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Dinuba High School teacher remembered

Saturday, July 02, 2011

More than 1,000 people gathered Saturday to remember a Dinuba High School teacher who died while rafting in the Kaweah River. Tyson Motto, 28, drowned June 24 near Three Rivers in Tulare County.

People who knew Tyson Motto say he left a lasting impression on every single person he met. That was quite evident Saturday as more than 1,000 mourners gathered at Sundale Elementary School in Tulare to remember a man who loved his family and friends, Christ, and the students he taught.

"If any students were like struggling, he would always try to help them like give them advice and stuff," Betsy Nunez said. Tyson was an English teacher and tennis coach at Dinuba High School.

During the service, some of his students sang. They also shared memories of their favorite teacher. "He had a Godly influence on my life and I will cherish our memories forever."

The day Tyson died, he was out with friends celebrating the completion of his masters thesis. His uncle shared an e-mail Tyson sent shortly after finishing the years-long feat.

"I hope to have a party and yes, you're all invited. Little did he know that this was going to be happening," Herb Meeker said.

And while Tyson accomplished a lot in his 28 years, loved ones say what they will remember the most is his strong faith. And that's something they say is helping them cope with his untimely death.

"I'm assured that as a believer myself that when we're all going to pass on from this life, that I will see him again," Tom Motto said.

Tyson's family has started a scholarship in his name. Burial services are pending.

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