Bob & Marty are enjoying their own version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” that many people only dream of. They are an eternally young in mind and spirit couple and are a joy to be around. The balanced chemistry between Bob and Marty is apparent as they share their own special kind of harmony.
After both of their previous spouses died, they married in February of 2002. Bob Gathers and Marty Chance had known each other for many years and belonged to the same Bridge Club; and they would see each other at different social gatherings. Their first date was at the Cool River Café - and as they say, the rest is history.
Mr. Gathers is calm, cool, and level headed; but “still waters run deep.” Bob Gathers is a man of depth and keen intelligence. Bob, a noted “technological whiz kid,” is one of the founding fathers of the computer software industry. Bob, with a degree in Engineering and Business, has worked with some of the most well-known computer software marvels throughout the last four decades.
Gathers has confidence in his well-studied theories and logical thoughts about our universe; and it’s fascinating to hear him talk about a multitude of subjects, and in what Mr. Gathers refers to as the “Unified Theory of Life.” Bob gives some good tips on problem solving and decision making, and offers these pointers: “Start at the top of a problem and work your way down; Always determine your objective; Know what your assets and liabilities are, and: Seek the optimum level of feasible choice.”
Marty Chance Gathers is such an utterly charming woman with a lovely, vivacious personality. Marty has lots of good “old-school wisdom” and possesses solid, sensible values. She is bright, entertaining to be around, and a fine homemaker. Mrs. Gathers is always thrilled to share her gardening and cooking tips (both of which she is an expert at) with you. Marty is a pioneer and innovator in her own right. She was an accomplished business woman for many years and the head of her own successful travel company. There just aren’t too many women as versatile as Marty Gathers coming down the pike these days!
Bob & Marty, without a lot of fanfare, have given generously to numerous non-profit organizations and have been known for the great leadership they have provided to many people. All ages can learn something from them.
To tell the truth, Bob and Marty were so welcoming and delightful to visit with at their country estate, that it was difficult to head back home to the big bustling city.
Is there a charitable event you both really look forward to attending each year? Cancer League of Colorado’s Spring Benefit and Ball.
When the two of you first met, what is the first thing you noticed about each other? Marty: We have known each other for about 35 years. Bob appeared outstanding in the group of men at a social event. Bob: Marty was always vibrant.
Tell us about your first official date? Dinner at the Cool River – quite pleasant.
What is the secret to a happy marriage? Bob: Learning to adapt to a different life style. Marty: Accepting the others differences.
As a couple, what’s your first priority? Maintaining our health and having a good relationship. We can outdo almost anyone of a comparable age - except professional athletes.
What qualities do you admire in each other? Bob: Marty is always exciting, unpredictable and vibrant. Marty: Bob is straight-forward, honest, and a good conversationalist in any crowd.
What do you have most in common? We have little in common except for our love for each other, our property, our family - and our “love of life.”
They say sometimes opposites attract; what is the most different thing about the two of you? Bob: Marty would travel more. Marty: Bob is content to be at home.
Where do both of you like to go in Colorado for a romantic dinner? Home with a fancy dinner.
What are some of your favorite vacation spots? Lake Powell, Beaver Creek, and Vail.
What is the biggest challenge each of you has ever had? Bob: Getting my message across on the “Unified Theory of Life.” “The Creation of Matter” and “the Creation of Life.” Marty: Adapting to each other after 50 years of a previous marriage.
Tell us about a family tradition? Family occasions and Christmas.
How do both of you want to be remembered by future generations? Bob: I tried to bring some logic to society. Marty: I would like to be remembered for my accomplishments.
What are you most looking forward to in the future? Bob: Another productive day. Marty: Another productive year.
Community Involvement: Marty is a Sandstone Creek Club Board Member in Vail, and she has served on many other charitable boards and committees. Marty and Bob are active with the Cancer League of Colorado and have also been involved with: The Colorado Symphony Guild, The Denver Brass, Family Tree, the Alzheimer’s Association, Spa for the Spirit - for women living with cancer, and several other non-profits through the years.