Alta Loma High School teacher found dead

Alta Loma High School teacher found dead

There are 144 comments on the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin story from Jan 5, 2010, titled Alta Loma High School teacher found dead. In it, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that:

An Alta Loma High School teacher was found dead last week after an apparent suicide following a domestic dispute.

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monis s class of 2007

Redlands, CA

#1 Jan 5, 2010
i had him for criminal justice and social studies. He was a great teacher and it's really hard to believe what happened to well liked teacher like him and he will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends.
Ohsogirly

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#2 Jan 5, 2010
How very sad.
Botulinum

United States

#3 Jan 5, 2010
Did I read those numbers right? 41 and 20?
crimeman

Pacoima, CA

#5 Jan 5, 2010
monis s class of 2007 wrote:
i had him for criminal justice and social studies. He was a great teacher and it's really hard to believe what happened to well liked teacher like him and he will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends.
what a bad role model.
jzh

Waterloo, Canada

#6 Jan 6, 2010
If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
crimeman wrote:
<quoted text>yes chester, chester,the child molester.
jzh

Waterloo, Canada

#7 Jan 6, 2010
It's so sad that you are such a mean and judgemental person. How sad that you say such horrible things about the deceased.
crimeman wrote:
<quoted text>what a bad role model.
Rancho Cucamonga Mom

Canyon, TX

#8 Jan 6, 2010
This is so tragic. Think of his family, his children, and the many friends he has- why do people get off on making their lives worse by your comments? Imagine if this happened to your own family. To read all this, I mean really what kind of person would actually bring up junk about his ex-wife. Does anyone have compassion anymore. The fact is this- he was a good teacher, a father, once a husband, he taught a class for my daughter, he was human. Everyone has problems- some deal with them better than others. I feel he obviously was disturbed to do what he did. So why slander? Who are you really hurting? He was a well known man. Let Mr. Zarate rest in peace.
"May you rest in peace. May the Lord be with you"
"Lord, please help his family, kids, and students and friends find comfort. We will all miss him. If anything Lord may you lift up his family and may they all hold the great memories shared, not the bad ones."
RCresident

Norco, CA

#10 Jan 6, 2010
I bet that 20 Year old graduated from Alta Loma two years ago?? Where did he meet her?? The quad?? gym?? after hours in class?? HMMMMM
ALHS Mom

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#11 Jan 6, 2010
Our hearts are hurting in our home. Mr. Zarate was a key figure in helping my son begin to excel in school and be excited about his future. Obviously whatever was happening in his personal life, he didn't bring it to the classroom. Hundreds of students and collegues are hurting and feeling a tremendous loss. May the Lord be with his family and his students who are struggling to deal with this. And may the good things he did not be forgotten.
Student of Zarate

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#13 Jan 6, 2010
No tears wrote:
Awe yes, think of his family etc....blah blah blah! His true colors finally showed. Why should we feel sad for him? He cut the power to his girlfriends and house and then shot into the house.
What I am most greatful for is that I don't have to foot the bill for his 5 year prison term. He belongs in the same group of as Chris Henry and OJ Simpson.
I only wish the people that feel pitty for him would also feel sorrow for our Marines and soilders.
This chap couldn't handle not being in control or facing the time for the crime he committed.
Ah, the self righteous that pray for him. Why, isn't suicide an automatic trip to hell? Well, if you are catholic it is at least and I'm guessing with a name like Zarate, he is catholic.
Burn baby burn.
if you didnt know him you should just shut your mouth and not say a thing.
Mr. Zarate was the best teacher at this school he helped you with whatever you needed.
Its not pitty i feel its complete saddness he was the one teacher in the school that you could talk to and he would just give his advice. and for you to say that we dont feel sorrow for MARINES or any other soilders well thats just BULL.
almost every man in my family is a MARINE and one of my closest friend is a MARINE leaving to boot camp soon...
And with your comment about his last name must mean hes catholic well right there you make your self look and sound like a racist!!! which wouldnt be suprising.
but again if you dont have anything nice to say about this wonerdful teacher we all lost then just SHUT THE HELL UP
MR. ZARATE YOU WILL BE MISSED BY MANY
my prayers have gone out to your family and they will continue to go out to your family!!!!!!!

REST IN PEACE JOESPH ZARATE AMAZING TEACHER, FRIEND, DAD AND PERSON!!!!!!!
hecnut69

Lakewood, CA

#14 Jan 6, 2010
No tears wrote:
Awe yes, think of his family etc....blah blah blah! His true colors finally showed. Why should we feel sad for him? He cut the power to his girlfriends and house and then shot into the house.
What I am most greatful for is that I don't have to foot the bill for his 5 year prison term. He belongs in the same group of as Chris Henry and OJ Simpson.
I only wish the people that feel pitty for him would also feel sorrow for our Marines and soilders.
This chap couldn't handle not being in control or facing the time for the crime he committed.
Ah, the self righteous that pray for him. Why, isn't suicide an automatic trip to hell? Well, if you are catholic it is at least and I'm guessing with a name like Zarate, he is catholic.
Burn baby burn.
Sounds like you got your arss handed to you.hahahaha!
ROBERT GALLARDO

Riverside, CA

#15 Jan 6, 2010
As I read this terrible story a picture of my 11 year old son flashed across my screen saver. He is wearing a baseball uniform and has a coach standing with a hand on his shoulder. The coach is Joe! A grown man wipes a tear from his eye at the office reflecting on the wonderful influence a once stranger had on his child. How many more people have a similar story? How many more children received an encouraging word when they needed it? I would like to remember the great influence and efforts of a man, rather than his challenges. I know he has a young son who should be reminded of the good influence his father had in so many lives.
I for one will remember a spirited coach with a flair for winning, a passion for the game of baseball, and an ability to bring out the best in a player.
Thank you Joe!
jzh

Waterloo, Canada

#16 Jan 6, 2010
No tears wrote:
Awe yes, think of his family etc....blah blah blah! His true colors finally showed. Why should we feel sad for him? He cut the power to his girlfriends and house and then shot into the house.
What I am most greatful for is that I don't have to foot the bill for his 5 year prison term. He belongs in the same group of as Chris Henry and OJ Simpson.
I only wish the people that feel pitty for him would also feel sorrow for our Marines and soilders.
This chap couldn't handle not being in control or facing the time for the crime he committed.
Ah, the self righteous that pray for him. Why, isn't suicide an automatic trip to hell? Well, if you are catholic it is at least and I'm guessing with a name like Zarate, he is catholic.
Burn baby burn.
it's people like you that make me lose my faith in humanity! How could you say such Hateful things and not be ashamed of yourself?! Oh but of course you are perfect and have never made a mistake in your life. As for your Chris Henry / OJ Simpson comment, no one was hurt except Zarate. Get your facts straight. Zarate was a WONDERFUL MAN THAT WAS AND STILL IS LOVED BY MANY, MANY PEOPLE. Let him rest in peace and keep your negative comments to yourself! ZARATE, YOU ARE LOVED AND MISSED TREMENDOUSLY AND THIS WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU!
ALHS Mom

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#17 Jan 6, 2010
ROBERT GALLARDO wrote:
As I read this terrible story a picture of my 11 year old son flashed across my screen saver. He is wearing a baseball uniform and has a coach standing with a hand on his shoulder. The coach is Joe! A grown man wipes a tear from his eye at the office reflecting on the wonderful influence a once stranger had on his child. How many more people have a similar story? How many more children received an encouraging word when they needed it? I would like to remember the great influence and efforts of a man, rather than his challenges. I know he has a young son who should be reminded of the good influence his father had in so many lives.
I for one will remember a spirited coach with a flair for winning, a passion for the game of baseball, and an ability to bring out the best in a player.
Thank you Joe!
My son was getting D's and F's and was really struggling in high school as academics have always been a struggle for him. He's always been more of the active athletic type. He transferred to Alta Loma High School and had Mr. Zarate for Criminal Justice. Mr. Zarate was such a HUGE influence for him!! My son began getting A's and B's, has taken several ROP classes, has made up credits, and will graduate, and looks forward to his future. We, as a family, thank Mr. Zarate for his encouragement, inspiration, and his constant availability to my son. My son will miss him tremendously, but we will always remember him with gratitude.
Ian_E

Covina, CA

#18 Jan 6, 2010
Coach Zarate will always be someone that I will remember as genuinely helpful to kids. He coached my son in little league. I will always be grateful for the way he acted in victory, even more so in defeat. Whatever happened only proves that we are all susceptible to mistakes. God Bless his son and family, and may he now rest in eternal peace.
DV victim

Waipahu, HI

#19 Jan 6, 2010
The would be victim of his mental state tried in vain to get a restraining order against him ( Joe) near the end of Sept. 2009, the case was dissmissed in Oct. 2009,due to "lack of prosecution". Had the Judge granted the RO, would that piece of paper stopped Joe from cutting the power to her home and firing a gun into her home with the intent of killing her??? His case was handled in the San Bernardino Court house, filed 9/23/09.
The Ex wife everyone is brining up, was assulted by her husband, Joe in Jan.2002, he pled No Contest, he served 180 days in jail, was ordered 52 weeks of Domestic Batter's program and to pay restitutions.( he never paid the fees and was taken to court by the collection agency in Oct 2007-$547.69 due). that case was also filed in San Bernardino courts. His wife filed for divorce, because really who wants to be married to someone who is going to assult you at his whim. Joe was also a COP for a few years before an injury led him into the "GREAT TEACHING" job everyone is saying he did. I'm sure he was a great teacher and a great friend. He was such a great friend that when his friend hit me in the face, giving me a fat bloody lip, Joe did nothing, said nothing ( he was a cop at the time) Joe saw that I was injured and did nothing, cause he saw "nothing wrong" in his mind, that was normal behavior. I do feel sad for his family that he left behind, cause even after all the abuse I had in my life, if the guy that abused me were to die ( of any causes) I would only be sad for his family's loss. I have been "free" from my abuser for 10 years now and I still feel as thought at any time he would come after me to kill me. I also have a large military family and they have served in past and present wars_ my heart goes out to the families that have lost loved ones in the line of duty.
formerstudent

Downey, CA

#20 Jan 6, 2010
I think its disgusting to see all the negative comments on here. I can not believe that people feel the need to pass judegment on someone whom they do not even know. EVERYONE fights with their own personal demons. Obviously he had some of his own, but what he struggled with in life does not make up the person he was. I am in no way saying that what happened was right but, I will miss him and so will many others. Mr. Zarate was a great teacher and its sad that this is the way he choose to leave. My prayers go out to his family and children.
student

Burbank, CA

#21 Jan 6, 2010
If you did not know Mr. Zarate as a human being and do not have a kind word to say to his family and friends that are mourning over his loss,
then please do not post a comment. the negativity is not helping anybody, and it is only making the struggle even tougher.
Alhs student

La Puente, CA

#23 Jan 6, 2010
I did not know Mr.Zarate personally but I know who he was. He let them summer camp i helped at use his things to help us out. He was a loving father to his son and a friend to many students. For those of you who are saying mean and rude things about Mr. Zarate I want you to think about those students who lost there favorie teacher. We had to go back to school knowing this was coming and have to deal with it. Yes we had people to talk to but that does not change the story on how we feel. Alhs lost a great teacher and club adivsor. SO please respect our school and his family this is a hard time for all of us. Rest in Peace Mr. Zarate. I wish I could have said Hi and Thank you all the times I saw your before 3rd period and maybe even of had you as a teacher.
rcp

United States

#24 Jan 6, 2010
this could have been prevented. Joes anger and bad attitude was brought to the school adm. they chose to ingnore it. After very negative and injust comments made by joe in the class I was able to find his court records. He should have never been allowed to teach let alone a criminal justice class. He had 2 domestic violence cases against him and the school knew about this. they could have insisted he get counseling and help...HE HAD NO RIGHT BEING AROUND CHILDREN ..We are all fortunate he didnt lose it in the class and hurt our children.

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