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“To the Fielder "kids", your dad was one of a kind and bigger than life. I remember his smile most of all. One time, when my girlfriends had played ...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Laurie Swiney Brown - La Mesa, CA

“Mr Fielder was the best coach and counselor to our class of 1960 at ECVHS. His love for his students was always apparent and we in turn loved him. ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Loretta Shaplin Hall - Tucson, AZ

“Bob was Judy's counselor at ECHS, class of '60. He was always friendly, helpful and encouraging.She always admired him and considered his guidance as...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Judy (Bissmeyer) and Terry Hart - CA

“Hi Bob, Miss you lots, wish I could have one more big hug from you. Thanks for always supporting me and cheering on my accomplishments. You were...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Lana - Oceanside, CA

“I mourn the loss of a wonderful man, coach & counselor. Coach Fielder was very influential in my life. I worked in the counseling office with him as...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Thelma Vernon Edmundson - TX

“Thank you for the opportunity to know Bob. He was an inspiration to the students at El Cajon HS. What a wonderful man! ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Carol Ann (Eggert) England - CA

“I miss you old soldier. The years I spent being your friend and neighbor were very special. I remember watching football together, hanging the USC...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: John Klimuszko - Oceanside, CA

“Coach Fielder was a special person. I had the honor of playing football for him for three years at El Cajon High School. My heart goes out to...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Larry Hancock - El Cajon, CA

“Coach thanks for letting me set the school record for situps (1500) and the 110 pull up s. you show me nothing was impossible. See you soon. Bob...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Robert Brock - La Mesa, CA

“To the Fielder Family, I was saddened to hear of your loss. Please know how very sorry I am. I can count on one hand the number of teachers I had in...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Dean Barron - Corvallis, MT

“Coach Fielder was my high school counselor. He helped me, guided me, and gave me a chance to succeed. My life would have been different without him...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Joan Williams - Sammamish, WA

“Bob Fielder was my "Coach" - Counselor - Mentor - Cheerleader - Encourager and most of all my Friend. He had a wonderful way of encouraging others,...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Ruth Ann DeForest - El Cajon, CA

“I was lucky enough to meet Bob four years ago when I started an annual trip to California with my Grandpa Freeman Fountain. My Grandpa and Bob were...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Sarah Jacobson - Durango, CO

“Deb, Lindsey, Mark, and all family sending you love on this day and always, remembering uncle Bob a true inspiration to his family and friends thanks...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Scott Grossman - Los Angeles, CA

“Thank God for a full life, a man's man who loved his family first, certainly he will be missed by those who knew him. My condolences to my college...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Mike DeFendis - Fresno, CA

“Mark sorry for your loss,we allways enjoyed Bobs compsny especially with his visits on holiday occasions. He will be missed,knowing how much he meant...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: John & Gertrude DePhillip - CA

“Mark, my deepest sympathy my good friend and mentor. What an incredibly strong, valiant, compassionate family you are an integral part of. Your...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Michael Graves - Henderson, NV

“I had the pleasure of living across the street from Bob and shared many years of 'family' dinners, outings and even holidays. He was a grandfather...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: LyAnn Rose - Carlsbad, CA

“I lost my best friend on March 18th, 2012. You were my hero. Good show and continue to march. One day, I'll see you and Mom again on the other...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Mark R. Fielder - Burbank, CA


Robert H. Fielder (Bob) passed away peacefully on March 18, 2012 in Encinitas, California at the age of 89. He is predeceased by his beautiful wife, Shirley. Bob was born to Harry and Forrest Fielder in Staples, Minnesota on August 14, 1922. He married Shirley Starr on June 12, 1948 in Pelican Rapids, MN. Bob is survived by his three children, Deborah Starr Loughran (Michael) of Vista, CA; Lindsay Starr Donaldson of Edmonds, WA and Mark R. Fielder (Carol) of Burbank, CA and his seven grandchildren Jason,(Jennifer), Andrew, Connor, Sydney Starr, Melanie Starr, Erica Starr, Sabrina Starr and great-granddaughter, Riley Starr. The first of his family to attend college, Bob attended Moorhead State University (Moorhead, MN) on an athletic scholarship for football and basketball. He obtained his BA in Education and went on to obtain his Masters Degree from University of North Dakota, Grand Forks in 1953. Bob enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in the fall of 1942 as a senior in college. He was called to active duty in 1943 during World War II. Bob served in the Pacific and Northern China in the Marine 6th Division. Upon his return to finish his senior year of college in the fall of 1946 he met the love of his life Shirley. The captain of the football team and the cheerleader were married 18 months later. Bob returned to active service during the Korean conflict in 1951 and ultimately retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Major in February of 1952 after a decade of loyal service to the USMC. Upon leaving the military, Bob first coached and taught in the towns of Dilworth and Osakis (MN) and Parshall, ND. In 1953 he was hired by the Grossmont Union High School District, La Mesa, CA where he taught, coached and served as a mentor for many years to hundreds of students at Grossmont, El Cajon and Granite Hills High Schools before moving into Administration. The years coaching and guiding students who eventually became lifelong friends were among Bob's best years. He retired from the Grossmont Union High School District in 1986. Upon retirement from the District, Bob continued in the educational field working as a student teacher supervisor for an additional 15 years with National University and Chapman College. The family has fond memories of many trips to Minnesota and to their vacation home in Baja. Bob and Shirley especially relished their annual visits to their dearly loved state of Minnesota to be with the Tunheim family, and other cousins and friends. Bob and Shirley moved to Carlsbad, CA in 1999 and enjoyed the life of a retired couple. In October of 2006, Bob was inducted into the Moorhead State University Athletic Hall of Fame recognized as a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track. Bob and three other track teammates held the university record for the 400 relay for many years beyond their graduation. He was terribly proud that two of his granddaughters have gone on to compete in the collegiate level of sports in soccer and basketball. Bob will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife in the Starr family plot at Pelican Valley Cemetery, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. From your three children, Deborah, Lindsay and Mark: "Dad- continue to march". Graveside Service: 2:00 p.m. – Friday, May 25, 2012 at the Pelican Valley Cemetery in Pelican Rapids

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