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Robert Esty Mydans, age 64 died while snowshoeing in the Rocky Mountain National Park near Grand Lake, CO on Saturday February 18th. Robert was born on January 18th, 1948 in Boston Mass. to his parents William and Judy Mydans. He is survived by his wife Judy, son Daniel Mydans and Lindsay Mydans Dunsmore and her husband Dryden Dunsmore.
Robert married Judy Frankenthaler on June 25, 1972 in New York, City and were happily married for nearly 40 years.
Prior to living in Highlands Ranch, and Grand Lake, CO, Robert lived in Boston, MA, Overland Park, KS, and Edmond, OK. His love of the outdoors was a guiding principal in his entire life. From a very early age he climbed mountains, skied, and organized camping trips for kids. His love for the outdoors was instilled upon his wife Judy, son Dan, and daughter Lindsay, and every vacation was spent in favorite spots such as Jackson Hole, WY, Vail, CO, Estes Park, and Grand Lake, CO with his family. He loved to travel and see the world and was recently in Africa and France. He passed away in the mountains of Colorado, near Grand Lake that he loved, with his wife of nearly 40 years. He enjoyed every moment, always seized every opportunity, and lived life to the fullest. Nothing meant more to him than his family and friends. His warm and loving nature was felt by everyone, and he will be cherished and missed forever.
Robert achieved a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and History from Boston University and received his law degree from Suffolk University in Boston. During 32 years with the Department of Justice, Bob prosecuted organized crime, drug, and white collar cases in Denver, Kansas City and Oklahoma City, and he was appointed acting U.S. Attorney while in Oklahoma City. In 1991, he moved his family to Colorado to be near the mountains they loved, and went to work for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Colorado. As senior litigation counsel, Mydans oversaw training and professional development of other attorneys. He served on many boards as an expert on identity theft and fraud and spoke all over the world on behalf of credit unions. He traveled all over the world helping the justice systems of developing countries by providing, guidance, training, and authoring laws.
A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate Robert's life on Saturday February 25th at 1pm. At the Horan and McConaty Funeral Home located at 5303 E County Line Rd, Centennial, CO 80122 In addition to flowers donations may be made to The Mydans Memorial Fund through the Rocky Mountain Nature Association www.rmna.org or P.O. Box 3100 Estes Park, CO 80517. All contributions will be donated to back country search and rescue and trail maintenance. A Reception will immediately follow the service.
Saturday, February 25th, 2012 1:00pm, Horan and McConaty Funeral Home
I worked with Bob years ago at the U.S. Attorney's office. I just learned of his untimely passing. My thoughts and prayers to Bob's family during this most difficult time.
Sherie (Perez) Farstveet Feb 27 2012 12:00 AM
Dear Judy and other friends and loved ones of Bob: I was so, so sorry to hear of Bob's passing and my thoughts and prayers go out to you. I'm so glad, Judy, that I had the opportunity to meet you and Bob and be a part of your Grand Lake experience; it was a great pleasure getting to know the 2 of you. Bob was a very special person and I know he loved the area and all the fun activities he was able to engage in here and I'm glad he had the opportunity to enjoy as much time as he did up here over the past several years. I'm so glad he came in to visit with us relatively recently (sometime within the last 6 months or so). And, again, know that our thoughts are with you.
Sylvia Baldwin Feb 24 2012 12:00 AM
I first met Bob at the end of our driveway the day we moved into our new house in 1991. We shared landscaping plans and history of our previous residences. He found out that I was from Oklahoma and offered his sympathies. I also found out that he loved single malt scotch as much as I do. So,over the years we shared with Bob and Judy, their daughter Lindsay as a baby-sitter, Bob's wonderful scotch, evenings on the deck, his snow blower and friendship. You are so missed!
Maureen "MO" O''Mara-Sanzo Feb 22 2012 12:00 AM
Dear Judy and family, I am saddened by your loss and I want to add my expression of sympathy to those which you have already received. I considered Bob a friend and was always so glad to see him around Grand Lake. With comforting thoughts and sincere condolences, Bob Scott
Bob Scott Feb 22 2012 12:00 AM
I have a very fond memory of being a new arrival to Colorado, and joining Bob & Judy on an adventure with their kids Dan & Lindsay, plus my family plus dogs in a cabin just outside Allens Park. We all had a great time and it was a wonderful introduction to the beautiful outdoors of Colorado. I credit Bob and family for inspiring my ongoing love of hiking and camping and making me so welcome to the state. I can't believe that was over 20 years ago! Also, it was great being your neighbor for so many years in Highlands Ranch. In honor of Bob's love of the outdoors, I have made a donation to The Rocky Mountain Nature Association, to continue their good works with search and rescue. My condolensces to your family. Lisa Graf
Lisa Graf Feb 22 2012 12:00 AM
i was greatly priviliged to work with bob as a prosecutor in oklahoma city where he played a key role as the senior member of the prosecution team that freed the area that later became bricktown from the grips of an organized crime group the department of justice later identified as the third largest heroin ring ever brought to justice in america. bob assembled a team i was proud to serve on as the junior member. despite being a local prosecutor specially appointed to be in federal court, bob treated me as a colleague,kept me out of trouble and steered us through the difficult path to victory. he was respected and trusted by judges, defense attorneys and jurors. law enforcement sought his counsel to build the cases that made oklahoma city the wonderful,safe place it is today. the rebirth of oklahoma city's center is in no small measure due to his efforts. bob was happy to go to the mountains and we were happy for him. that he ended his run so young is a terrible tragedy. that he ended it in the mountains with his beloved judy doing what he loved best is a blessing. God bless you, Bob and your family rest in peace, old friend until we see each other again.
richard wintory Feb 22 2012 12:00 AM