Menotti, John "Jack" Passed away December 28, 2012, born January 14, 1933.
On the occasion of Coach Jack Menotti passing on to Christ his family wishes express gratitude.
This father of seven children had touched many lives as an educator in San Diego; shaping thousands of student athletes in the morality of football and the art of integrity.
Coach Menotti will be remembered as a civic leader and model for whom the casting mold had long since been shattered.
Born in Venice Beach, Calif., Menotti served with the U.S. Army in Germany as a specialist in 1951 and was honorably discharge in 1953. After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education at Los Angeles State he married Gail Menotti, nee Fitzpatrick, in 1959.
Beginning his career in San Diego in 1962 at Kearny High School Menotti took over as head coach of Madison High School in 1968. Recognized by the School Board in 1972 for the unselfish act of properly reporting an ineligible student on his undefeated, championship Warhawk's squad Menotti upheld the best traditions of athletics without question.
Menotti's early mastery of the Ace Set spread offense transferred well to small colleges; leaving United States International University in Scripps Ranch for Bemidji State University in Minnesota in 1975. This southern California native returned to San Diego in 1978 to coach at Ramona High School and later Mesa College.
Menotti retired from Education after thirty-six years with his loyal wife Gail. In his seventy-nine years he served on the Grand Jury in San Diego County, his local Kiwanis Club and his country as a soldier.
After fifty- three years of marriage, this devoted Roman Catholic is survived by his beautiful wife, six children and thirteen grandchildren. As a proud great grandfather he will rise to meet his first born son Christopher, his parents, siblings and son-in-law Michael in the arms of the Lord.
Services will be held at Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Church – 3131 Governor Dr. San Diego on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Alzheimer's Association http://www.alz.org/.