Robert (Trainer) Howell

January 11, 1956 ~ September 6, 2020 (age 64)


Bob, or Trainer as he was known to many, passed away on September 6, 2020.  Bob was born in Miami, Arizona on January 11, 1956, and spent his entire life in Arizona, often referring to himself as a “homegrown Arizona boy”.

Bob graduated from Miami High School in 1974.  He completed an Associate of Arts degree in Education, from Scottsdale Community College in 1976 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Education with a Specialization in Athletic Training from Arizona State University in 1979 – GO DEVILS! 

For almost 30 years, Bob was the Head Athletic Trainer and Director of the Sports Medicine Department for Glendale Community College from 1979 until his retirement in 2008.  During this time, he was also the Director of Athletic Training Services Outreach Program for the Center of Sports Medicine and Orthopedics from 1979-2000.  He was a Past President of the Arizona Athletic Trainer’s Association and a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association for 41 years.  Bob was passionate about the health and well being of all the student athletes and coaches at GCC as well as mentoring the next generation of Athletic Trainers, considering all of them his “kids”.

Bob and Amy married in 2001 and joked each anniversary about beating the “over/under” bets that they were sure friends had placed on them.  Together they created memories that will last a lifetime. 

Over the years, Bob enjoyed summers at the cabin in Pinetop, playing OTL in San Diego, fishing, playing golf when he could, and spending time with family and friends.  What he loved most in life were his countless lifelong friends who loved him unconditionally for over 40 years.

Bob is survived by his wife Amy, his “girls” Ashlee & Snuggles, his family Mary, Bruce & Susie, Mark, Matt, and Katie. 

Services to celebrate his life and legacy will be held at a later date, when it is safe for all to gather together to share joy, laughter, and memories.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Humane Society of the White Mountains.

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