In Memory

Robert Harry Coon

Robert Harry Coon



 
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09/08/15 08:58 AM #1    

Gerald Tetsuo Kuwada

Bob was a good kid.  He treated me well.  He was quite the athlete as we played football together for LC.  He was smart and we got along well.  I heard when he got to college things fell apart for him.  I don't know the details but that's in the past now.  I saw him at our 30th high school reunion.  Initially I didn't recognize him as he physically changed so much.  We talked briefly as I could tell he was very uncomfortable.  Sorry to hear he passed.  Gerry Kuwada


09/08/15 09:04 PM #2    

Crawford Morrill Spens

I met Bob in grade school and remember that he was a great guy. As Gerry Kuwada said his life fell apart in college.  I know that he was an attorney and that he had a "flash back" while in court one day. Don't know what happened after that.  Miss him.  Crawford Spens


12/04/15 02:25 PM #3    

Scott Charles Neilson

Bob was my best friend growing up.

The growing up part took us a bit longer than normal.

I first met him in huge snowball fights at Hutton grade school. He had a good arm, a ready smile, and was quick to laugh. Bob came to LC after being uninvited from St George's for riding the bus home...on top of the bus that is. My favorite memory of him was Bob speeding in his 1957 baby blue chevy bel aire convertible singing "Pretty Woman" with Roy Orbison and Bob laughing about how it was a "chick magnet" in the vernacular of the day. He said the color matched his blue eyes, which it did, and yes, it wa a chick magnet for him. Another favorite memory is us getting arrested for drag racing  in his dad's stolen car. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Maybe it was the green Mercedes going 70 down Riverside that caught the officer's eye. Couldn't outrun those flashing red lights. We would often  ride horses out in the valley at a family ranch. Bob was a great athelete...he caught 10 Craig Austin  passes in one football game with NC.  At the time that was a city record. We spent way too much time at the Sunburst Tavern in high school "philosophising" and thinking we were sharing very insightful thouhts about life the way self important teenage boys do after 10 beers.

Summers, we would go up to his family ranch in Tonasket to buck bales of hay, ostensibly getting in shape for football, in reality it was an excuse to practice drinking and going to dances at the Sawdust Makers Hall in Omak. He was a cowboy at heart.

(I am leaving out the bad stuff we did).

Being smart, he went to Whitman on scholarship and played football. Not being smart, he dabbled in pharmaceuticals. Actually, Bob did not "dabble" in anything in his life. Whatever it was, it was over the top. He led a crowd of students who painted an army reserve tank white to protest the war. He had a real thing about Richard Nixon. As he struggled with mental health issues, he went to law school and passed the bar.

Bob personified "carpe diem" every day. He left two beautiful daughters.

Bob was my best friend growing up.


07/05/16 02:03 AM #4    

Scott Dietrich Sledge

I take my hat off to Scott Neilsen for his memories of our mutual friend Bob Coon.

I too will skip the bad things we did together. I will add that Bob tried to quiet the voices in his head by jumping of the Monroe Street Bridge. How he survived that landing is a miracle. I saw  Bob every time I came to Spokane and we'd go do something. He was a gentle soul. His humour was lifelong. I remember his creation , the Zebra magazine and his idea book No Money advocating a system of social credit that was not based not on money but on equity. Bob was a man who had original thoughts: sometimes he scared other people. I loved him.


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