Robert J. Plaisance
June 03, 1930 - February 19, 2010
A beloved husband, father and lifelong coach who will be dearly missed
Age 79. Passed away February 19, 2010 from cancer. Born in Plentywood, Montana on June 3, 1930 to Adler J. and Irene (Thompson) Plaisance. Married Nancy (York) in 1955. Children; Claudia (Greg), Stephen (Patti), Chris (Leah) and Tory. Grandchildren; Jennifer, Sean, Drew, Max, Tanner and Conor.
Bob’s family moved to Bremerton in 1941 where he attended Naval Avenue Elementary school and Lincoln Jr. High. He was a member of the first sophomore class in the new Bremerton H.S. where Bob was a proud member of the fabled “Warren Avenue Gang”. During his time at Bremerton High he played football and ran the mile in track. After graduation in 1948, Bob attended Olympic Jr. College where he played football and ran track. In 1950 he joined the Air Force and discharged as a Staff Sergeant four years later. Returning to Bremerton he received his Associate Degree from Olympic College in 1955. Bob attended Eastern Washington College on scholarship and obtained his teaching certificate two years later. Bob worked towards his Masters degree at Western Washington and UW.
Bob’s first teaching/coaching position was in Silverdale in 1957, where he taught in the jr. high and was an assistant football and golf coach at the high school. In 1960, Bob was the head football coach, assistant basketball coach and head track coach at Meridian H.S. in Bellingham. In 1964 he moved to Edmonds as teacher and assistant football, swimming, assistant wrestling and head track coach at Mountlake Terrace H.S. He was there for 12 years before moving to Woodway H.S. to take the head football job and eventually the head track and cross country coach. Bob stayed at Woodway for 12 more years before retiring in 1988 completing a 30 year career as a teacher and coach. Retirement didn’t last long for Bob when took a job at Boeing in 1989 where he resumed work until his final retirement in 1994. In 2003 Bob was invited to coach the Klahowya H.S. baseball team as an assistant coach for two years. Bob ended his coaching career in the same city where he began, doing the same thing he loved-coaching high school sports-47 years after he started.
Once retirement was a reality, Bob and his wife Nancy married 55 years, moved to Lakeland Village in Allyn, WA where they were embraced by a golfing community full of friendship and love.
A memorial service will be held February 25, 2010, at 2:00pm at American Legion Hall, 22909 56th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA (206) 776-5490. Please see map link below.
A second memorial service will be held in Bob's memory at Lakeland Village Clubhouse, 200 East Old Ranch Road, Allyn, WA 98524 (360) 275-6100 on March 6th at 1:00 PM. Please see map link below.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Mary Bridge Children Foundation or your favorite charity.
Just as the Wave Cannot Exist
Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me. It is an uncomfortable doctrine which the true ethics whisper into my ear. You are happy, they say; therefore you are called upon to give much.
Looking into the portals of eternity
Looking into the portals of eternity teaches that the brotherhood of man is inspired by God's word; Then all prejudice of race vanishes away.