Robert Lee "Bob" Baccus, 92, passed away on March 20, 2012, at his home, in Medford, Ore., with his daughters by his side. The youngest of eight children, he was born November 24, 1919, in Picher, Okla., to Sylvester and Margaret (LaCoste) Baccus. Bob grew up in Glendale, Ariz., and graduated from Glendale High School in 1938, with a full football scholarship to Arizona State University. As a sophomore lineman, he played in the first-ever Sun Bowl game. He married the love of his life, Lois Margaret Pitts, on June 27, 1941. After Pearl Harbor, Bob enlisted in the Army Air Force and served as a technical sergeant maintaining airplane hydraulics in Manchester, England. Returning to Glendale at the end of his war service, he became a police officer. But the dream of cooler weather, returning to college, and the G.I. Bill brought him to Ashland, Ore., to study. He graduated from Southern Oregon College with a bachelors and a masters degree in education.
Bob and Lois raised two daughters, Barbara and Carolyn, in Ashland and Medford. He lost Lois to Amyotrophic Laterl Sclerosis (ALS) in 1981. Bob was married to Frances Kerns from 1982 until her death in 2008.
Two years after he began his teaching career at Jackson School in Medford, Bob became the principal there. A few years later, he was instrumental in the building of Wilson School and became the school's first principal. From 1974 until his retirement in 1983, he served as principal at Hoover School. In his free time, he fished the Rogue River for salmon and steelhead, and eventually became a popular river guide.
The needs of his community, students, his family, and his faith were very important to Bob. He served on the Medford City Council, was an active member of Rotary International, and the First United Methodist Church. He was a founding member of Mercy Flights and Rogue Federal Credit Union, and the Medford-Alba Sister City Association. Always passionate about the Rogue, he dedicated his retirement to fishing and working to conserve the river.
Bob is survived by his older daughter, Barbara (Jospeh) Beatty, his younger daughter, Carolyn LaCoste; four grandchildren, Teresa (Steve) Denney, Elizabeth Beatty, Molly (Marlon) Taylor, and Tom Leavens; nine great-grandchildren, and his care giver and friend for the last five years, Breshin Billingsley. He was preceded in death by Lois and Frances, his parents, and siblings.
The family wishes to thank Anna Maria Creekside, Roxy Ann Memory Care, and Providence Home Health Care and Hospice for the loving care they gave our dad.
Private family internment will be at Eagle Point National
Cemetery. A public memorial service will be held Friday, March 30, 2012, 2:00 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main Street, Medford, Ore. A reception in the church will follow the service. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the ALS Association of Oregon, 700 NE
Multnomah St. #870, Portland, OR 97232 or the Medford Schools Foundation, PO Box 1126, Medford, OR 97501.