Robert Joseph "Bobby Joe" Sullivan (1943 - 2007)

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Robert Joseph Sullivan passed away unexpectedly in his home and went to be with the Lord on March 29, 2007. Bob was born July 3, 1943, in Anaconda, Mont., to John and Margaret Sullivan.

Growing up with his older brother John, Bob attended St. Paul Parochial School. It was at Anaconda Central High School that Bob began a storied athletic career in football, basketball, baseball and track.

Some of the many accolades earned by "Bobby Joe," as his friends and teammates affectionately called him, include: leading his team to a victory in the 1960 Divisional Football Championship, being awarded 1st team all tournament in the 1961 Butte Gold Medal tournament and earning the 1962 Butte Gold Medal Basketball Tournament Most Valuable Player award.

After graduating from high school, Bob attended Western Montana College on a three-sport scholarship in football, basketball and baseball, a rarity then and now. He continued his athletic success by starting as quarterback for the "Bulldogs" and led his team to victory in the 1963 Montana Collegiate Conference Championship.

Following his graduation from college, Bob began his 25-year-long career as a high school English teacher and football coach in Libby, Mont., and in 1965 guided the "Loggers" to winning their Divisional Championship.

In 1968, his teaching career led him to Brookings, Ore., where he taught and coached at Brookings-Harbor High School for four years.

From there he returned to Montana and taught at Park High School in Livingston. He served as head coach for varsity basketball and assistant coach for varsity football.

It was there that Bob met and married Pat, his loving wife of 27 years.

In 1985 Bob and his family moved to Bozeman where he earned a Master's Degree in Counseling from Montana State University. In 1990, he moved to Hood River, Ore., continuing his career in education as a high school counselor.

His love of kids and sports prompted him to coach basketball and golf and to announce numerous sporting events for the Hood River Valley Eagles. His plans were to retire in 2009, rounding out 44 years in education.

Bob Sullivan is survived by his wife Pat Sullivan of Hood River; sons, Kyle Sullivan of Mills, Wyo., Lance Sullivan of Rapid City, S.D., and Sean Sullivan of Livermore, Calif.; daughters, Angie Sullivan-Gray of Corvallis, Ore., and Crystal Sullivan of Hood River; eight grandchildren who called him "Papa", Tanner Sullivan, Taylor Sullivan, Drew Sullivan, Michael Gray, Madison Sullivan, Matthew Gray, Caden Sullivan and Noah Gray; brother, John Sullivan of Grand Junction, Colo. He is further survived by cousins, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

In his leisure time, Bob enjoyed long motorcycle rides on country roads and playing golf with his friends. He was passionate about life and loved his family deeply.

He dedicated his life to kids and education and was greatly respected and loved by those he knew. He will be forever remembered as a genuine, humble and kind-hearted husband, father, papa and friend.

Our sincere thanks for the outpouring of love and for the hundreds of cards, calls, visits, food and prayers we have received. A special "thank you" to the Hood River Christian Missionary Alliance Church, Anderson's Tribute Center and Hood River Valley High School for their generosity and support.

We graciously request that any remembrances be sent to the Bob Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund at Key Bank, 1920 12th St., Hood River, OR 97031.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 15, 2007
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