Robert James "Bob" MINNIX (1950 - 2017)

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Robert "Bob" James Minnix passed away suddenly on Friday, Novem-ber 3, 2017, in Pullman, Washington. He was born on February 1, 1950, to the late Samuel and Hortense (Orr) Minnix in Spokane, Washington. Bob is survived by his wife, Genny (Lawshea) Minnix; two sons, Brennan Minnix and Blair Minnix (Kaylyn); one granddaughter, Brooklynn Minnix; his siblings, Samuel Minnix Jr., Verda Lofton (Andrew), Marion Roebuck, Margo Minnix, and Gary Minnix; numerous nieces and nephews; and his lifelong friends, Bill Etter and Mel Dodd, who were his "true north." Bob was preceded in death by his brother, John St. Clair Minnix.
Bob attended Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane where he starred in football, earning First Team All-City and Associated Press First Team All-State honors in both his junior and senior years. An outstanding student Bob earned a scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame where he lettered three years in football, and led the Fighting Irish in rushing his senior season. After graduation, he declined professional opportunities with the NFL and the CFL to enroll in the University of Washington Law School where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree.
Bob pursued his passion in athletics and law through 20 years of employment with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), serving the last seven years as Director of Enforcement, where he was known as a pioneer of compliance and a champion for the fair treatment of the student athlete. In 1995 he left the NCAA to become an Associate Athletics Director at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, where he developed mentoring programs for college athletes and taught in both the undergraduate and law schools. Following his tenure at FSU, he accepted a position at Washington State University to become Senior Associate Athletics Director, a job from which he recently retired. He was a nationally recognized authority on regulatory and enforcement issues in college athletics and was a distinguished lecturer nationally for many years at numerous conferences and seminars. Bob was past president of the National Black Coaches Association and received the Frank Kara National Leadership Award from the National Association for Athletics.
Bob had a passion for golf and fishing and he was an avid collector of wine, considering himself to be an amateur sommelier. He loved his family, his friends and a spirited debate. His remarkable ability to make everyone feel addressed, to feel special, will be forever missed by those who had the great fortune to know him and to love him. Memorial donations may be made to the Robert J. Minnix Endowed Scholarship, University of Notre Dame c/o Donor Services, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556.
A public celebration service will be conducted for Bob on February 17, 2018 at 1:00pm at the Lewis & Clark High School Auditorium in Spokane, Washington. To extend condolences and to share memories of Bob please visit


Published in Spokesman-Review on Jan. 14, 2018