Without a doubt one of the longest, most popular, most respected members of the Rim of the World Unified School District system, Stan Bellamy, will be remembered by the hundreds of hundreds of students he taught through his long career with the Rim of the World Unified School District.
A memorial ceremony was held for Mr. Bellamy at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints on Saturday, November 8. This incredibly popular teacher served students and the school district for 30 years. His teaching career began in 1962 at Faye Ross Junior High in Artesia. In 1965 he moved his family to Lake Arrowhead and he accepted a position with the Rim of the World Unified School District. Throughout his long teaching career at Rim High and at Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School he taught Spanish, photography and journalism. He could be a tough task-master but his students respected him tremendously, which in today’s world, speaks volumes about his dedication to teaching and to his students. He was, to put it mildly, an exemplary teacher who will be missed by so many students and staff members that were part of his life. Living in the small mountain communities, the news of his recent death spread through the mountains like an out of-control forest fire.
In addition to teacher Stan Bellemy served two and one-half years when he went on an LDS (Latter Day Saints) mission in Argentina. During the Korean War he was drafted and served in the U.S. Army. He passed away on Oct. 31 and at the time of his death he was 81-years-young.
His teaching career began in 1962 at Faye Ross junior High School in Artesia. In 1965 he and his family moved to Lake Arrowhead after he accepted a job with the Rim of the World Unified School District. He taught Spanish, photography and journalism at Mary Putnam Henck until he retired. Without a doubt he was one of the most popular teachers that the Rim School District probably had ever had and he earned, as we all do, the reputation he had for caring, really caring about his students and the school district.
Always active Mr. Belamy enjoyed riding his bike through Silverwood and Redlands everyday until the weekend before he died. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed days filled with sunshine and the beauty of God’s planet. With such an interest in mountain history he became known as one of the local authorities on the history of the mountain communities.
Most of all, Mr. Bellamy enjoyed his grandchildren and his two great-grandchildren. He is survived by his three children: Christine Miller, Nathan Bellamy and Julie Bellamy. He also had several grandchildren including Arielle Miller Morasco, Colby Miller, Braeden Miller, Kenneth Wood and Dylan Wood. Great grandchildren include Glada and Myla Morasco.
His Nov. 8 memorial service was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Dy Saints. Although I could not be there I am sure it was probably “standing room only.” Hopefully his family members and friends will take solace in the fact that he was beloved and respected so much and it is not likely that anyone can fill his shoes. The thousands of students he taught through his long teaching career will always remember “Mr. Bellamy.” He was a special man and he cared deeply for the students he taught and vice-versa!