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Bob LemonBob Lemon

Photo of Bob Lemon
School: Marshall Graduation Year: 1974

Year Inducted: 2014

Sports Played: Football, Wrestling

High School Honors: 3-year letter winner in wrestling, PIL champion as a senior at 157. Co-captain of 1974 City Championship team. 2-year letter winner in football, second team all-Metro as senior, All-PIL as senior; member of ’73 City Champions who made it to state semi-finals.

Post High School Career: Played football and wrestled at Lewis & Clark College; 1977 Northwest Conference wrestling champ at 150. Captain of Old Boars Rugby team, 1998 Nike World master 40+ champions. Competed in 25 marathons and Ultra-marathons. Coached youth baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball and wrestling. 2001 International Assn. Of Firefighters Presidential Award. 2004 Knighted by Franklin HS for community service. 2009 Portland Firefighter of the Year.


My first inspiration was my older brother Mike. Without his help I would never have had the edge that enabled me to be successful athletically.

I was lucky to be coached by a Hall of Fame staff. Darrell Evertt, Bill Smethurst, Monty Rurey, Ken Trapp and Charles Lehman are all outstanding examples of the coaching profession. Of all the lessons these gentleman taught our teams, pride of place really stood out. It was emphasized daily and built a bond and identity for my teammates and myself. Others knew when they played a team from Southeast Portland.

After college I joined the Portland Fire Bureau and went back to work in my neighborhood. I worked in Southeast Portland over 30 years building upon that same pride that I learned in high school. I have coached and continue to coach Southeast kids to take pride in where they are from and to represent their school and neighborhood to the best of their ability.

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