Robert L. 'Bob' Amparan
August 5, 1933 - January 22, 2021
Robert (Bob) L. Amparan passed away on January 22, 2021. He was a devoted son, father, brother, uncle, partner, and grandfather. He will be missed by his many friends that he met over his lifetime, including his church community, teachers, and former students from the many schools where he loved his administrative role as Principal. Bob was born in Los Angeles, CA, on August 5, 1933. He was the first person in his family to go to University, moving to San Diego to attend SDSU where he completed both a B.S. and a Masters Degree. Bob finished his studies at U.C. Berkeley with additional MastersDegrees in Social Studies and Education, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Administration. He put those degrees to work throughout his long career as both teacher and administrator, spending time at Snyder Continuation High School, Wright Brothers Continuation High School, Memorial Junior High School, and San Diego High School, as well as teaching Educational Administration courses at SDSU.Bob lived his belief that providing opportunities and access to education could change lives. As an educator, he created programs directed at keeping kids in school, increasing education possibilities for working and pregnant teenagers, and incentivizing students to maintain attendance requirements for graduation. There are likely hundreds of photos out there from the years of Bob playing Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny for the kids at the student daycare center. Bob also brought the International Baccalaureate Programme to San Diego High School, opening the doors to global educational opportunities. He took the time to meet and speak with the hundreds of students that crossed his path over the years, attending as many sporting events and extracurricular activities as he could, and always cheering the students' successes. While Bob was an avid list maker, there are too many people left who loved him to list them all here. Suffice it to say that his children, grandchildren, sister, nieces, and nephews have all benefited from his love and will miss him greatly. Bob will forever be imprinted in our memories and in our hearts as a man who loved deeply, joked joyfully, and sang terribly.The family wishes to thank Dorothy Untalan and Michael Phillips for the years of dedicated care and friendship that allowed Bob to live out his final years in the comfort of his own home as he wished.Covid precautions prevent a memorial service at this time. In lieu of a group gathering, we ask that you consider calling your family members and telling them you love them. Also, pet a dog.
Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Feb. 21, 2021.