Obituary: John Daegling
On May 16, 2015, the world lost an incredible person, but knowing his beliefs, one can say with certainty that the world will never be without John Daegling.
For this reason, this piece will be written in the present tense; it just seems wrong to write about John as if he were not with us. Anyone who has ever known him will attest to the fact that our world is kinder, smarter, and brighter because he has trod this earth with us. Each of us has been changed, for the better, by this man, and a piece of everything we do and accomplish, most of us will attribute, in part, to his gentle guidance.
John is a humble man and would not like the myriad of accomplishments throughout his life scattered across the pages of this paper. Many people know just how much time and energy he has spent improving our educations, our environment, our health, our spirits, and generally making this world a kinder place in which to live.
So there will not be the typical list of organizations and charities in which he has been involved. Each of you who knew him, will, I am certain, create your own list in your mind. He is indeed a rare individual, and we all are so fortunate to have had him in our midst for nine decades. Yes, John would have been 91 on July 31 of this year. How lucky we are to have experienced this burst of energy and light for such a duration.
By today’s standards, John is not a wealthy man, but for those who knew him, there has never been a treasure trove as deep as John Daegling¹s.
Born in San Jose on July 31, 1924, John was always proud to have received a teaching credential from San Jose State College. After serving in the United States Navy, during WWII, at Corpus Christie and The Weather Central in Hawaii, John became a teacher for the Department of Defense Overseas Dependent and Embassy schools.
It was while he was teaching in England that he met Vera. They had adjacent classrooms, and Vera could not help but hear the robust young man next door. They were married just one year later and continued to teach overseas for eight years in England, Germany, and Norway. When their only son, Karl, was born in 1964, in Norway, the little family returned to the states, and John became the ski coach for Truckee High School.
When the doors of North Tahoe High School were opened in 1975, John was one of the first to walk through, and he remained there until his retirement, twelve years later, in 1987. After his retirement, John could most frequently be seen on the Tahoe Rim Trail, either building or hiking. He had an abiding love and reverence for nature, as is obvious to anyone who knew him.
John will forever be lifted up by his loving wife, Vera.
A service to celebrate this John’s life will be held on June 6, at 11:00,in the auditorium of North Tahoe High School, in Tahoe City.
John was devoted to both the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Tahoe Cross Country Center, so should you wish, you may make a contribution to either of these organizations in John name.
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