In Memoriam

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Larry Horace Upp November 19, 1926 - October 15, 2018 LA MESA Larry Upp, the only child of Horace and Lillian Upp of La Mesa, was born on November 19, 1926, and died on October 15, 2018.He was a retired school administrator for the SDUSD after 37 years. During that time, he was actively involved in the development of many programs: at Balboa School, bilingual education in the 1960's, year-round schools (one of 5 schools that pioneered the program in San Diego); at Linda Vista School, initiated the program for Southeast Asian students that arrived in San Diego in the 70's, 17 different languages were a part of this program that was used throughout the City as the increasing Southeast Asian population arrived in San Diego. He was a 50-year member of the San Diego Zoo Education Committee which developed  educational programs both at the Zoo Safari Park, and the Zoo.After graduating from Grossmont High School in 1945, he enlisted in the Navy during WWII, and went on to graduate from UCLA. He returned to San Diego as an educator, and earned a Master's Degree from USIU. He was active in Kiwanis for 52 years. He held many offices including Lt. Governor for the California, Nevada and Hawaii District 11. He established several new clubs during his tenure.After retirement, he taught for USIU in Western Samoa and Palau, setting up a program for Kgn-12th grade  students. From 1989 to 2004, he was an adjunct professor at National University. His hobbies included collecting various replicas of bears, gardening, sailing, and over 20 years in the San Diego Bonsai Club.He is survived by his children Susan, Melissa, Steven and Bradley,  6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.Interment at Miramar National Cemetery, at a private ceremony. Celebration of Life on November 23, 2018. Contact the family at for details. In lieu of flowers consider donating to San Diego Zoo Global, or San Diego Bonsai Club.

Richard de la Pena. Former vice principal at Morse HS. Celebration of Life scheduled for Nov. 10 at Morse High School Auditorium at 10 a.m. Dress is casual/Hawaiian attire in his honor. 
In lieu of flowers, a scholarship is being set up in his honor for students with special needs. For additional details, please contact former VP Bill Laine at or 619-316-6722.

James “Jimmy G” Gonsalves Friday, October 26.  James was employed at SDUSD for 36 years.  Over the years he worked in several capacities.  He started in the grounds department and was then promoted to PEI, Lead PEI, Landscape Manager and finally Zone Manager.  He was gracious with his time and often served as a mentor to his colleagues.
Jim was very active in the community.  He served as President for both, the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) and Academic Facilities Council for the International Facility Management Association(IFMA).