In Remembrance of Dave Mains (1952-2016)

A Letter from Lindsey Gilbert, Head of School

Dear Menaul School Community,

00184With incredible sadness I need to communicate with the Menaul School community that one of our long serving master teachers, Mr. David Mains, passed on Monday night, July 4, due to complications from long term heart disease.

Simply put, we are all extremely heartbroken at losing David from our lives. He was a great teacher, a reliable friend and joyful person. He was beloved by his students. I have already seen several student comments mourning David’s passing but remembering his interesting lessons, his positive attitude, his willingness to help all his students learn and his love for his students.

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6 thoughts on “In Remembrance of Dave Mains (1952-2016)

  1. Nina Martinez Burger

    It’s almost a year now that he has been gone and I have been thinking of David Mains. He was a wonderful influence on our son las well as an educator and ethical man. With our son’s graduation in information science, I I have been remembering Mr. Mains and wishing he could share in our delight. He went beyond the call of duty in everything he did. I hope his family will receive some comfort from knowing how much he was loved, respected, admired and now, missed. RIP

  2. Dan Noyes

    David was a joy to work with. He was always pleasant and helpful and had a sense of humor. Last year he helped the Fine Arts Dept with a banner project for Global Week. His knowledge helped us complete the project.He will be missed and remembered greatly. My condolences to his family and friends.

  3. Richard D. Lucero

    Often in our daily engagements with blister and bliss, we fail to repose in the blessing of the moment. When I think of David, I am reminded of those anxious times when my advisory group and I were required to lead the chapel service. What should be our topic? How will we present it? Who will handle the slides and video? Those are questions that tormented each of us. But when I knew that David had volunteered to help us with the proceedings, my tensions were allayed. As constant as the North Star, David was always with us to encourage, to suggest, to direct, and to aid. Perhaps I am like so many and question the Lord’s Promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us. When I am in the midst of chaos, I ask, “Where, Lord, are You now?” His answer comes as fresh as a gurgling mountain stream: I am as close as your next breath. Look for Me.” I praise and thank the Lord that He has placed in my path those gracious spirits, like Dave, who help me see the Lord’s Hand in my life and caution me to appreciate the beauty of the moment. David’s friendship, instructional talent, and optimism led me to realize that yes, indeed, He from Whom all blessings flow, will forever be with us.

  4. Amy Boldt

    Dave was always one of the first if not the first to respond when we needed something for recruitment or marketing. I could always count on Dave; there were so many ways he gave of his time to benefit all of us at the school. Above all, he did so with enthusiasm and caring, and I observed that after spending time in Dave’s classroom talking about Physics, Robotics, or teaching in general, prospective families felt so inspired. A conversation with Dave was a bright spot in the day. I feel grateful that our paths crossed. My condolences to Dave’s family and friends.

  5. Jane Moses

    David will be terribly missed in so many ways. I remember visiting his physics class as a Grandpanther and asking if I could take physics again with him. What a great teacher or rather educator he was. Menaul community was privileged to have him.

  6. Maggie Beck

    Dave’s sweet demeanor and happy disposition will be missed. I never encountered him when he didn’t have a smile on his face and a kind word to share. I am honored and blessed to have known him. I extend my most sincere condolences to his family and friends.


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