Lawrence (Larry) Berroya
1971 - 2020
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Larry Berroya

July 4, 1971 - April 1, 2020

Lawrence (Larry) Berroya was born on July 4, 1971 in Manila, Philippines. His family immigrated to the US, settling in Daly City, CA. Larry attended Our Lady of Mercy Parochial School, St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School, and UC Berkeley. He graduated from Columbia Law School and worked for several years as a lawyer as a clerk for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California, an associate for the firm of Morrison and Foerster, and a Federal Public Defender.

Seeking his true calling, Larry made a career change, first entering the golf world as a tournament director with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), then ultimately finding his purpose in teaching. He earned his Master's in Education from Stanford University and taught at several high schools in the Bay Area.

Larry was made to teach. To him, it was the ultimate privilege and responsibility to educate and mentor young people. He took all of the skills and experience he'd gained and poured them into taking care of his students. He was the kind of teacher we all wish we'd had.

Larry was passionate about so many things: baseball (the A's), basketball, Cal, television, rap music, 80's music, poker, Chinese history, American history, Broadway musicals, books, running, and so much more. And food. So many types of food. He could explain to you the finer points of constitutional law, review the strategy on the latest Survivor episode, and then rattle off the 8 best taco places in the Bay Area, all while being the loudest person at the ballgame.

His energy, thoughtfulness, and companionship will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his mother Fe, his father Cesar, his brother Gerard, and his sister-in-law, Jennifer.

In-person memorial services will be arranged at a later date. If you wish to donate, Larry would want you to select any of the excellent teachers from Donorschoose.org and help them support their students.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2020.
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April 25, 2020
Mr.Berroya was one of my favorite teachers. I was going through a really hard time senior year and I wasnt the best student, but he really believed in me and pushed me to go further. I dont think I wouldve graduated if it wasnt for him. His class was the only one I really looked forward to, he was very passionate in what he taught and that made him inspirational. I really wish he couldve had more time to impact other students the way he impacted our class. I am forever grateful to have known him and I will never forget him. I offer my condolences to his family.
Nahomy Matamoros
Student
April 13, 2020
I offer sincere condolences to Larry's mother Fe Berroya, a long time friend of mine, his father and his brother Gerard. May the Lord bless you and your family in this time of loss and sorrow.
Cora Klein
April 13, 2020
He was one of the best teachers I had as a freshman. When I found out about his passing, I was heartbroken. Rest in peace, Mr. Berroya. My condolences to his family and friends.
Denis Filippenkov
Student
April 8, 2020
I met Larry in 2003 playing golf at Harding Park. I actually witnessed him making an eagle that day that day. The next time I met Larry was two years later at the professional golfers career college in Temecula California. He was always a leader,Very intelligent, quiet and humble. He is in was a great ambassador to this game of golf especially to the young kids in America. I want to express my deepest condolences to his family as I am very shocked.Rest in peace Larry.
Robert Togonon
Classmate
April 8, 2020
Summit Prep 2015
Nitasha Kang
April 8, 2020
Summit Prep 2015
Nitasha Kang
April 8, 2020
Summit Prep 2015
Nitasha Kang
April 8, 2020
I had the privilege of knowing Larry during his time with the AJGA. His love of golf and the kids who played was evident in everything he did. He was a wonderful influence on my boys as they pursued their love of golf. He made this world a better place. Thank you Larry, for all you did. Rest In Peace and God be with your family at this time of need.
Jennifer
Friend
April 7, 2020
To my beloved friend and colleague. I'll miss your energetic spirit. We'll be sure your memory shines on.
Amanda R.
April 6, 2020
Larry was one of my best friends. I've known him since I was 15 and loved him like a brother. We met at Cal and spent our college years together. We studied together and ate fresh hot cookies and listened to music and danced and went to musicals and museums and A's games and Cal basketball and helped each other move and get thru crappy relationships and breakups. He was one of the smartest and most well rounded and interesting people I ever knew. I drove him crazy because I was so disorganized and late to everything and just basically the opposite of him. We made a pact to get married if we were both still single when we got old but that never happened...I mean we never got old. I never watch basketball without thinking of him and catch myself sounding like him. I'm so glad we spent the afternoon together eating burritos and going to the women's Cal game during my last visit to the bay area. But it's not enough. He holds my memories and I hold his. I am heartbroken that we won't be able to get old and crotchety together.
Laura Ramirez
Friend
April 5, 2020
I remember his mischievious eyes and intensity and passion. What a man! What a loss. May God's loving arms lift you up.
Karen Gernand
April 5, 2020
Wonderful memories of Larry from his days as a law clerk to my father Peter Nowinski, a federal judge in Sacramento, who valued Larry's intelligence and friendship immensely and was proud of Larry's decision to pursue a more fulfilling calling.
Alexander Nowinski
April 5, 2020
He saw the kids for who they could be one day and inspired them, even if he was not formally their "mentor". Thank you, Mr. Berroya, your presence in my son's life at Summit High School has had a lasting impact. Your wisdom and empathy will live on among all you have touched, whether they knew it at the time or not. You've been a role model and every child should have a "Mr. Berroya" in their life, in particular during the vulnerable teenage years.
Sandra Cheung
April 5, 2020
Best. Teacher. Ever. We were blessed to have him teach our daughter at Gateway. He profoundly influenced her and he will be missed by the entire school community.
Kelly Forde
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