predeceased by his precious daughter Hannah Ruth, his mother Sheila, his brother Mike, and his brother-in-law Jimmy Hart. He is survived by his father Robert E. Hurtte, sister Cindy Hart, several nephews and a niece, wife Frances, son Mason, and Mason’s beloved Heather Henry.
Our hearts will be forever indebted to Dr. Barbara O’Brien, Vanessa and the entire Neuro Oncology team at MD Anderson Brain and Spine Center, and to the caring and attentive employees of Texans Home Care.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 18, at 2pm at Congregation Brith Shalom, 4610 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, Texas 77401, Cantor Mark Levine and Hazzan in Residence David Krohn officiating. A celebration of Bob’s life will be planned for the end of January.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation, MD Anderson Brain and Spine Center, the Boy Scouts of America, or the charity of your choice.