In Memoriam: Robert ‘Bob’ Twilegar

Western Outdoor News owner, CEO and president died on Dec. 30, 2019.

SAN CLEMENTE—Robert ‘Bob’ Twilegar, the owner, CEO and president of Western Outdoor News, died on Dec. 30, 2019. He died of a stroke. Twilegar was 65.

Bob Twilegar joined Western Outdoor Publications when he was 21. His father, Burt, founded the media company in 1954.

“Bob started at Western Outdoor Publications when he was 21, leaving college and his pursuit of a business degree,” an obituary of Twilegar on Western Outdoor News’ website stated. “At first, Bob’s job was to clean up the accounting, but soon that developed into managing the company. As Burt battled cancer that would ultimately take his life, Bob’s role expanded. When Burt passed away in 1992, Bob took on the title of president and CEO.”

Bob Twilegar was an angler and hunter, spending his time on the ocean with a reel. He spent his childhood hunting doves in the Imperial Valley, according to the Western Outdoor News obituary.

Bob Twilegar is survived by his wife, Lori; children Ben, Joe, Olivia, Michele and Emily; sisters Judy Hope and Lauri Robinson; and, family dog Odie.

Lori Tweligar also penned an editorial about Bob Tweligar, calling him an “icon.” She said Western Outdoor News would continue its business as usual.

“Western Outdoor Publications icon Robert Twilegar has passed, and while we deeply feel his loss, we are resolved in his name to make the company better than ever,” Lori Tweligar wrote in her editorial. “It is business as usual at our office, the way Bob would have wanted it.”

Western Outdoor News is a weekly publication covering fishing and hunting in California. The company also puts on the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot and other fishing tournaments. WON, as the newspaper is often referred to, is published in North and South editions.

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  • February 4, 2020 at 3:09 pm
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    I was just informed by a friend that Bob passed. Bob and I were close friends in our late teens and early 20’s. My mother Zoe Ann Rhodes and Bob’s father Burt were companions for many years. Through their relationship Bob and I became friends. The obituary I just read described Bobby I knew to the T. He never said much but when he did everyone listened. He was soft-spoken and gentle. Yet he was physically strong and always decisive. Best of all, Bob Twilligar was a true friend that never let anyone down. After Burt passed we lost touch. I will always regret that. I am pleased to see his life was blessed. I know Burt and of course, my mother would be very proud of him.
    To his family, I send my deepest condolences for their loss.

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