April 11, 1928 - December 17, 2013 She stops him in a Thai restaurant and asks Are you Mr. B.? You changed my life. They hunt for him online to let him know his words, his passion made one a professor of neuroscience another a published novelist. Thank you, Mr. Batcho. You changed my life. Those are the words spoken so many times to John Batcho, a great teacher. John Batcho died on December 17, 2013 at the age of 85 in Los Angeles, California after a brief battle with pneumonia and heart disease. John graduated from Huntington Park High School and proudly worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. After serving in the Korean War, he enrolled at Los Angeles Community College and then transferred to UCLA where he earned his B.A. in history and English. Mr. B., as he was often called by his students, taught history, literature and composition for 30 years, beginning at Marina del Rey Junior High School, then Venice High School, from which he retired. He also taught at the University of Hawaii and the Psychological Clinic School at UCLA. He pursued his passion for understanding the learning process by completing an M.A. in Education at Cal State, Northridge. A challenging, unforgettable teacher, John is survived by his loving partner of 41 years, Marcey Henshel, his beloved sister Lillian Little, his brother Donald Batcho, his nieces Tina, Khris and Judy, and great nephews Michael and Eric. John also leaves behind his stepson, Joseph Krahulik (Dorraine) of Honolulu, Hawaii, his loving stepdaughter Dorie Zuckerman of Pacific Palisades, his granddaughter, celebrated mountain adventurer, author and law professor Amanda Padoan (Paolo), and his great grandsons, Eli and Matteo of Barcelona, Spain. A gifted dancer, creative gardener, generous neighbor and friend, John will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. No services were held per John's request.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 5, 2014