Nordhoff teacher succumbs
by Lenny Roberts
The Nordhoff High School flag was lowered to half-mast Tuesday
morning after word spread around campus that longtime favorite
teacher Deno Lepas had died.
Diagnosed with a liver ailment two years ago, the 58-year-old,
35-year NHS veteran metal shop, auto shop and sculpture arts
teacher died at the University of Southern California at Los
Angeles Medical Center Monday after it was learned that he had
developed pancreatic cancer last week, according to assistant
principal Susana Arce.
"He taught here until June, and dragged himself to work
every day," Arce recalled. "He taught so many students
over the years. People in this town were absolutely crazy over
NHS principal Dan Musick had requested, and Dr. Van Riley, district
superintendent, granted, that the Ojai Unified School District
end Friday's classes at 11:50 a.m. so that students and teachers
could attend Lepas' 1 p.m. funeral services at St. Demetrios
Orthodox Church at 400 Skyway Drive in Camarillo, and the subsequent
burial at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura.
"He was just a very kind and easygoing, fun-loving person.
His long illness, that was the sad part about it," Arce
Lepas was married to Debbie Lepas, and the couple had three small
children. A memorial scholarship in his name and contributions
should be sent or delivered to the Nordhoff office at 1401 Maricopa
Deno Lepas' obituary
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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