I knew Mario very well and coached me to my best wrestling season ever at Bath Schools in 79/80. He was a very nice person and I will miss him dearly. God Bless
A kind, compassionate, understated yet powerful spirit. Thanks for dedicating your life to teaching others. I am proud to have been one of your ELHS students.
I never had the privilege of having Mr. Torrez as a teacher. This didn't stop him from making sure he acknowledged me (and everyone else) he saw in the hallways. He was an absolute classic act. Liked and admired by every student.
Great influence on kids, gave his all, wonderful sense of humor. Blessings aloha, Kate veihl
Dear Torrez Family, Please know that Mr. Torrez will always be remembered by the 1000's of ELHS students whose lives were forever changed because of Mr. Torrez. Like many of my classmates (Class of 77') I had the pleasure of being taught 10th grade Social Studies by Mr. Torrez, and also sports for two years. My big brother, Jerry, was on the wrestling team and I was a "Mat Maid" which Coach Torrez insured we all worked hard, but thanks to his sense of humor, and his ability to get away with playing little practical jokes, we also had a lot of fun!
Thank you Mr. Torrez for sharing your knowledge, heart, and soul. Our lives are forever blessed because of you!
Mr. Torrez was my wrestling coach my senior year. He had a positive influence on me and many others that he coached and taught.
Strange, but I was actually thinking about him today, as I walked home from work. Mr. Torrez was our 10th grade social studies teacher, and introduced Cesar Chavez to our class. He inspired me greatly. I have been an immigration lawyer working with Latino clients for over 25 years, and I credit Mr. Torrez in my career. What a rich, inspiring life. Fondly, Susan Fortino-Brown
I was his student teacher Senior year. I babysat for his son when he was just 8 months old, while he and his lovely wife went out of town for a week ( I was just a sophomore- my GOD the trust they exhibited in a 15 year old!) It was Mr. Torrez who enlightened me to the plight of the farmworkers, leading me to not eat ice burg lettuce and grapes for the longest while. In a simple after school conversation he shared with me earnestly, "There is not enough brotherhood between the races" he meant between African-Americans and Hispanics. How proud he would have been last Tuesday evening November 6th.... Well done thou good and faithful servant- GREAT is your reward in heaven.
Karen Sturdivant Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Torrez family,
I am shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Mr. Torrez. I cannot find the words to fully express my sadness. He was one of my favorite teachers through out all my educational years. I met him on the first day of freshman year when he called on me continuously in class. You really can't forget the teacher who singles you out on the first day of high school. We became friends over many diverse political discussions (we never agreed). He was fair, kind and a wonderful mentor for so many students. I will never forget him.
You are all in my prayers,
Natalie "Spagnuolo" Moore
Mr. Torres was my 8th grade social studies teacher. I read so many life-changing books in his class, including Animal Farm and The Autobiography of Malcolm X. I am so sorry to learn of his death and my thoughts are with his family and friends.
Mr Torrez, you were always a bright light my freshman year at ELHS. You always had a smile on your face, never ridiculed anyone & treated me with respect & kindness. Thank you so much for being the wonderful teacher you were.
Lisa (Joyal) McGehee
I enjoyed being a Spanish student of Mario Torrez. He had a great sense of humor, and his class was always one of my favorites. The opportunities to experience Hispanic culture that he provided his students inspired me to pursue a career using the Spanish language. I graduated with my BA in Spanish and am now a Spanish teacher myself. The profession will truly miss him.
Mr. Torrez was one of the great teachers in my life. He was fair, kind, funny, smart, and enthusiastic. My sympathies go out to the friends and family of this exceptional man.
Dear Torrez family, I wanted to express my sincere condolences with the passing of Mr. Torrez. He was a very special person, with an incredible talent of connecting with children and teenagers of all ages. He will be greatly missed.
It's with a saddened heart that I read this. I can confidently say that Mr. Torrez was one of the most influential people in my life. He was a great teacher, friend, and person. My thoughts are with the Torrez family during this time of grieving.
Tianna Ferris- former student
Mr. Torrez was a funny, brilliant, engaging and inspiring teacher. I had him for a social studies class back in 1981, and I was also acquainted with him through my father.
Mr. Torrez had the ability to not just meet his students at their level, but to bring them up to their full potential. Looking back, he helped me take pride in my Chicano heritage, by setting an example with his leadership and humor.
Rest in peace, Mr. Torrez. May his memory be for a blessing, and may his family and friends be surrounded with support and love in their grief.
Dear Torrez family, I am saddened to hear of the passing of such a warm and caring teacher. Mr. Torrez was one person at ELHS who you just knew represented fairness and understanding and who you knew you could turn to if you needed a caring person to lend you an ear. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Dear Marge and family members, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Mario will be rembered as an excellent teacher and mentor. He was highly respected by his students and colleagues. He was a great friend to me and many others. He inspired his students to be the best they could be. His memory will always be with us. Sincerely, Wally and Victoria Juall
Margaret and Family,
I'm so sorry and sadden by The lost of Mario, When I first met him I was a kid with no future, he took me under his wing and showed me about living a good life and caring for others. It took a long time for me to hear him but Now I can say I hear you Teacher. You two always showed love to me in my trying times as a young man. I will always remember him. One of his students at Eastlansing.
Mario was my teacher,my coach,my best freand,my brother,God bless you Mario,thanks for your help in so many whys,my heart is heavy with sorrow at your lost,be at peace now,My brother
He will be missed I was one of his students.