Bobby Joe Bautts

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Bobby Bautts, DDS, 86, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in his hometown of Rogers, Ark. He was born on Oct. 11, 1930 in Rogers to Ed and Alpha (Duree) Bautts. Dr. Bautts received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He was a member of the Xi Si Phi fraternity and received an honorary alumnus from the University of Colorado Medical Center, School of Dentistry. He opened his first practice in Durango, Colo., in 1958 and continued his professional success as the Director of Allied Health Programs at the University of Southern Colorado, where he developed and wrote the curriculum for a new dental hygiene program. He also served as a surgical staff member for five Colorado hospitals. He returned to Rogers and worked as a clinical dentist, specializing in endodontics until 2010. Bobby respected his profession and perfected his dental expertise for 52 years. He had a love and passion for providing dental care and those who were fortunate to be his patient or work by his side knew his level of dignity and professionalism. Bobby married Wanda Louise Hunt in 1950, in Rogers. They were happily married for 67 years. She was the love of his life and his best friend, followed by the love for his three daughters and grandchildren. He loved the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the great outdoors and horses. He enjoyed carpentry and mentoring of dental professionals as an educator and a colleague. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents Ed and Alpha, and his siblings Betty Jean (his twin) and Don Ed (older brother). Bobby is survived by his wife Wanda of Rogers, Ark.; his daughters Teresa and Michael Robinson of Bentonville, Ark.; Jackie Bautts Sanders of Gilberts, Ill.; and Holly and Quentin Kidd of Newport News, Va.; his grandchildren Jennifer Robinson, Rebecca Robinson and Brandon Dougherty; great-grand children Jared Dougherty, Taylor Cassat and Reagan Cassat. A memorial service was held at the First United Methodist Church on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to First United Methodist Church, in Rogers, Arkansas or Circle of Life Hospice, in Springdale, Ark. Arrangements are under the care of Rollins funeral Home of Rogers, Ark.

Published April 30, 2017