Robert (Bob) Doolittle

Robert (Bob) Doolittle born January 10, 1938 in South Bend, Indiana succumbed in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his family on August 9, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents Gerald and Evelyn Doolittle, sister, Sarah DeCuir and great niece, Sara Hendricks and his beloved Kibbles.

Bob is survived by his wife Marcie, he was seventeen and she was fourteen when they met and it was love at first sight, he was twenty one and she was eighteen when they married August 15, 1959 and it lasted a few days shy of 60 years. They had two children a daughter, Nancy Ludlow, son Robert (Bobby) Doolittle, and favorite daughter –in-law Gina, adopted daughters Melissa Russell and Melissa Jackson. Five of the most amazing grand kids, James (Alex) Ludlow, Robert Doolittle, William Ludlow, Tara Ludlow and Travis Doolittle, and great grandson Axton Doolittle, sister in law Karla (Glen) McDonald, sisters, Arlene (Andy) Obren, Barbara (Steve) Adair, Margaret (Rick) Housel, loving nieces and nephews, extended family, his fellow firefighters of the county and state. Bob was a loving dad, husband, paw-paw and friend to everyone.

Bob graduated from La Marque High School in 1956; he joined the fire department in March of 1960 to play in a football game against the La Marque Police department. His health forced him to hang up his gear in the house on a nail with his boots and helmet placed below. He spent his time trying to fix projects around the house. Bob worked for Texas New Mexico Power Company for 38 years before retiring and enjoyed his fellow co-workers.

He was Chaplain for the Galveston County Fire Fighter Association for many years, and Assistant Secretary for the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas. He also had the honor to become the first man to ever receive a badge for TFA Honorary Sweetheart. He served the people of La Marque for 53 plus years before leaving and joining the Bayou Vista Fire Department where finished his career as a firefighter, He fought many a blazes, but he fought the hardest blaze for the last 16 years, he put up a great fight but this one he just could not win. He enjoyed having the Bible read to him, he never lost his faith in God. He will be forever in our hearts and will be our guiding star from Heaven.

Pall bearers are Bobby Doolittle, Robert Doolittle, Travis Doolittle, Alex Ludlow, William Ludlow, Ernest Dickey, Honorary pall bearers are Glen McDonald and Jay Kelly.

A visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at James Crowder Funeral Home. La Marque.  A service will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at St Michael’s Episcopal Church, La Marque, with Father Mark Marmon officiating.  Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery, Hitchcock.

A special thank you to the Hospice team that helped care for Bob during his last days. Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Father Mark Marmon, State Firemens’ and Fire Marshalls’ Association Chaplain, Ben Kennedy, All Saints Episcopal church family, Father Bob and members of St. Michael Episcopal Church, to all the firemen and TNP employees who made his home going a very special memory, Crowder Funeral home and office personnel for being very accommodating and understand during this difficult time.


  1. Condolences from Jim and Kay Totty of Alvin Fire Department
    and SFFMA and TFA.
    We will miss you.

    Jim Totty
  2. I always enjoyed our visits during the holidays. A great sense of humor and a wealth of stories and experiences.

    Jeremy Morton
  3. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Jerry and Cory Pate
  4. A very kind and dedicated man that gave so much to the fire service. Rest In Peace Sir. Honor and Respect.

    Mark Turvey
  5. Nancy, I knew of your Dad, never met him personally and remember seeing him a couple of times with Richard Durough and J L Campbell. He was then as he is today a legend. There is no good time to be separated from a loved one but when that day and time comes for each of us we can hope we are in the presence of those who were part of our lives and at best in the hearts and prayers of those whom we have come to know over a lifetime. By this time Nancy Bob Doolittle is looking at his loving family and friends from what some call a better place. Heaven to be precise.
    God bless and keep Bob and Nancy, may God bless you and all of Bobs family and friends. Be happy he was your life, be sad he has gone away, remember as the sadness subsides the good things again and again.

    George Schilter
  6. A one in a million firefighter. He was trainer, mentor and leader to many firefighters in Galveston County and around the state. Bob will be missed by many. Personally, I have lost a good friend. RIP Bob.

    Rusty Kattner
  7. Always a kind word from him to me, with his sweet smile when I would see him at the SFFMA Conventions. Heaven definitely gained an Angel.

    Kimberly Tanner
  8. My sincere condolences. Bob was a good Christian man. I always enjoyed visiting with him at SFFMA conventions and at the A&M Fire School. Go rest high on that mountain Bob.
    Doc Reesing

    Ernest Reesing
  9. I am so sorry for your lost.
    Love Kevi and Sue Cole

  10. My sincere heartwarming prayers to you Marcie and your family. Bob was a special friend and a mentor to me. He was always uplifting in thoughts and words. He stepped back many times to allow me to move forward, as he has shown me the way in business and friendship. No need to say that he will have a special place in heaven and I hope to be there with him so he can give me that internal guidance as well. Bob, was a special person to many and will be missed on this earth. I can’t say enough about him but one thing for sure he has left a loving feeling in many of hearts and minds. God’s mercy is with him and he is living through others in spirit.

    Thank you, God, and Marcie for allowing us time with this great brother,

    Roy Mercer
  11. Nancy,
    Your dad was a really sweet man. I know you and your family will miss him terribly. Prayers to you all.

    Carey Macik

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