Bob Roth, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, passed away quietly on January 11, 2024 at the age of 78 from complications of prostate cancer. He is survived by his two sons, Michael and David, David’s wife, Natasha Pyzer Roth, grandchildren Sophie and Finn Roth, his brothers Jerry (Diane) and Randy (Chris), and sister Linda Roth Mezera. Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 42 years, Karen Trombley Roth, and his brother-in-law, Donald Mezera. Bob loved his wife, boys and grandchildren and he also enjoyed fishing and sports of all kinds, but especially following the Denver Nuggets.
Bob was born on February 6, 1945, in Racine, Wisconsin to Robert and Lucille Roth. He lettered in football and basketball at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Burlington, WI. He was also Prom King and was a lifeguard at Brown’s Lake. His sister Linda added “Bob was undoubtedly the dream boat of Burlington.” He received his undergraduate degree from St. Norbert College in 1967 where he played collegiate basketball. Bob’s education continued and he received his Law Degree from Marquette University in 1970. Bob served in the Army in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps where, among other matters, he was head prosecutor of the appeal involving the infamous William Calley, My Lai Massacre in Vietnam.
In 1974, he moved to Denver and joined the law firm Shaw and Coghill. In 1976, he and two partners started their own firm, Shaw, Spangler and Roth. In 1996, Bob joined Kutak Rock LLP as a Partner. In all, Bob practiced law a total of fifty-three years. While Bob specialized in commercial transactions, corporate law and real estate, his real passion was mergers and acquisitions.
Bob was the go-to guy of the Roth family support system. Bob loved fine wine, good food, and telling funny stories. He read widely and voraciously, including most of James Patterson’s many novels.
Bob was more than a lawyer. Bob valued his profession, his clients, and even his opposing lawyers. He was a wonderful and successful attorney, partner, mentor, counsellor, coach, and advocate. He was highly regarded by his peers because of his creative solutions. Bob found ways to get impossible deals done using extensive research and superb analytical and negotiating skills to find win-win solutions. He always set the tone for meetings with his quick wit and humor. He was cool and calm with his clients and opposition. Bob had a competitive nature. He was competitive in all he did, whether a pickup basketball game, playing cards or in the courtroom.
He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, clients, partners, peers, and his dog Patches.
Bob requested no memorial service, so there will be none. Please make any memorial donation to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital here: Donate to St. Jude Children's Hospital