The community is remembering retired Spanish teacher Tom Donato who unexpectedly died earlier this week at age 63.
Donato worked at the school as a Spanish teacher and football and baseball coach for 36 years before retiring in 2007.
“Tom was a valued member of the Jesuit High School community for over 35 years and he touched the lives of many students during his tenure,” a release from the school said.
He is survived by his wife, Terri, and son, Allen.
Jesuit High School teacher Ross Evans remembers Donato as a family man who loved his students and had an incredible sense of humor.
“He loved practical jokes, but he also had a serious side,” Evans said. “He was very loyal to his friends, and as a coach, he was admired.”
Evans said Donato enjoyed his retirement and traveled often with his wife.
“His wife and son were the prize and joy of his life basically,” Evans said. “He loved his family above all else. He was a very good husband and father.”
Students remember Donato for the annual trips he took with them to Mexico, for charitable work and to sightsee.
“If you talk to a lot of alumni, that’s what they remember about Tom, are those tours,” Evans said.
Donato was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School, where he played football and baseball.
The Rosary service for Tom Donato will be on Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church, 3159 Land Park Drive in Sacramento. The Funeral will be on Wednesday, April 4 at 11 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Church.