8/9/1940 - 10/19/2021 Jeffery Arnold Verner was the second of five children born to Elwood and Grace Verner. He attended Lincoln Elementary School and was in the first graduating class at Hillcrest (Parras) Middle School. Jeff was a proud Mustang, graduating from Mira Costa High School in 1958. He earned a degree in Industrial Technology and was a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity at Long Beach State College. Jeff worked in industry at Norris Thermadore and Max Factor before being able to fulfill his dream of teaching by accepting a job offer from Mira Costa High School. He taught there for 38 years, coaching tennis for 34 years. Several of his players won Individual CIF Championships and his teams many CIF and League Championships. Jeff also coached the 2001 Robotics Team that won a National Championship in Orlando, Florida. For many years, he sponsored the ski club, taking the students on multiple yearly ski trips. Jeff touched the lives of so many students, not only as a teacher and coach, but also as a friend and mentor, and for some a substitute father. He truly loved his students and took great pride in their accomplishments while in school and after graduation. Jeff was able to devote more time to his new love, Marine Biology and Oceanography after his retirement in 2003. He thoroughly enjoyed being a docent on whale watch trips, teaching countless Classroom at Sea Classes, and becoming both an employee and volunteer at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Jeff was also proud to continue his work with the U.S. Navy as a RDAC/Naval Consultant. Jeff was predeceased by his son, Michael; parents, Elwood and Grace, brother, Robert; his in-laws, Andrew and Lucy Mardesich; brother-in-law, Andy Mardesich; and "his other brother" Tonko Pitesa. Jeff is survived by his wife of 58 years, Winnie; his son, Sean, and wife, Madoka; daughter, Melissa Mercer and husband, Spencer; his precious grandchildren, the loves of his life, Mika and Sachi Verner; Spence and Sam Mercer; brothers Dale and Paul Verner; sister, Susan Souza, and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held in the chapel of Green Hills Memorial Park (27501 South Western Avenue; Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) at 11:30 on Saturday, November 20th. The family asks that those attending wear very casual colorful clothing, no black please. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation in Jeff's name to: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 3720 Stephen M. White Drive; San Pedro, CA 90731
Published by Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Nov. 12, 2021.