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Iconic Oregon fishing guide Bob Toman dies at 70


Bob Toman, iconic fishing guide and cornerstone of Oregon’s sport fishing community, died of prolonged illness Monday.

He was 70 years old and died two weeks before his 71st birthday on December 17.

Toman, raised in Clackamas County, won two purple hearts in Vietnam as an army soldier at a fire base near the demilitarized zone.

He continued his passion for fishing after his release, becoming an angling innovator who developed several new fishing methods, performed field tests for most salmon and rainbow trout caps – popular skies in the market and explored new fishing holes in the Pacific Northwest.

Toman has guided thousands of people over the years from his home on the banks of the Clackamas River to the Willamette, Columbia and Deschutes rivers, crabbing and fishing in Tillamook Bay. He also established Toman’s King Camp on the Nushagak River in Alaska, which is now owned by his son, Jeremy Toman.

Toman is survived by a son and daughter, Becky Pentecost, four grandchildren, a brother, Jerry Toman, a sister, Patty Jo Wilsey, and his ex-wife Marlene Toman.

The family will hold a private funeral service at Willamette National Cemetery and then hold a memorial service in February, time and location to be announced.

– Bill Monroe for The Oregonian / OregonLive