Stephen “Steve” Moore, R.I.P.

Stagg alumni will want to note the passing in November, 2016 of Steve Moore, who taught art and ESL (English as a Second Language) for 25 years at Stagg. He was twice honored as Stockton Teacher of the Year, and by all accounts was revered by his students. As an artist, his work was exhibited internationally. The Alumni Association has recently worked with his executor to return to Stagg materials and instruments which he saved from being destroyed or discarded. He had a large heart, and a lot of room in that heart for Stagg and her students. – Stewart Jacoby, AAStaggAA President.

Stephen (Steve) Moore

June 13, 1945 – Nov. 4, 2016

A gentle, kind, and soft-spoken man, Steve had been born, raised, and lived most of his life in Stockton, where he touched many young lives teaching at Stagg Senior High School for 25 years.

Atler earning a BA and MA’s at UC Davis and Berkeley, Steve taught art, but many never knew he was an accomplished artist himself. His work was shown in Tokyo and Manhattan. He could have become a university professor, but instead Steve devoted his life to teaching younger students, using art and filmmaking as a way to help his students discover their own creativity and use their imaginations. This was his mission, and his challenge. For most of his students, english was a second language. They had strong ties, so Steve visited their homes, talked with their parents, and learned how they lived. He became a recognizable regular at their community events, eating their food and making new friends. He helped find jobs for his students, at times creating the job. Every summer he volunteered his time, studio, and equipment to run a movie making camp, funded by grants he had written.

Steve fulfilled his mission and proved the power of one, changing many lives and opening young minds to create. His students believed in themselves and their ideas, and they believed in a teacher who believed in them. Steve was voted Stockton Teacher of the Year twice, but for him, the greatest award was watching his students graduate and possibly continue on to college.

Stephen was preceded in death by his father, Aubrey D. Moore, and mother, Darlene Moore. He left behind his brother, Aubrey D. Moore, Jr., older sister Carolyn Moore de Ortiz, and younger sister Pamela Moore Watson. He was well loved and will always be missed. A service for Steve will be held privately at his request.

Published in The Record on Nov. 30, 2016

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John Linley McCarthy, R.I.P.


John Linley McCarthy

John Linley McCarthy

John Linley McCarthy
1920 – 2015

John Linley McCarthy was born at home in Oakland, CA on September 22, 1920 to John Nicholas McCarthy and Edith Linley Jones McCarthy. He was a third generation Californian, his family coming from Ireland and Wales. John had four children, Kathleen, Maureen, Janet and Paul, and two step children, Michael and Elizabeth Ann. John had three sisters, Barbara, Pat, and Alice who predeceased him many years ago.

He entered the University of California, Berkeley majoring in music and minoring in mathematics and speech graduating Phi Beta Kappa in music in 1943. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of the Pacific in counseling and psychology. He loved marching in the Cal band for five years playing his flute and piccolo. He was in the 40th Division California National Guard From 1937-1941 where he served as a medic. In 1935 at the age of 15 John became a professional musician playing church organ earning $1 a week. He gave his earnings to his parents. He was a Life Member of the Stockton Musicians’ Association. John moved to Stockton in 1947 to teach. He was the choral music teacher at Stagg High School where he had 120 students in the general choir, 60 in the advanced choir and 40 in the A Cappella Choir. John played organ for 75 years until he lost his sight in 2010.

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David Martinez Sr. (1985), R.I.P

david_martinez_1 On December 13th 2015, David Martinez Sr. passed away due to a long road of health complications. He was a father of 3 kids David Jr., Anthony Ray, and Andrea Leanna. A Grandfather to 5 beautiful grandchildren Serenity Denise, Thiago James, Isaac Andrew, and 2 that are on the way that will not get the pleassure of seeing their grandpa. He was a very hard working man that never had a ounce of quit in him. He worked 27 years for Bobs lube and oil on Country club drive in Stockton. He graduated from A.A. Stagg High School in 1985. He loved his Oakland A’s and Oakland Raiders with a passion. But most of all he loved his family. Always made time for others no matter the reason.david_martinez_3David Sr and his 3 children; Anthony, David jr, and Andrea.

Joe Gatz, R.I.P.

Joseph A Gatz

February 8, 1952 – May 3, 2012

Joseph Anthony Gatz, 60, was born on February 8, 1952 in Quezon City, Philippine Islands and passed away peacefully at home in Stockton, California on May 3, 2012.

He worked for the United Postal Service as a package driver for approximately 10 years and then was a member of General Teamsters Local 439 for over 18 years.

In high school Joe was an avid athletic playing football, baseball and all around sportsman. He was inducted to the A.A. Stagg Football Hall of Fame in 2010. He received Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007 from Stockton Unified School District. For the last twelve years, Joe was the Stagg Athletic Booster Club President.

Joseph is preceded in death by his loving wife Jonelle Ann Brekenfeld. He is survived by his sons Micheal and Trevor, his brother Donald, nieces and nephews and numerous people who considered him family.