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Rod Flagler
1940 - 2016

Roderick Earl Flagler, revered husband, father, teacher, coach and friend, died on December 24, 2016 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, Kristen; children, Erika (Teo) Zuvic and Jon (Jenny) Flagler of San Clemente, CA as well as four grandchildren, Corey, Brody, Van, and Jack.
Rod was born in 1940, an only child to Billy Caskey and Earl Edward Flagler in Baton Rouge, LA. When Rod was 4, he moved to Culver City, CA, when his father was hired by Howard Hughes toward the end of WWII to design the hydraulic systems for the flying boat. After graduating C.C.H.S. in 1958, Rod attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he received his BA. In the fall of 1962, Rod returned to Southern California and worked briefly for Los Angeles County as a social worker while attending Long Beach State for his teaching credential. It was in 1968 that he began his wonderful 30 year career as a high school English teacher and coach for the Palos Verdes Unified School District. He was a profound third generation educator, following his mother and grandfather. In 1978 Rod received his MA from Pepperdine University.
He was most proud of his two Terman Awards from Stanford University, one in 1989 and again in 1991 for his contributions and exceptionally positive influence on high school students. From the number of former students who became teachers, it is obvious these two inspiring awards were highly deserved. Other notable features of Rod's successful career were with long time friend and colleague, Joe Kelly, as they coached winning cross country and track teams together, and traveled through Europe with students every summer from 1981-1991.
Rod and Kristen, his beloved wife and former student, were always addicted to nature and the outdoors, enjoying endless trips to Colorado, Utah, the Sierras, Lake Arrowhead, Mexico, and Hawaii. They did the things they most loved: backpacking, fly fishing, target shooting, cycling, and camping. Rod was also known for his culinary acumen and love of reading. No one can deny that Rod made a huge impact as a father, teacher, husband, friend, and mentor. He is gone now, but he will forever live on in the lives he touched!
A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2016 at the South Coast Botanic Garden from 12–3pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you read a good book, enjoy the out of doors, or make donations to Providence Trinity Care Hospice. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 15, 2017
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