A Tribute to My Very Special Friend — Bob Asklof

“Special” is a word that is used to describe something that is one-of-a-kind; like a hug, or a sunset, or a person who spreads love with a smile or kind gesture.

“Special” describes people who act from the heart and keep in mind the hearts of others.

“Special” applies to something that is admired and precious and which can never be replaced.

“Special” is the word that best describes my friend, Bob Asklof who passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2020, following an extended illness at age 81.

As a CYSA District 8 Coaching Committee Member and then District 8 Commissioner he worked diligently behind the scenes to benefit the children.  His relentless efforts to improve youth soccer were realized when he was honored and inducted into the prestigious California Youth Soccer Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

My friend is gone and I am having a difficult time trying to find words to explain my relationship with him.  There was more to our friendship than Youth Soccer; but soccer was our common bond. The glue of creating a better playing environment for our children brought us together and held us together until his passin


Thank you for all the work and effort you did all these years for the youth and me personally. I know and I speak for many others when I say, “It would have been a much harder road to travel without your help!”  The youth soccer community in California and I are richer for your having lived.  We will miss you dearly..!

With great personal sorrow to Connie, your wife of 55 years; Ray Asklof and his family (wife, Amanda and daughters, Payton and Reagan) of Fresno; daughter, Lisa Asklof of Lodi; and sister, Linda Asklof of Culver City.  I ask to share your loss and to extend my heartfelt sympathy.


Karl Dewazien