On September 10, 2012, Larry Pesetski passed from this Earth peacefully in his sleep. A longtime Oakhurst resident, Larry was a well-liked and highly respected teacher and coach at Yosemite High School for over 20 years.He was born on April 3 in 1946 in LA and attended St. Francis High School in La Canada. Larry earned BA and MA degrees in history and education at UCLA, where he was a member of the football team.In 1984 he left his position at Agoura High School to become a history teacher at Yosemite High School, where he was instrumental in starting the International Baccalaureate program, the EAST program, and the multimedia classes. As the football team’s defensive coordinator in 1984, he led a group that had 7 shutouts and which allowed the fewest points in California.In the 80's his softball team won back-to-back CIF championships and his girls’ basketball team made it to the state playoffs. Larry also taught community college history classes for many years. He supervised student teacher educational classes at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village in Nevada.Larry will be remembered for his doting care of his dogs Linus, Snoopy, Woody, Patty, Snowcap, and Marcie, his love of the outdoors and backpacking, his talent as a photographer, and his collection of classic cars. In 2005, he published a photography book, A Journey to Lake Tahoe andamp; Beyond. Larry was currently working on a book, photos of Yosemite National Park. He will also be remembered for his companionship in entertaining his friends on many golf trips.Larry’s passion for living life large, his animated personality, and his generosity to friends and strangers alike made unforgettable imprints on all who knew him. In his last days he was especially grateful to his care givers at St. Agnes Hospital.Larry’s parents, Steve and Jean Pesetski, preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Loretta, and his loving sister, Judie Richards, and her husband Brian.Recitation of the Rosary will be held on: Saturday, September 15, 2012, 1:00 P.M. at Our Lady of The Sierra, Oakhurst, CA.A Memorial Service will immediately follow at Yosemite High School, 50200 Road 427, Oakhurst, CA 93644.Donations in remembrance of Larry can be made to the rescue dog organization, Northern California Sled Dog Rescue (NorSled), PO Box 5784, Vallejo, CA 94591, American Cancer Society, 2222 W Shaw Ave Suite 201, Fresno, CA 93711, National Kidney Association, 3001 I Street Suite 130, Sacramento, CA 95816 or Red Cloud Indian School, 100 Mission Drive Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770.
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