Tributes to Lynn Pletcher

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Sonya DeLange said:   November 11, 2010 8:05 am PST
As a Speech Language Pathologist in YCJUSD, Lynn was my very encouraging and delightful supervisor for all of the years he was Director of Special Education. It was such a pleasure to see him whether it was in his office, a school campus or my classrooms! Lynn taught me to find one small action about a child I could praise and build from that. He insisted each child had to be doing at least one thing worthy of acknowledging and he was right. It has become a style of therapy and I will always be grateful to him for his wisdom! The computerized IEP Program he developed was wonderful!! Also many of us remember how Lynn was passionate about the LIPS program that would teach students to read and speak! I will always cherish my LIPS materials in honor of Lynn. He had the skill to listen, then to offer wise advice without ever seeming judgmental or critical! He was a true blessing to anyone and everyone whom he met, his employees, friends and his family! It is heartbreaking to think such a valuable life as his has been terminated more quickly than we saw necessary! When Lynn comes into my thoughts I think of this Bible text in Psalms 37:23 "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way." We can each be assured the Lord was always delighted in Lynn's ways! I send my love to Lynn's family with my deepest sympathy! Sonya DeLange, SLP YCJUSD

Pat Morton said:   November 11, 2010 6:48 am PST
As a program specialist in Alvord district, I had the pleasure of working with Lynn for several years when he was developing IEP software for school districts. I think he was driven more by a desire to help teachers navigate the ever increasing complexity of the IEP forms than for any monetary gain. I can't tell you the number of times he went over to help a teacher get up and running with their software and many times it was an equipment problem. He never charged the district a dime for all those visits! I had the pleasure of meeting Linda because she worked at UCR which was very close to where I live so I would pick up updated CDs from her. Linda has the same quiet kindness that Lynn personified every day, so I saw that they were a perfect pair! He was always so kind and patient. I never saw him have a bad day. Some people may live longer than Lynn, but I don't think anyone enjoyed life more than he did. My heart goes out to you, Linda and your fine sons. Sincerely, Pat Morton

Mickey Pease said:   November 10, 2010 11:30 pm PST
It was always a joy to see Lynn and to know that special things would happen with his guidance and leadership. I was privileged to work with Lynn both as a Special Ed teacher and as a home/hospital teacher. He was constantly encouraging to me, parents and children. He truly shared the heart of his Lord with others in the kindness he exemplified. May you be comforted in knowing that he made a difference in the lives of others and that someday soon you will see him on the other side.

Tim Young said:   November 10, 2010 3:28 pm PST
To the Pletcher family. My family and I send our deepest condolences to you all in this tragic loss of Lynn. We were blessed to have met Lynn while he was visiting Castro Valley to spend time with his son, daughter in law and grandson. We as I would imagine many parents have had some concerns with the educational processes happening with our son. Lynn was introduced to us as someone with a very special educational background who offered up his expertise to get a feel for where our son was academically. Lynn took time away from his family to help a boy he didn't have to. As soon as I met Lynn, I felt comfortable with how he explained to us whats going on in a little boys mind. Lynn sat down at our kitchen table and started teaching our boy a very simple yet very effective way to learn to spell. While I started watching this process, something told me I needed to explain to Lynn how our son "Gets it" After about 5 minutes I felt foolish thinking this man needs an explanation of teaching and learning. Lynn got it. As I understand, Lynn had gotten it many times before and made his life a mission of helping those in need. We use Lynn's teaching and understanding on a daily basis. He was a major influence that made a difference in our sons educational achievements. We will be forever grateful to Lynn for what he did for us. We were lucky to have even met such an extraordinary man. Our family joins with so many others who have had the privilege to have known Lynn. We mourn not only our loss but especially yours. God Bless. The Youngs

Kristie Fink Oglesby said:   November 10, 2010 3:07 pm PST
Brett, Kurt & Mrs. Pletcher, I am so deeply saddened and hurt for you and your family. What a profound loss...for your loved ones, for his many, many friends and for the entire community. I smiled everytime I saw Mr. Pletcher in town, and always thought what a rare and special thing it was to LOVE the principal of your school, and I did. He is a truly sweet, kind, and special man, and his warm, friendly smile will not be forgotten. Again, I am so sorry for your loss, and the loss felt by everyone who knew him. My heart is broken!

Don Davidson said:   November 10, 2010 2:27 pm PST
Although many of my friends knew him well, I never met Lynn. That said, we probably rode together on those occasions when our cycling clubs blended together on a weekend ride. Reading all of these tributes has been an inspiration. They demontrate how a life of service and caring for others can make a difference in people's lives. My thoughts are with his family and many friends. I look forward to honoring him at this Saturday's ride.

Shirley Dills said:   November 10, 2010 2:01 pm PST
I don't know Lynn, but he sure looks like someone who played guitar and sang at our 5th Sunday Sing at Banning across from the Banning Library on the last Sunday of October?? Could this possibly have been him? This was at a very small church. I just thought and thought about why he looked familiar?? Please accept my condolences and prayers at this time. I know you must really miss Lynn.

FRED SIBOLE said:   November 10, 2010 12:01 pm PST
IT WAS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO MEET WITH LYNN DURING MY WORKING TIME AT YUCAIPA SCHOOLS. HE WAS A TRUE PROFESSIONAL AND A GREAT FRIEND. WE WILL MEET AGAIN MY FRIEND

Gerry and Paula Porter said:   November 10, 2010 10:33 am PST
Lynn Pletcher exemplified the meaning of Rotary International's motto: "Service Above Self". This was demonstrated in particular after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina when Lynn Co-chaired the "STAR's" (Service to American Rotarians) committee in Rotary District 5330. Lynn was instrumental in recruiting and gathering volunteers to go to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi over the course of 3 years to assist in the rebuilding in the communities of Pass Christian and Bay Saint Louis. The victims of Katrina were most grateful to those of us who accompanied Lynn on the missions. When Lynn's rental car ended up in a ditch the tow truck driver would not take any money - he said he was just thankful that we were there and appreciated the fact that we had traveled clear across the country to help strangers we had never met. That was Lynn - always reaching out - lending a hand. Helping in anyway he could. May he forever rest in peace. Gerry and Paula Porter

JoAnn Brady said:   November 10, 2010 8:44 am PST
To the Pletcher Family, When we read in the newspaper about Lynnâ??s death we were so terribly saddened. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. I worked in the Yucaipa-Calimesa school district for many years. My first substitute job was as Lynnâ??s secretary covering for Joan Stalter in 1986. I worked in the Athletic and Activities Office until I retired in 2000. Our main contact with Lynn would have been with learning disabled students. Our son was one of the students he helped. I remember one time when Sean had just been placed in the program. Lynn called me at home on a three day weekend and ask me to come over with Sean to his office on Third Street. When we arrived he had his computer up and running and showed us different programs that would be a help to Sean. When Sean was planning to continue his education at Chapman University, Lynn helps us find someone to retest him and get him set up in a leaning disabled program down at Chapman. Having Lynnâ??s support and encouragement was one of the reasons of son was able to succeed and achieve his goals. We will always be grateful he was there for our family. The Brady Bunch Jack, JoAnn and Sean

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