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David T. Legacki


1943 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
April 25, 1943 - December 5, 2015 Dave Legacki, a devoted husband, father and LAUSD educator, died December 5 at his home in San Pedro, California after a 15 year battle with cancer. He was 72. Born in Philadelphia in 1943 to Frank and Helen Legacki, Dave left Pennsylvania and created a colorful life of fulfillment and service to his community. Upon graduation from the University of Michigan in 1966 where he was a lettered athlete, Dave became a Peace Corps volunteer and spent two years in Venezuela. Following his Peace Corps service he made his way to Los Angeles where his fluency in Spanish would lead him to his career in education and allow him to work in communities all over LA. Dave found his passion in educating children and stayed with LAUSD for over 30 years. He transitioned to administration and ended his career as Principal of Daniel Webster Middle School in West Los Angeles in 2003 when he was named Principal of the Year. It was in 1970 at Nightingale Middle School where Dave met his wife Andrea (Zeller). They would be married for 40 years and raise two children in San Pedro, California - a community he loved for its cultural diversity, family values and proximity to great fishing. Dave was forever committed to ensuring children were given every chance to succeed in life. Beyond his career in education, he coached over 75 youth sports teams and co-founded the San Pedro Youth Coalition. Dave was loved dearly by his wife Andrea, son David (Susan), daughter Nicole (Rohan), two grandchildren, three brothers (Frank, Paul, Kenneth), two sisters (Jane, Denise) and 20 nieces and nephews who survive him. He was preceded in death by his parents, child Erika Ann and brothers Norman and Michael Legacki. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 16 from 12-3pm at the Ports O'Call Restaurant (1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro, CA 90731). Please join us and bring your favorite memories of Dave to share.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 11 to Dec. 12, 2015
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