In Memoriam

In Memoriam
Posted on 04/21/2023

Obituary notices and memorial service announcements for current or past San Diego Unified employees can be included in the In Memoriam section of Newsline by e-mailing [email protected]. Out of respect for the individual, please include a link to a formal obituary or provide as much detail as possible about the individual's life and involvement at San Diego Unified.

Items will be removed after 60 days.

Shannon Dearborn

Shannon Dearborn of San Diego passed away on April 16, 2023. She leaves behind two loving parents, and her beloved dog Bailey.

Shannon Dearborn worked for San Diego Unified School district for over 20 years in special education. She taught at San Diego High, Dana Middle, University High, Clairemont High and most recently as the Area 2 Elementary Program Manager for Special Education. She touched the lives of hundreds of students and was well-loved and respected by all who knew her. In her personal life, Shannon loved her local running group, Orange Theory, and especially running Disney marathons. Since she was such an avid Disney fan, we are honoring her life with a Disney themed brunch. Please wear Disney apparel if you wish.

A Celebration of Life for Shannon will be held at
Admiral Baker Park –Gazebo #4
3604 Admiral Baker Rd. San Diego, CA 92120
Saturday, May 20, 2023, 11:00-2:00
Celebration of Life for Shannon Dearborn

Posted 5/11/2023

Jeff MacCuish

Jeff MacCuish passed away on July 3, 2022. He was a Senior Speech Language Pathologist for many years, and worked closely with related service providers, as well as at Kennedy Elementary, during his career with the district. His celebration of life was attended by close friends and colleagues in the summer of 2022.

He was loved by all, and is remembered for his sense of humor, his tie dye shoes, and his dedication to all the children and colleagues he supported.

Posted 5/11/2023

Jose Delao

Jose Delao of San Diego passed away on April 28, 2023, at the age of 59. He leaves behind two loving parents, and brother Richard.

Jose served the District for over 40 years, first at Kearny and San Diego High Schools, then for different District Central Offices. In his last role, he served in the Human Resources Department for the past 23 years. He was beloved by many and his absence will be felt, for he was always willing to help those who asked for assistance and guidance with a smile.

Services for Jose will be held at
The Immaculata Catholic Church on University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park Way, San Diego, CA 92110

Friday, May 5, 2023, at 6:30pm

Funeral Mass
Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 10:00am

View or download services details.

Posted 5/03/2023

Gilbert Gutierrez

Gilbert Gutierrez of Chula Vista passed away on April 8, 2023, at the age of 76. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 53 years, Frances (nee Olivares), his sons Gilbert of Chula Vista, Steven (Caren) of San Rafael, Anthony (Jeanette) of Chula Vista, and daughter Analicia La Salle (Justin) of Los Alamitos.

Gilbert taught in El Paso before being recruited by San Diego Unified School District in 1974 to fulfill a need for more bilingual teachers. He moved his family to San Diego, where he taught elementary school. He later moved into administration, serving as a principal in the San Diego Unified School District for over 20 years.

Full Obituary

Posted 4/21/2023

Robert Herndon

Robert "Chip" Herndon passed on November 8, 2022. He worked at Marston and Taft Middle School during his teaching career.

His celebration of life will occur on April 15, 2023 in Bakersfield, CA at the Elks Lodge 1616 30th Street Bakersfield, CA 93301 at 1:00pm.

Posted 4/06/2023