Robert David Espinoza, BHS 1966
Robert David Espinoza, passed away Friday, November 29, 2013, surrounded by his family. Over the past 30 years, he endured many illnesses that challenged his abilities, but he always had a positive attitude and outlook on life. Bob was born May 2, 1948, in Los Angeles, California to Robert and Anna Espinoza.
On July 26, 1969, he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Donna Colleen Dolan. Bob attended and graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 1973, with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics. After graduating they moved to Ventura where he began his teaching career at Oxnard High School. There he would teach for twenty four years, loving what he did and inspiring many students in the process.
Due to health complications, he had to retire early from Oxnard High School. Bob endured many challenges, but the one that affected him the most was Multiple Sclerosis. Although this was very debilitating, he would often refer to the acronym MS as "Math Specialist." His ability to find the silver lining in any situation is something that he radiated with everyone he came in contact with.
He is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter, Camie Granados and her husband Tony, their children, Alyssa, Jacob, Nathan, Joshua, and Jayden all of Orem, Utah; son, Brian Espinoza and his partner Ivan Serdar, their children, Amelia and Sam of Oakland, California ; daughter, Kelly Lowry and her husband Stephen, and their children Joseph and Mick Lowry of Ventura, California.
Bob loved the outdoors, he would roll around the neighborhood in his wheelchair greeting everyone he saw. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and taught them all by his example. Bob loved everyone and always had a smile on his face, no matter how he was feeling. It has often been repeated by many, that he did not have a mean bone in his body.
"Heaven is lucky to have our dad and we will miss him greatly."
Services will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 11:00 am, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Burial will follow at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park. The family has set up The Robert D. Espinoza Memorial Fund with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
In lieu of flowers, please help us continue the fight for others with MS. http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/RobertEspinoza.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be left at TedMayrFuneralHome.com.
Ventura County Star, December 2013