Rob Hoffman

Died: Sun., May 20, 2018

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Robert (Chef Rob) Hoffman


June 22, 1958 – May 20 – 2018

Rob was born in Coeur d’Alene Idaho.  He grew up hunting and fishing and learned how to cook wild game by both his mother and father.  At a very early age of seven he became interested in cooking.  His first adventure was to make donuts, when his Dad and he bit into them it almost broke their teeth. He attended University of Idaho and majored in Architecture but he left that field to become a self-taught Chef, he was an avid reader for recipe books that taught him many things.  Two highly trained Chef’s influenced his career and they encouraged him to follow his passion; he was so grateful to learn and work with them.  He had a natural knack for creating menu items with wild game and seafood, he seasoned them perfectly he even created his own seasonings and bbq sauces.

Chef Rob was soft-spoken, gentle and loved to teach young adults and kids how to cook.  He even had cooking classes for the community.  He loved Pendleton and the community that was supportive.  His other loves was basketball, for the last twenty eight years he would get up at five o’clock to play basketball at six in the morning, no matter what the weather was doing.  If you started talking to him about boats, motorcycles and skiing through the trees you almost couldn’t get away from him.  A lot of people knew Chef Rob because of his bib overalls-he had several designer bibs.

Chef Rob came to Pendleton in 1983 and took a chefs job at the Tapadera Motel & Restaurant, Tom Drumheller was his boss.  He packed up his belongings and rode down here on his motorcycle.  In 1985 we were able to purchase the Skyroom Restaurant at the airport and he introduced Pendleton to his famous creamy fettuccine’s and smoked prime rib and wild game.  People tell him that his huckleberry crème brule was the best, comparable to the Chef’s in France he was told.  We always talked about having a restaurant in a house but never thought it would be as magnificent as the Raley house.  We have lived and worked here for 27 years. 

Rob died of glioblastoma brain cancer.  Until his death he was still gentle and kind and thought he would beat it…..he died peacefully with his mother and wife by his bedside and his Dad was with him for five days before he passed. 

He is survived by his loving wife Raphael, Darrell Hoffman his Dad, Elaine Bartlett his mom & step dad Herschel Bartlett his younger brother Lyle.  Other step sisters & brothers are:  Herschel Bartlett Jr., Paul Bartlett, Theresa Bartlett, Sheri Bartlett, and Pamela Faulk

Awards:  Restaurateur of the Year 1997, Oregon Restaurant Association, Regional Director of Oregon Restaurant Association 2 Terms, Best of the Best Chef’s 1991,

Pacific N. W. Magazine

Volunteer Work:  Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts Fundraisers

Judge for Oregon State Pro Start Competition

Taste of the Nation Fundraisers 5 yrs, Portland OR

 American Culinary Federation Events

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Mitch Myers & Tina Orton
   Posted Tue May 22, 2018
We will miss you Rob.......GOD SPEED.

Linda Curtis
   Posted Wed May 23, 2018
Our hearts and prayers are with Raphael, family and friends. Rob was a wonderful, genuine person and great chef! His legacy will live on. 🙏

   Posted Wed May 23, 2018
So sorry

Scott and Angela Turner
   Posted Wed May 23, 2018
We are so sorry, for the loss of Rob. He was a great man.

Sharon Maness
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
So sorry to see that Rob has passed away, that ugly cancer has claimed another great life. My condolences to the family and especially to Raphael. May Rob Rest in Peace. God bless.

Tracy Hamby
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
Rob you will be missed for all your positive attributes. I hope that all that were close to you find peace and understanding through this sad passing.

Mary Jo Price
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
I am so sad Raphael for your and all of our loss of a wonderful man and chief. I am in Baltimore and my sister in law said “Oh, those wonderful mushrooms” ! Our love and prayers go to you and a big hug. 💔. 💕

Kim and Loran Lindell
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
We will miss our after hour chats and the fabulous food that accompanied them. We regret that we were not able to make the journeys we spoke of, but we will be forever grateful for the friendship and memories we will cherish. Always in our thoughts until we meet again.

Bill and Nancy Overstreey
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
Were sorry for your loss, I still can’t recreate his Crab Fettucine, but will honor him by keep trying. We are thinking of you.

Linda Bevington
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
Rapahel, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

Heather Eckman-Lunny
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
He will be missed, you are in my thoughts & prayers Raphael

Ronald Halfmoon
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
Chet and I are saddened that Rob left us, he was so good for you, and you guys made a good team in the restaurant business. We offer heartfelt condolences for your great loss. We love you Raphael and offer prayers for your healing. Jamie Connor was remembering Rob over lunch at Seniors telling us how Rob loved and supported basketball. His touch with cooking was extraordinary and we remember breakfast at your place then at Shenandoah Acres, how he could whip up ordinary food into a delicious repast. Love, and Peace.

Ruth Fenton
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
There are no words to express how sad and sorry I am.

Vicki Scharn
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
Raphsel. So sorry for

For the loss the loss of your best friend

And love of your life. He was a special guy and will b missed by so many My heart goes out to you.

Shannon (Roloff) Hall
   Posted Fri May 25, 2018
Raphael and family,

I am so sorry for you loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have so many wonderful memories of Rob and am so thankful for knowing him. Much love to you in this difficult time.

Shannon Hall

Cindy Overstreet
   Posted Sat May 26, 2018
Thinking of you Raphael and wrapping my arms around you. Bless you and Rob.....such a kind and gentle man whom I loved his food! I always called him "the sauce man!" My love to you.

Marsha Cox
   Posted Sat May 26, 2018
So sorry.

   Posted Sat May 26, 2018

My heart is breaking. I am so sorry to hear of Rob's passing. I have such fond memories of meeting both of you on a Starbottle ski trip, and have always enjoyed seeing you and Rob when I occasionally visit Pendleton. He was a fabulous chef and had such a kind heart, showing his love through the food he created and shared with us. You're both in my thoughts and prayers.

Eagleheart Family
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, he was a great man and will be truly missed by many.

Kenny & Lora Franks
   Posted Fri June 01, 2018
We are so very sorry to hear of Rob's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. One of my favorite memories of Rob is when he would have a pasta night at the Athletic Club. All of the pasta was yummy, but my favorite was the chocolate. Big hugs to you, prayers for strength.

Dan and Bev Kinsley
   Posted Fri June 01, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. The world has lost a gentle, talented, kind man.

Jan Leonard
   Posted Tue June 05, 2018
Dear Raphael ... My heart goes out to you at this time for the loss of Rob. Such a kind good man always with a big smile and such talents he was blessed with. He will be missed . Please hold tight to memories and know my thoughts and prayers are with you .
Jan Leonard

Carl Greene
   Posted Thu June 07, 2018
Rest well my friend, Jesus is coming! I'm so glad we were able to catch up at the reunion.

My condolences to the family. Rob was a truly amazing man.

Barb Champion
   Posted Fri June 08, 2018
I was so saddened to hear of Robert's passing. We grow up as neighbors in Coeur d'Alene and went to school together. I hadn't seen in him years until our 40th class reunion & asked that he join our table. It was great to get caught up on life and hear about his restaurant. I wished now my husband and I made the trip down to try it out. We might just have to make the drive to meet you Raphael. I am so so sorry for your loss.

Billie McCormick
   Posted Sun June 10, 2018
So sorry for your loss!

Jenny Fenton
   Posted Sun July 15, 2018
Rob was a Wonderful gentle spirit who could make me laugh so much! We used to chat if he was puttering in their garage and I had used their parking (with permission!) to file paperwork at the courthouse. Rob was refreshing to chat with-and he loved Raphael so so much.
I am sad his Time here is done.

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