I’m very sad to report that Duarte/Monrovia football fixture and my friend “Big Bob” passed away in his sleep early Wednesday evening at age 52 …

The Duarte/Monrovia-area football fan fixture known as “Big Bob” died in his sleep at home early Wednesday evening. He was 52.

Big Bob, whose real name was Henry Clark, was best known in recent years for becoming one of Monrovia’s biggest football fans. He made appearances this past season on this website’s PrepXtra Live show as an outspoken Wildcats fan.

He was also a fan of Duarte, where he went to school and graduated in 1977. Despite being confined to a mechanical wheelchair due to his weight, Big Bob still made it out to Monrovia games and even was seen at passing games as far away as Glendora this past summer.

Big Bob was also a key cog in rekindling the Duarte/Monrovia rivalry and getting the two teams to play each other annually in the “M/D Classic”, which Big Bob had hoped would turn into something like the Turkey Tussle between Muir and PHS. The series has since been canceled.

“I will just really remember him as a guy who tried to work hard and get things put together for the kids, like the M/D Classic,” former Duarte coach Wardell Crutchfield Jr. said. “He would do stuff in the community, like when all the shootings were going on. He was really involved in trying to get that stuff cleaned up.

“He had a lot of opinions, I’ll tell you that. He believed in what he believed. He was a guy who would get on a bus to come to a football game. I would offer to give him a ride and he would say ‘No, it’s alright. But I’ll be there.’ And sure enough, he would be there. He definitely loved the Monrovia-Duarte connection.”

Aram’s take: Words can’t describe how sad I am right now. I got a call from Big Bob on Monday and although I was still asleep and missed the call, I was very happy to see that he called. Big Bob hadn’t been doing well since the football season ended. Anyway, I called him on Tuesday and spoke to him for 15 minutes and he ranged from coherent to incoherent. I asked him several times if he was OK. He said he was. We talked about his favorite topics — Duarte and Monrovia football — and he was excited for the offseason activities that were about to begin. Big Bob was in the hospital a couple months back and I spoke to him at that time. Among all the funny things he ever told me he said “DON’T YOU GO PUTTING IT ON THE BLOG THAT I’M HERE. WAIT ‘TIL I’M DEAD TO DO IT.” I didn’t meet Big Bob until this season, but I’m happy I did. I got to take in the entire second half of Monrovia’s semifinals win over Covina standing next to Big Bob. He couldn’t have been happier. I also got to hang with him a bit before Monrovia’s championship game win over San Gabriel. All you Duarte and Monrovia players out there will never know just how much he loved you guys and loved watching you play. Big Bob was one of the funniest people I ever met. He made me fall over laughing one time when he abruptly asked/told me “You’ve never had a black man’s barbecue, have you?” Big Bob was one of a kind and he will be missed in a BIG way.

Here’s Big Bob’s last appearance on PrepXtra Live from Nov. 29, 2011. It starts just after the 30-minute mark. It was classic Big Bob!

  • http://www.facebook.com/prepsportsnightlive Big Reg

    Rest In Peace Big Bob… you will be missed my friend.
    Thoughts & prayers go out to you and your family.
    It’s a sad day in the SGV.

  • Kennedy Bryant

    We are all saddened by your passing and you will be missed. Love or hate his opinions or insight you had to respect him. We all recall his Covina vs. Monrovia Covina played BABY BALL He was spot on about MHS crushing Covina. RIP BIG BOB

  • New York

    I was very happy to meet Big Bob in the park before the San Gabriel game. Monrovia football was so important to Big Bob. I am happy he was able to see the golden age of Monrovia ball. “Baby ball” and “Gladstone!” were hilarious sound bites.

  • Frank

    Sorry to hear that! Big Bob was quite the character. I enjoyed hearing his trash talking, even when he was wrong.

  • AMAT 73

    Sad news on Big Bob’s passing. Going to miss his takes on SGV football . Always entertaining when he joined PrepX Live.The SGV has lost a good one, Rest In Peace .

  • Falcons

    RIP Big Bob. Funny guy, great man!

    I’m sure he would have loved to seen this years resurgent Duarte squad, especially with Scoby coming back home.

    Falcons for life!

  • Bulldogs have bite

    R.I.P. Big Bob! Thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Clark’s family and friends.


    Big Bob will get to see all the Duarte games with the best seat in the house, next to God.

  • Bulldogs have bite

    R.I.P. Big Bob! Thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Clark’s family and friends.


    Big Bob will get to see all the Duarte games with the best seat in the house, next to God.

  • Observantcat

    Hated to see you go Big Bob, but if I know you, You’re probably arguing with other angels about how good Monrovia is going to be this season. You are always going to be at the top of my list as a great friend and more so a great person. I have been able to witness your pain on several occasions throughout your life and you just managed to put it all aside and enjoy the shear pleasures of being alive and living every moment as though it was special. I will continue to text you scores from the Monrovia/Duarte games in hopes that you will still get a kick out of watching a resurgence in both cities. Every city needs a Big Bob, because right or wrong he did seem to get his point across. We Will All Miss You Man! and you will stay in our hearts forever.

  • Jefe

    Big Bob was awesome.

    RIP big man.

  • Falcon Mom

    REST IN PARADISE BIB BOB YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. I remember seeing you at all the Duarte football games when my kids were playing. You were such a sweet person. You never missed a game. We all know you will still be watching over every football game from the heaven’s above.

  • coltfan97

    R.I.P. Big Bob!!!! I enjoyed your opinions!!! I thought some were comical, but others had some truth to the!! I loved “baby ball.” R.I.P. Big Bob!!!

  • Anthony

    RIP Big Bob. Our lost, Heaven’s gain…

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