Robert ‘Bob’ Wilkins Jr. was a devoted civic leader and family man 

Atascadero’s first mayor, Robert “Bob” James Wilkins Jr., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 25, surrounded by his family. A pivotal figure in Atascadero’s 1979 incorporation, Wilkins was not only a civic leader but also a devoted family and businessman. He owned Wilkins Creative Printing, a business with roots dating back to 1946 and sold in 2010. Wilkins’ love for photography was well admired; he continued to share his passion with the community years after he sold his business.  

Actively engaged in the Atascadero Historical Society and various organizations, Wilkins received special recognition from the Eagle Scouts in October 2023, being named Honorary Scoutmaster for BSA Atascadero Historical Troop 51.

Wilkins’ dedication to scouting began in his youth, culminating in achieving the prestigious Eagle Scout rank. A 17-year service in the United States Naval Reserves during the Korean War highlighted his commitment to duty. Elected as Atascadero’s inaugural mayor, he earned the moniker “Mr. Atascadero,” showcasing how scouting experiences shaped his leadership. 


No further information regarding his death or memorial services has been reported at this time.