Homer Fish

FISH, Homer David, 80, of San Diego. Devoted husband and beloved father of three sons and daughters-in-law, from complications of pancreatic cancer.

The son of a park superintendent, growing up in idyllic Oglebay Park outside of Wheeling, WV, Dave graduated from Harvard College in 1955 before serving four years in the U.S. Navy. He then earned a Masters degree in education from Columbia University (followed by his EdD at Harvard), which led to a teaching job at Beverly Hills High School. There, he met his future wife of 50 years, also a teacher, Hedda Harmer. They settled in San Diego in 1966 and raised a family, as Dave next became Social Studies Specialist for the San Diego City Unified School District. A few years later, his career took a very different turn as he became the legislative analyst for the same school district, a position he held for the final 25 years of his career. In this role, Dave never lost the sense of incredulity of once having taught students about the country’s legislative process and later becoming a part of it.

In his retirement years, Dave was on the Board of Directors for the Center for Civic Education, was an active campaigner for local politicians, and was proudly involved with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSD. Closest to his heart, though, was playing the role of grandfather to four wonderful grandchildren of whom he was inordinately proud.

A lifelong student, until the last two months of his life, there was rarely an evening in which Dave wasn’t absorbed in a book about U.S. History, and even as his mind began to fail, he could still easily engage anyone in conversation about historical events with amazing detail.

Dave leaves behind his wife, Hedda; a sister, Sally Parsons of Gambier, Ohio; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bill (Lynne), Linc (Virginia) of San Diego, and Mark (Arlene) of Belmont, CA; and four grandchildren, Emma, Eliot, Audrey, and Riley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Oglebay Foundation, 465 Lodge Dr., Wheeling, WV 26003.