Robert Bates Koch (Bob) loving father, chemist, man of God, passed away at the age of 83 in Salt Lake City on September 4, 2012. He was born January 24, 1929 in Salt Lake to Horace and Marie Koch. Bob grew up in “The Avenues” and was a curious inventor, from the start. His family describes him as humble, witty, huggable, king of cuisine, prickly hair, giving, comforter, generous, thoughtful, wicked smart, best friend, teacher, basically “THE MAN”. By the age of 10 he was working odd jobs to support the chemistry lab he had assembled in his parent’s basement. Before the age of 15 Bob had created his first commercial product, “Rochelle”, a cold cream for women which he hired young ladies from the neighborhood to sell door-to-door. In his first year at the University of Utah (at age 16), he was asked to be a lab instructor because of his knowledge of chemistry. He received a prestigious grant from the National Sugar Foundation and was one of the first people to develop detergent from sucrose esters. He served a successful mission to Uruguay making Spanish forever a part of him. Returning home he married his childhood sweetheart, Beth Wood, on June 11, 1951 in the Salt Lake Temple. Blessed with 8 amazing children, his “quiver was full”. They raised their children in the Holladay area until moving to South Jordan where he built their home with the help of their children. Never fearing the fact that he hadn’t done a thing before, he built business after business. He developed commercial detergents and varnishes, built a maleic and fumaric acid manufacturing plant, and a resin plant, built the fiberglass dome that covers Liberty Jail museum, rebuilt the baptismal font in the Salt Lake Temple and gold leafed the oxen, patented vitamin formulas and manufactured vitamin supplements, manufactured resin based hardware and was one of the originators of the famed “Relief Society grapes” and “Clackers”. Later in life he fulfilled one of his dreams by becoming a real “chocolatier” and mastered the art of hand dipping chocolates. He spent hours perfecting his chocolates to share with family and friends. A generous spirit, he touched many lives with his encyclopedic knowledge and Christ-like love. He loved to help all he could with no thought for his own comfort or needs. He served faithfully in many callings including 18 years in the baptistery of the Jordan River Temple.\n\nHe is survived by his wife Beth, his 8 children, Robert (Julie), Jeff (Tamra), Steve (Claudette), Greg (Susan), Brent (Jana), Susan (John) Holland, Kristine (Dan) Sampson, James (Cheri), 36 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren. Proceeded in death by his father and mother, brother Richard, sister Virginia, and grandson Nathan. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.\n\nViewing: Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 6-8 pm at Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home, located at 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway.\n\nFuneral: Monday, September 10, 2012 at River Ridge 4th Ward Chapel, 1244 W. Chavez Drive, South Jordan, Utah, with viewing at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and the funeral service at 1 PM.\n\nInterment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 S. Highland Dr, Salt Lake City, Utah.