“We have climbed most of the mountains in Oregon and Washington including Mt. Hood.”
Bob Bothman is a native Oregonian who has contributed a lifetime to public service with emphasis on improving the state’s trails systems. Born in Hillsboro, he met his wife, Jacquie, at Oregon State University where he graduated in 1954 in Civil Engineering. Bob worked at the Oregon State Highway Department and later at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). He started at ODOT as a member of a survey crew and after forty years of service, he retired in 1991. His responsibility ever-growing at ODOT, his last five years were spent as Director.
Though he’s been retired for over 20 years, he continues to serve Oregon as an advocate for trails and is a walker of trails himself. Together, Bob and Jacquie have crossed the Swiss Alps two times, the Southern Alps three times and also the Annapurnas and Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Inca Trail in Peru, and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In fact, Bob and Jacquie have walked trails in seventy countries and all seven continents. When they’re home, they walk weekly with a Monday morning church walking group.
Bob and Jacquie have four children and four spouses, ten grandchildren and five spouses, and five great grandchildren. All but two grandsons and families in the Coast Guard are in the Portland Region.