Brian Calmer

A 1982 Crater graduate, Brian was an honor student while at Crater, even taking the challenging Advanced Placed United States History course as well as Advanced English for college credit. He was equally adept on the football field and especially on the track oval which is a main reason for him being recognized tonight for the Athletic Hall of Fame award. Besides being on the Crater High School honor roll every semester, at the end of his senior year he and Jeff Johnson were the co-winners of the coveted Crater “Citizenship” award. It was in track and field that he became a well-known state-wide name. His list of track accomplishments is impressive: He was a member of the State Champion 400 Meter Relay team along with Craig Renfro, D.J. Branson and Darryl Clift.

They set a state record of 42.57 which still ranks high on the list of 400 Relay times. The Crater 1982 track team went on to finish 2nd at the State meet just two points behind perennial powerhouse, South Eugene. Besides being on the record setting 400 meter relay team, Brian finished 3rd in the high hurdles, 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles and was a member of the 2nd  place 1600 meter relay team. Through his efforts, he accounted for 18.5 individual points at the State meet, a tremendous accomplishment.

After Crater, Brian attended Oregon State University, graduating in 1986 with a 3.68 GPA in Business- Finance. His first job out of college was with the Shell Oil Company, first in Houston, Texas and then St. Louis, Missouri. Anxious to return to Oregon, in 1994 he took a position with American International Forest Products, working there until 2016. He is currently employed at Sherwood Lumber Company and has coached youth football in the Beaverton area.

Brian met his wife, Jayne, at Oregon State where she was an elite gymnast who for a number of years held the uneven bars record with a 9.9. Brian and Jayne have been married 32 years. Their son, Trent (25, played baseball at Concordia University in Portland and is currently employed in the medical rehabilitation field. Daughter Brenna (22) was awarded the Top Senior Dancer and Top Senior Mathematician at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Remembering his Crater days, he can’t forget his mother, Barbara Calmer, “She was my biggest fan. I don’t remember her missing a track meet. She is 85 years young and lives on her own on her 70-acre farm.” Unfortunately, Brian’s dad, Frank Calmer, broke his hip only a few days after Brian was notified he had been selected for the Crater Hall of Fame. He never made it out of the hospital, passing away at 88 on the morning of June 22. As Brian reflects on his teachers and coaches, he gives special credit to several “Othar Richey was my first football and track coach at Sams Valley Elementary. He was a great teacher. And then I can’t forget my football and track coaches at Hanby Junior High School, Tom Perdue and Jack Parker.  Then there was Mr. Ryerson at Scenic my 9th grade year who coached both football and track and, finally, Jim Guscette, my Crater track coach.”