August 15, 1932 ~ May 6, 2020
Born in: San Francisco, California
Resided in: Fremont, California
Robert Arnold Springer lived a long and inspiring life and after 87 years, he passed away on May 6, 2020.
Robert “Bob” Springer was born on August 15, 1932, in San Francisco, California. He grew up in the Sunset District with his parents and younger sister Diane. He attended Lincoln High School, where he played football. He went on to the University of San Francisco on a football scholarship where he was a running back on the famous 1951 USF Dons which were undefeated and later written about in a published book.
Robert went on to finish his studies in Education at San Francisco State when USF closed its football program. While there he met his future wife Lynn, who was studying education also.
After receiving his Master’s Degree in Physical Education, the couple moved to Sacramento and started a family. Stephanie was born while Robert coached and taught at El Camino High School. The next chapter was in Livermore where Melissa joined the family, and Robert coached and taught at Granada High School. Soon after the family moved to Fremont in 1966, where Bob aka “Coach” started his tenure at Washington High School. He would stay at WHS for 20 years. He coached football for the WHS Huskies for many years, which would turn out to be a beloved community. He also coached track for the Huskies for years. His time coaching at WHS was truly his glory days.
Still a teacher at Washington in 1981, he split his time elsewhere coaching. He coached at Chabot College for 4 years, Cal State Hayward for 2 years and San Jose City College for a decade. He spent 3 years working for the Oakland Raiders in their scouting department. Doherty Valley would be his last football coaching stop. Coaching was his passion.
Bob could be found every summer at the cabin where he indulged in his love for fishing and boating. He was an avid duck hunter and never missed a season. He ALWAYS had a Labrador doggy by his side that was the perfect companion in the cold wet duck blinds.
In retirement, Bob enjoyed New York City with his wife where they would take in Broadway shows and delighted in the fabulous restaurants. Bob and Lynn just celebrated 60 years of marriage in March.
He became a grandfather in 2005 and 2007. His grandsons were pure joy for him.
He is survived by his wife Lynn, daughter Stephanie; daughter Melissa, and son-in-law David and his two beloved grandsons Sam and Jason.
Robert was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, an inspiring Coach, and a mentor to many students and athletes.
Now he is resting in peace. He will be missed dearly but never forgotten.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.