Ray “Coach” Hobbs

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April 11, 1929-February 9, 2018

Ray Hobbs passed away Friday, February 9, 2018, at Regency Pullman. Born Raymond H. Hobbs on April 11, 1929, in Acme, Wyoming, he was the first child and only son of Raymond and Frances Hobbs. Ray joins his parents and sister Ella along with wife Josie in eternal peace. He is survived by his three children Jody, John(Liz),and Wesley(Stephanie),6 grandchildren, Brian, Michael, Amy, John Wesley, Austin, and Molly, and 6 great grandchildren. In 1945 Ray crowned his high school sweetheart Josie Homecoming Football Queen. They were grand Marshalls for the senior prom. They were married August 20, 1948 in Coulee Dam, Washington. Ray graduated high school from Sheridan High School, Sheridan ,Wyoming. His junior year his parents moved to Coulee Dam, Washington for a job opportunity. Ray stayed in Sheridan and lived with his high school football coach to be able to play high school sports. His summer jobs were working on a family ranch and also working on Grand Coulee Dam. He was a four year letterman in football, basketball and track and received the “Outstanding Player of the Year” award after his Sheridan High School Broncs won the state football championship . In 1947 Ray was recruited to play football by Washington State College and his position was fullback and kicking the extra points after touchdowns. Ray played against the likes of USC Trojans Frank Gifford and Washington Huskies Hugh McElhenny from the golden age of college football. After graduating from WSC Ray had several offers to play professional football but chose to coach football at Pullman High School. Coaching football was always his dream. Hobbs taught physical education and coached football for Pullman 34 years before retiring after the 1985 season. At the time of his retirement Hobbs was the fourth winningest coach in Washington high school football with a 188-104-8 record, including a three year streak of undefeated teams. He also coached for a two year period at Davis High School in Yakima, Washington, but Pullman was his love. Hobbs was the PHS basketball coach for 17 years and later became the athletic director and activities coordinator. There were times when he would coach vacant coaching positions such as track and golf. Hobbs was named Inland Empire Coach of the Year in 1979 and was a member of the Washington State Coaches Hall of Fame.  Ray was well respected in the coaching community throughout the Inland Empire and the entire state of Washington. It was not uncommon for opposing coaches and players to visit him during the off-season. He came out of retirement to assist the Lewiston High School Bengals as the defensive coach for two years and then had a successful stint coaching 8-man football for the Colton Wildcats. While at these two stops Ray acquired more friendships. After his second retirement Ray helped his son Wes coach at North Central High School in Spokane . It was the Hobbs philosophy that whatever you do in life deserves all you’ve got. ‘ If you give it 110 percent that’s all anyone can ask.” Three of his former players went on to play professional football. He commanded respect from every player. He always wanted to win the game, but the player was always more important than the win. Famous for his crew cut hair style, one PHS football game listed only one injury. It was Coach Hobbs getting a little too excited on the sideline kicking a yard line marker. The football field at Pullman High School is now Hobbs Field. Hobbs was always appreciative of the many teachers, coaches and administrators that supported him. He was a true gentleman and would do anything to help others in need. An avid outdoorsman, during the off-season Ray loved to spend time in the canyons in his native Wyoming or in the wilderness in Northern Idaho camping, hunting or fishing. The family will gather for a private graveside service at Pullman Cemetery. A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday , March 17, 2018 at 2:00PM in the New Pullman High School Gymnasium. Attendees are encouraged to wear Blue and Grey. The Hobbs family is forever grateful for the continued support and love provided for Ray by Friends, Regency Pullman and Hospice. Ray wanted to let all the honyocks out there know that he and Josie sure appreciated all the friends they have made since coming to Pullman in 1948. Memorials may be made in Ray and Josie’s name to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, directing funds to be used for breast cancer research.

By |Feb. 19, 2018|

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