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.

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  1. CandleCoach Springer was an inspiration to me as an Athlete who got the privilege of spending one summer with him as an Alameda County All Star. Met Coach 40years later through Melissa while coaching her sons during Baseball All Stars. Great memories of a great man. God be with you!

  2. The world was made better when Coach was a major part of it here on earth. His numerous accomplishments pale in comparison to him being a wonderful husband and father and grandfather. I know he’s organizing all the angels in heaven for the upcoming season! Best to you!

  3. CandleWhat a pleasure it was to know Bob! He was a terrific person who will be missed. ❤️Sending lots of love and comfort to Lynn, Stephanie, Melissa , and family. 🙏🏻

  4. Memories of Bob are seeing him in his element at Lake Almanor – fishing, boating and enjoying all, almost always with a lab pup at his side. Lyn and the girls became fast friends with our family at the Lake….such great memories.

  5. CandleThanks for everything you taught me it was men like you that made me turn out to be the guy I am if there is more than one way of doing things rest in peace Coach

  6. CandleMy father had a favorite quote: “I may not be the richest man in the world, but I’ve got lifestyle.”
    By that measure, Bob was one of the richest men in the world.
    Based on the amount of reverence and love he received in life and, now, after life, this is plain to see.
    Sending our love forever,
    Mitch and Lisa

  7. Coach Springer was a second father to me. He was a mentor, teacher and coach to countless appreciative student-athletes.
    Coach Bob Springer, aka “CBS”
    will forever be in my heart.

  8. CandleRobert’s legacy lives on in Melissa, Sam, Jason, and in all of the other family members and friends he’s influenced throughout his life. Our thoughts are with your family.

  9. Coach Bob Springer was a GREAT Teacher, Coach , Athletic Director and a mentor of life skills – “He was tough but always fair- and he made you better.”
    He impacted many young men & woman -along with his good friend and Asst.-Coach Bill Harrison at WHS
    Bob Springer is a type of person that can never be replaced – RIP.

  10. CandleThank you for times you spent with me as a young man. Although it was many years ago, your influence has lasted a lifetime. I am forever grateful.

  11. CandleFirst off my wife and I would like to send our condolences to Mr. Springer’s wife Lynn, daughters and the entire family.
    His guidance as a teacher, coach and mentor will always be a part of his many wonderful accomplishments. His legacy and
    domination on the gridiron is Herculean. Mr. Springer’s love of football and humanity will surely be missed. The San Francisco
    State Gridiron Club’s flag if flying at half mast right now…in our hearts.

  12. CandleMy father worked with and hunted with bob at Washington high school.the memories are ever lasting. I as a child went to the football games there at Washington.and the team always would win. Bob was a excellent coach. My father jack hunted as a partner with bob a many years and i got to go along . those were some of the funnest times of growing up.bob was always such a friend to my dad ! I just learned of bobs passing and it touched me.but really wont ever leave me because this man was the kind of man that could leave a great memories with you. Thank you Bob springer for being the god sent man you were love john alfonso jr rip bob !!

  13. CandleMy condolences to lynn and his daughters ! Goo bless you all. Thank you for sharing your great man with are family!-

  14. I had the good fortune of playing for Coach Springer at SJCC in 1998 as a Punter. He was a kind man. I enjoyed the time I spent with him. Sounds like he lived a terrific life, I know he will be missed.

  15. CandleDear Lynn and Family,
    We are thinking of you and your loss of Coach Springer during this Holiday Season. We are so very sorry for your loss. We shared many good times together in the recent past reconnecting and attending several college football games. We are so grateful for the time we were able to spend with you Lynn and with and Coach Springer. Rest in Peace Coach Springer and thank you for all of your wonderful words of wisdom and your generous gift of time. We are praying for you all.
    Jim, Lorrie, Mike, Katie, and Sean Garrity


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