Local educator Bob Doyle often said that cancer might kill him, but it would never defeat him. On Jan. 2, 2008, he was correct on both counts. He was 68 years old.
Bob was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was awarded a master’s degree in history. Following a stint in the U.S. Army, Bob began his teaching and coaching career in Sacramento.
After 10 years in the classroom, Bob became a high school vice principal. In 1973, he left Sacramento to become the principal of Tahoe-Truckee High School, where he would serve as an elementary principal, middle school principal and assistant superintendent. In 1975, he was named “Man of the Year” by the Truckee Rotary Club for his contributions to the community of Truckee.
Bob loved his wife, Carol; his children, Katherine Doyle, Kelly Doyle and Steve Doyle; three stepchildren, Jonathan Fisher, Maggie Shipley and Jill Fisher; sisters Constance Gilmore and Laura Doyle; four grandchildren; and his loving friends who made his life, “rich beyond measure.”
His mother, Ruth Doyle, of Grass Valley, Calif., followed him in death just 43 hours after his passing. His father, Francis Doyle, a pioneer in the field of special education, preceded him in death.
Any donation in his memory should be made to the Central Asia Institute, Box 7209, Bozeman, MT 59771, an organization that builds schools for girls in Afghanistan and one in which Bob was intimately involved, or to The Community School scholarship fund, Box 2118, Sun Valley, ID 83353 or to the Wood River Valley YMCA.
Bob’s family would like to invite all of his many friends to Bob Doyle’s Day on Saturday, Jan. 12, in Sun Valley, Idaho. His “day” will begin with a memorial celebration at The Community School gymnasium commencing at 1 p.m. There will be a shuttle bus service from remote parking organized by the school. Those who wish to attend are urged to allow extra time to use this service. Bob Doyle’s Day will continue at the Wood River Valley YMCA at 6 p.m. for a more casual party/reception with refreshments, Bob’s favorite music and an open microphone for any who would like to share a memory or a good Doyle story.
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