Bobby Lindamood, Sr., was both our founder and a great leader–generous, humble, and well-respected. In 2009, Bobby tragically passed away at the age of 56. His wife, Kayla, and son, Jake, joined together after his passing to continue the family business that Bobby started.
Bobby did not merely make a living; he enabled the world around him to keep progressing. He began his demolition adventure with one truck and one tractor, slowly growing his company into the successful and respected business it is today. His word was his bond, and his clients knew him as someone they could trust.
Bobby was fond of the phrase “What can I do to help?” and enjoyed working alongside his team and others in the industry. He was a leader with a big heart, always ready to lend a hand. He was a friend to everyone, and his employees were considered part of the family.
Bobby the Working Man
Bobby grew up working alongside his dad, Pete, who started out as a logger and truck driver. Later on, Pete started a successful family business of his own: Lindamood Tree Service. When Bobby turned 20, his father nudged him to go out on his own. With this encouragement from his father, he paved his own way. He started with earthwork and excavation, eventually venturing into small demolitions. Word got out among local contractors, and the rest is history.
Bobby loved the work he did. It nurtured him and gave him the most satisfying years of his life. He not only excelled at running a business, but also at imploding large buildings and in heavy hauls, building his fleet to include more than 20 trucks and trailers as well as several pieces of heavy equipment.
One of his interests outside of work centered around trucking. You might have seen Bobby at a truck show or two. And this was a family affair. His son Jake also loved truck showing–something he always did with his dad. Jake’s modified heavy haul truck won numerous awards and was even featured on the cover of a trucking magazine.
Bobby and Jake were more than father and son, and they were more than just business partners–they were best friends. And the funny thing about these truck shows is that they weren’t just fun and an opportunity to spend time together as a family. The shows got the Lindamood name out there and were a great way to network in the industry. Bobby and Jake met many of Lindamood’s future employees at trucking shows. (Those semi-trucks and Peterbilts can really bring like-minded people together.)
Bobby the Family Man
Bobby had a firm understanding of what was important: the joy-filled simplicity of living life with those you love. And Bobby lived and loved well. He and Kayla met in 1977, married in 1980, and were blessed with three happy decades together. During those years, they raised a family and built up a business of tearing things down.
Bobby taught his kids about life, how to pick a quality truck, to love everyone, and to just be thankful. He took great pride in his children and would be pleased with the legacy Jake and Kayla are continuing today.
Bobby’s Memorial at the Lindamood Yard
Following Bobby’s untimely death, the guys in the Lindamood shop built an eight-foot-tall cross out in the pasture where the accident occurred. This is now a special place where everyone can hang out from time to time. Every year, the crew turns out to celebrate his life on the anniversary of his passing.
“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” – Unknown