Bob Steel '50 Memorial Service
"Coach" Bob Steel passed away Dec. 6, 2011, in St. Josephs Hospital where he was born 84 years earlier. He was the son of the late Carlton and Clara Steel, and brother of the late Jean Quinn and Carlton Steel Jr. After graduating high school, Bob served in WWII in the Navy on the Aircraft Carrier USS Hancock CV-19.
Bob learned to swim in Stockton's Yosemite Lake and went on to obtain a swimming scholarship at the College of the Pacific. On August 1, 1947, Bob married his high school sweetheart, Jane Iris Coats, in COP's Morris Chapel. While at COP he was awarded the All American Swimmer Award in 1950. He graduated with both Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees. During college and for 15 years after, he spent his summers lifeguarding, managing the pool, and giving swim lessons at the COP/UOP swimming pool.
Bob began his career as a Physical Education Instructor at Stockton High School but quickly moved to the newly opened Stagg High School. His career was spent at Stagg High School teaching P.E., as well as other sports. he loved teaching, coaching, and working with students. He was co-founder of the Stockton Swim Club and also loved spending summers with his family at his remote cabin near Lake Tahoe living with only a wood burning stove, no phone, TV or modern amenities.
Coach Steel is a member of the Old Stockton YMCA, Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame and University of Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Grandfathers Club, Morning Star Lodge #68, Haggin Museum, Calaveras Historical Society, and along with his old friends, a former owner of Murphy's Hotel and member of Murphy's Ale and Quail. He was also a 33-year Chip holder of Alcoholics Anonymous where he spent many years helping others.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jane Coats Steel, sons Robert Steel Jr., Guy Steel, Chris Steel, grandchildren, Jason, Stefanie, Ben, Christina, Joshua, Steven and Alex Steel, and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held Dec. 21 at 11:00 at Morris Chapel at the University of the Pacific.