In Honor of Bob Ayers
Monday, March 4, 2019
It is with a heavy heart and sadness that we announce that Bob Ayers, owner of TransCounty Title Company, passed away on Saturday in Merced surrounded by his family. Bob was a friend, mentor, and father-like figure to many in the industry.
In 1972, Bob Ayers first went to work as a title searcher for First Merced Title Co. At that time, Bob had not yet purchased his first home, and like many people who enter this industry, he didn’t even know what a title searcher did.
In early March of 1977, Transamerica Title Insurance Company purchased the operation and Bob was promoted and named County Manager. In June of 1985, Bob and his wife Evie purchased the Merced County operation from Transamerica.
Bob's many years of involvement in his church, local politics, and community made him a legend among his peers and colleagues and the success of his company was something he took great pride in achieving.
Over the years, Bob helped CLTA in numerous legislative battles and efforts that benefitted the entire title industry. His many years of being active in local politics translated into some of CLTA’s successes over the years. Bob was recognized by CLTA and the title industry in 2013 with an Honorary Award for his many years of service to CLTA and the title industry.
Perhaps most importantly, Bob was a family man and loving husband. He and his wife Evie were married for 73 years. He is survived by his wife Evie, sons Bob and John, and his daughter, Peg Ayers-Lawler, who is a member of the CLTA Board of Governors.
For those interested in paying their respects to Bob Ayers and his family, a memorial service is being held this Saturday (3-9-19) at the St. Patrick’s church located at 671 E. Yosemite Avenue, Merced. The rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. and the service will be held at 11:00 a.m. A reception celebrating Bob’s life will follow at a local country club directly after the service.