Robert Harold Mastin - age: 97
(January 06, 1918 to March 03, 2015
Bob "Coach" Mastin went to the Locker Room one last time on March 3, 2015. Born in Dryden, Oregon on January 6th, 1918, he attended school in Mountain View after his family moved there during the Great Depression. He went to college at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) and finished his formal education at Stanford University. His passion was athletics, and he was a standout in football and track & field. At Stanford he was a member of the infamous 'Wow Boys" football team of 1940 that included Frankie Albert, Hugh Gallarneau, Norm Standlee, Pete Kmetovic and many other outstanding players, inspiring personalities and lifelong friends. Together they went undefeated, capping their season with a spirited Rose Bowl win over the University of Nebraska.
With World War II looming, Bob entered the ROTC program and then joined the US Navy. He was accepted into the Tunney Fish Program, focused on recruiting athletes as physical training instructors who could get thousands of Navy recruits into good shape as quickly as possible. Posted to Hawaii as second in command of rest & recreation camps provided him with an opportunity to apply his knowledge, training and winning personality to helping sailors and officers recover from the rigors of war. Bob left the Navy as a captain, met his wife Jessie in Oakland, California, and began a long, loving and widely traveled life with her.
In 1946, Bob accepted a coaching position at Santa Rosa Junior College that lasted 33 years and included many championship teams. He was head coach in four sports, served a long term as athletic director, and was awarded several inductions into the SRJC Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2015, he was inducted into the California Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame, alongside sports greats such as Jackie Robinson, Joe Morgan, Bill Walsh and John Madden. An enduring legacy of that history is the continuing relationship with the remaining members of the 1949-50 football team, regarded by many at that time as the best junior college team in the country.
Bob and his wife Jessie, who passed away in 2001, traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe, where he honed his skill as an oil painter. They moved to Gold Beach, Oregon in 1996, and continued to travel, paint, cook and watch the ever-changing rhythms of the Pacific Ocean and Rogue River from their hillside home.
In 2006 Bob moved to Ukiah to live with his son Jim and daughter-in-law Mary Buckley. Active until the end, he enjoyed watching sports and politics on television, reading Western novels, drinking two Red Tail Ales in the evening, and visiting with his grandchildren and great-granddaughters. He leaves his sons Steve and Jim (Mary), grandsons Jonathan (Allison) and Spencer, granddaughters Jessica (Noah) and Lila (Simon), great-granddaughters Alina and Sage, many nieces and nephews, and untold close friends and acquaintances.
His was a full and joyful life, and his family and friends are comforted by the abundant love that surrounded it.
At Bob's request, no memorial service will be held; however, contributions may be made to:
SRJC 49-50 Football Scholarship Fund, c/o SRJC Foundation, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Plowshares, PO Box 475, Ukiah 95482-0475 (www.plowsharesfeeds.org)
Ukiah Players Theatre, 1041 Low Gap Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482