Robert Joseph “Bobby” Mollere was born on January 4, 1953, in Phoenix, Arizona, to Wrigley and Frieda Mollere.
He graduated from Phoenix Central High School and spent one year of ROTC at Arizona State University. Bobby worked as a plumber and pipefitter with Piping Systems for 30 years.
Bobby was a certified scuba diver and loved aviation. He owned a small Cessna and held a pilot’s license for 35 years. Bobby and his wife Willie enjoyed rescuing baby birds and releasing them back to nature. They spent many weekends together at their cabin located northeast of Payson, Arizona.
Bobby was a volunteer firefighter with the Hellsgate Fire Department in Star Valley, Arizona. He volunteered countless hours and also earned his certifications as an EMT, wildland firefighter, structural firefighter, and engineer. But he was most loved by his fellow firefighters for his joy, delightful sense of humor, endless analysis, and unending willingness to help—whether by welding a coworker’s metal fence or showing a coworker how to repair her car.
Bobby Mollere suffered a fatal heart attack during wildland training in Payson, Arizona, on March 8, 2014.
Bobby’s had two sisters who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Willie Mollere, of 18 years. They had no children.