The sudden death of a beloved San Luis Obispo High School math teacher over the weekend left students and staff mourning Monday.
David Melton, 46, who lived in Templeton with his wife and three young daughters, died of a heart attack Friday while in Southern California with his family.
Grief counselors are available for support at both the high school and Laguna Middle School, where the youngest of Melton’s daughters attends school.
Melton taught algebra and advanced placement statistics at San Luis Obispo High School for 10 years. Prior to teaching at the high school, he was a teacher at Los Osos Middle School.
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“Dave was really one of the nicest, gentlest and friendliest teachers we have,” said Will Jones, principal at San Luis Obispo High School. “He had a great rapport with students — the kind of man who made the classroom fun and provided a good education environment for the kids.”