Family & Church

Dona & Bob

I was born July 12, 1944 in Akron, Ohio, where I spent my early years. My father, who worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber, was transferred to California in 1952 where I continued in my schooling. My father was transferred back to Akron in 1962 where he and my mother lived for the remainder of their days. I have four brothers, two of whom live in the Akron area and two who live in Southern California.

I graduated from La Mirada High School in 1962 and spent two years as a undergraduate at the University of Southern California. In 1964, I transferred to Kent State University in Ohio, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1966. Afterwards, I attended law school at the University of Southern California, where I graduated in 1969 with a J.D. degree. I was admitted to the California State Bar in 1970.

Following law school, I resided in Southern California for 33 years, primarily in Pasadena, California where I lived and gardened roses for 25 years. In 2002, I moved to Gilbert, Arizona to date the prominent Arizona rosarian, Dona Inglish. Dona and I were married in December 2003.

Dona started growing roses in Arizona in 1995 and by the next year had expanded the garden to 250 bushes. The rose passion continued, and by the end of her fifth year as a rose grower, her garden had reached about 550 roses, modern and old, large flowered and miniature. Many were on ‘Fortuniana' rootstock, a rootstock previously unfamiliar to Arizona rosarians. Having learned about this rootstock through conversations with other national-level exhibitors, she concluded – rightfully as it turned out – that it would be a superior rootstock for Arizona and the desert Southwest.

Following our marriage, Dona and I planted and maintained a rose garden in Gilbert, Arizona that grew to 400 bushes, many on ‘Fortuniana'. Then, in 2008, we moved to Escondido.


Dona has been active in her local rose society since the beginning of her adventures in roses. She established and maintained the first website for the Mesa-East Valley Rose Society, served as society President and was the award-winning editor of its newsletter, Rose Lore, for many years. Since moving to Escondido, Dona has been active in the San Diego Rose Society, serving as VP Programs. From 2009-2011, she was the editor of Rose Ramblings, for which she received an Honorable Mention in the ARS newsletter competition. More recently she has served as the social networking coordinator for the society, maintaining its Facebook presence, and also serving as the official photographer for its rose shows.


Dona is an ARS Consulting Rosarian, a horticultural judge and has presented programs on a variety of topics throughout the southwest. She was the recipient of the Rosebud Award in 2009, awarded to newer members for outstanding service to the San Diego Rose Society. She was also the recipient of the ARS Bronze Medal in 2001 from the Mesa-East Valley Rose Society.


Dona and I together have a family of eight children and thirteen grandchildren. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commonly known as “Mormons”. When asked to describe their impression of the Mormon religion in a single word, the most common positive word expressed is "family" or "family values. "Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research, Pew Research Center and Gregory Smith, Research Fellow, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, December 4, 2007. That is because we believe, “We come into this life as children of mortal parents and as members of families. Parents are partners with God in bringing to pass His eternal purposes with reference to His children. The family, therefore, is a divine institution, the most important both in mortality and in eternity.” President Gordon B. Hinckley, in “Why These Temples?” October 2010 Ensign Magazine.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has no professional clergy, so the lay members carry on all of the activities of the Church. Service to others is a fundamental gospel principle taught in our church. We believe “it is only when we love God and Christ with all of our hearts, souls, and minds that we are able to share this love with our neighbors through acts of kindness and service—the way that the Savior would love and serve all of us if He were among us today.”


Dona and I both serve in the Church in our local Escondido Hills Ward. Dona is a Ward Missionary and I served for two years as the Ward Mission Leader, from which I was recently released. As the Ward Mission Leader, I had the responsibility acting under the bishop’s direction,  to coordinate the ward’s efforts to find, teach, and baptize investigators. I coordinated this work with the work of the full-time missionaries and ward missionaries. I also served on the ward priesthood executive committee, ward council, and ward welfare committee and attend stake priesthood leadership meetings.


I invite interested readers to learn more of our beliefs at www.mormon.org


Although none of our children or grandchildren are active in the American Rose Society (yet…) we have honored our family by naming roses after family members. There is of course ‘Dona Martin’, the light pink sport of 'Randy Scott' I discovered and named after her. I have also named the roses, ‘Angel Grace’ and ‘ India Marie” after granddaughters. And finally, in recognition of my daughter Elysia’s love for tattoos, Richard Anthony permitted me to name ‘Tattooed Daughter’ after her.


From our Hymn Book - and to explain why I do what I do with roses:


Hymn 223

Have I Done Any Good?


Have I done any good in the world today?

Have I helped anyone in need?

Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?

If not, I have failed indeed.

Has anyone's burden been lighter today

Because I was willing to share?

Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?

When they needed my help was I there?


[Chorus]

Then wake up and do something more

Than dream of your mansion above.

Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,

A blessing of duty and love.