Robert F. Fisher
March 26, 1933 - April 6, 2019
Robert Findlay “Bob” Fisher was born in Downey, California on March 26, 1933, younger son of Thomas and Helen Findlay Fisher. He attended Downey schools, graduating from Downey High School in 1951.
Bob attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock, graduating with a BA in Economics. While at Occidental, he was active in Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and Air Force ROTC. During his junior year, he met Marilyn “Lyn” Beynon, whom he married shortly after his graduation in 1955. Bob was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Air Force, completing his training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, then was assigned to the finance office at Eielson Air Force Base outside Fairbanks, Alaska, where he and Lyn lived from 1956-1958.
Bob and Lyn returned to Downey in 1959 to set up their home and raise their sons. He re-joined his older brother Don in operating their local businesses: General Insurance Agencies, Champion Printing and Assured Income Corporation.
Community involvement was Bob’s passion. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Downey, serving in many leadership roles, including teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir. He was a founding member of the Downey YMCA in 1941, participating in many programs both as a youth and later with his sons. Bob served on the Y Board of Managers, acting as Chairman in 1974-1975, and annually took on leadership roles in the Y Current Support Campaign. Bob was a founding member of the Downey Los Amigos Kiwanis Club, serving as President from 1971-1972. He was also a member of the Board at Downey Community Hospital.
After retiring in 1994, the Fishers moved to San Clemente, where they became equally active in the community, including San Clemente Presbyterian Church, Kiwanis Club of San Clemente, and San Clemente Friends of the Library. Bob also enjoyed volunteering regularly in the Building and Planning Department at San Clemente City Hall.
Bob is survived by his wife Lyn, sons Jim (Marilyn) and Rick, granddaughters Jenny and Ellie; Nieces Peggy Fisher, Janis (Jesse) Flores, JoAnn Kearns, nephew Rob (Ginnie) Fisher; grand-nieces: Jessica (Dustin) Carroll, Emily Fisher and Rachel Kearns; Cousin: John (Martha) Powers.
A memorial service celebrating Bob’s life will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at San Clemente Presbyterian Church, 119 Avenida de la Estrella, San Clemente, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully appreciates any contributions made to the Kiwanis Club of San Clemente Foundation, P.O. Box 32, San Clemente, CA 92674. One of Bob’s favorite activities of the year was participating on the foundation’s college scholarship committee for local high school students.