Samual Joseph Patalano, who was principal of Yucaipa Elementary School from 2000 to 2002, died on Dec. 22, 2020. He was 64.
He was a school teacher and administrator in the Inland area with an undergraduate degree from the University of Redlands where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He also earned master’s degrees in environmental education and in school administration.
His lifelong interest in gardening and environmental studies led to the creation of the MESA science pond project at North Ridge Elementary School in Moreno Valley. He also was one of the first educators in Moreno Valley to teach computer programming to elementary school students in the early 1990s.
In addition to serving as principal of Yucaipa Elementary School, he taught science at schools in Moreno Valley and Redlands. He was a science teacher at Redlands East Valley from 2005 to June 2020, when he retired.
A resident of Beaumont since 1989, he served for four years on the Beaumont Planning Commission. He also coached baseball and AYSO soccer in Beaumont.
He was born in 1956 to Margaret and Antonio Patalano in San Pedro. He graduated from San Pedro High School in 1974.
He is survived by his wife Lynne; three sons Christopher Patalano, Orinda, Fla., Dr. Andrew Patalano, Riverside, and Benjamin Patalano, San Francisco; a daughter Corinna Davidson, Portland, Ore.; five grandchildren, two sisters and a large extended family,
Private memorial services will be held online for the family. Friends and students are encouraged to post remembrances on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sampatalanomemorial/.
Donations in his honor can be made at https://results.org/donate with a brief message for his hopes to generate a more just and sustainable world. Results.org is “a movement of committed everyday people who use their voices to influence political decisions that will end poverty.”