Robert 'Bob' Reese
May 15, 1939 - November 30, 2017
Robert “Bob” Reese of Medford, Oregon, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017, at the age of 78. Bob was born May 15, 1939 to parents Stanley and Grace Reese in Los Angeles, California. He was the youngest of four siblings. In 1964 he married Emmajo Narragon and they had two children, Matthew Greg and Mary Virginia “Ginny,” before divorcing in 1986.
Bob knew the value of an education and put himself through college, receiving degrees from Cal State Long Beach and Pepperdine University. He found his lifelong passion in teaching, and taught elementary school at Bonita Street School in Torrance, Calif. for over 12 years. After moving his family to Medford, Ore., he began teaching at the newly built Orchard Hill Elementary in 1983. He eventually became the school principal, and after his retirement in 2005, he continued to support the school through substitute teaching, volunteer work, and administrative roles. Bob’s passion for education and teaching kids was evident throughout his life to anyone who knew him.
Bob had a passion for golf, travel, nature, and above all, his family. He often visited his children and grandchildren in Seattle and Montana, loved attending their recitals, soccer and little league games, and always looked forward to spending the Christmas holidays with family. During his retirement, Bob was able to visit many of his “dream” destinations including Hawaii; Washington, D.C.; France; Costa Rica; Disney World; Yosemite; Pebble Beach; and Bandon Dunes. He frequently visited museums, local and national parks, and nature reserves. He also enjoyed his annual trips to Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas with his best friend George. Bob was also a loyal supporter of Medford and Ashland high school and college sports.
Bob is survived by his daughter, Ginny; son, Greg; daughter-in-law, Kristin; grandchildren, Elliot, Stewart, Anna, and Evan; and great-grandson, Theo. He was preceded in death by his siblings and parents.
A Celebration of Life will be held in early 2018. The date and time will be announced soon. The family is grateful for the condolences and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Phoenix High School Alumni Scholarship fund.