As we all know teachers have an enormous impact on students lives…….for the rest of their lives. Thankfully most teachers leave a good imprint on their students and that “footprint” is carried by those students for the rest of their lives.
Dean Dellinger was one of those exceptional teachers and I know that his imprint on the students he taught will be remembered for a long, long time.
At the time of his death on May 30 Dean was 85-years-young, having been born on February 12, 1929. Imagine all that this creative teacher saw throughout his long lifetime. He was born in DeKalb, Illinois and he died on May 30 in Rialto.
A memorial service will be held on July 12 at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church at 539 North Acacia Avenue in Rialto. The memorial service will begin at 10:45 a.m. with a mini-concert of a brass quintet that will precede the actual memorial service.
Dean was a music teacher for many, many years and many of his former Rim of the World Unified School District students posted tributes to their mentor online. Some of those made it very apparent to anyone reading them that he was the best teacher anyone could have asked for. On a special computer page he was honored by former students and friends and I am posting some of those thoughts. “He taught us the music the way it was written.” “Dean taught three of my children at MPH in the early ’70s.M y children learned to love music while playing in the band.” “When our family first arrived to the Inland Empire, we knew we were in for some blessings….but we had no idea how deeply our hearts would be touched and how our family would expand. Dean, you became a part of our family. When we were first invited to watch you at San Jacinto Community College, we knew we were in for a treat.”
While my children never had him when they attended Rim schools I remember how much he was respected and beloved by his students and by their families. Not all teachers have the gift of relating to students and parents but he was one of those very unusual teachers who did and his students, and their families, were all the better for knowing him.
Dean must have had a wonderful, fulfilling life with his immediate family and with his “extended family” that included all the band and other music students he helped throughout his long teaching career in the Rim of the World Unified School District.
In addition to the memorial service on July 12 he and his wife Barbara (who preceded him in death in 2012) will be interned at 2 p.m. on July 13 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Lake Arrowhead. The church is located at 27415 School Road. Friends and family are invited to attend both services or one or the other. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Dellinger Memorial.