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Search and rescue teams continued looking Saturday for a 63-year-old man presumed to have drowned during a commercial rafting accident in the lower Kern River. Full Story
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Humberto Ayala

Burbank, CA

#1 Jul 30, 2007
The Los Angeles Unified School District has lost one of it's best! Marvin Silver was loved by everyone who was fortunate enough to have met him. He was an extraordinary man. He will be deeply missed. Our most heartfelt condolences to the Silver family.
Humberto Ayala,
Coldwater Canyon Elementary
North Hollywood, CA
James A Koplin III

United States

#2 Jul 30, 2007
Marvin Silver is a truly amazing man! He could run a school while being loving and supportive to everyone. The students and faculty at Erwin Street School were fortunate to have had him as an administrator for this last semester! We can hope and pray that he has somehow survived this incident due to his love for life as well as his physical ability!

James A Koplin III
Erwin Street School
Kim Smith

Sylmar, CA

#3 Jul 31, 2007
Marv is my sister-in-law's uncle. He just had his bar mitzvah (at the age of 63!) and I just saw him at my nephew's baby naming not too long ago. He will be sorely missed.
Angel Colindres

Pasadena, CA

#4 Jul 31, 2007
When I heard that Mr. Silver was in a trageic accident I was relly shocked. I couldn't belive that he was in a boat accident. I truely hope that they will find his body and announce him alive. He was a really great principle and I remember that when I was in Kindergarten he would visit my class n he would pull me out and told me to read him a story. I used wear my uniform with a tie and everytime he saw me he would say that I will be his future assistant principle. Mr. Silver was a really great man.
Former Student of Coldwater Cnyn. Elementary School. His memory will always be in my heart FOREVER.
Steven Garren

Reseda, CA

#5 Aug 1, 2007
My uncle Marvin was a loving, funny, devoted healthy man. He was a lifetime partner and best friend to Beverly, a caring supportive father to David and Michelle, good brother to my mom Bette and a loving son to my grandfather Mort. It is very obvious god needed a over the top amazing professional educator for the elementary school in heaven!!!! We connected on so many levels but our most fun was our shared love of USC football and he taught me everything I know about rose bushes and how to care for them correctly. I love him and will miss his peaceful spirit and smile. He always had a "no problem" attitude in any challenge he faced. I imagine his last moments were with a smile on his face enjoying the thrill of sharing the river and the experience of doing something daring and exhilarating with his son. FIGHT ON UNCLE MARVIN!!!!
Maria Awakian

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Aug 1, 2007
Marvin Silver is like no other. A great boss, mentor and all around wonderful individual. As a boss he always inspired me with his professionalism and insight. He is the kind of person that you just want to emulate as a leader. To know Marvin Silver is to love him. During his assignment at Erwin, I knew everyone would fall in love with him....and of course everyone immediately did. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
Virginia Andrade

Glendale, CA

#7 Aug 1, 2007
Marvin Silver left a lasting impression at Mountain View Elementary School the short time that he was there as our interim principal. He didn't say no when I asked him as the STAR testing coordinator to allow the students to make him into an ice cream sundae as an incentive for the students to come to school and take the CAT/6. That was his last day at our school and I never got the chance to say "thank you" for keeping a Mountain View tradition going. I brought him a STAR BUCKS white chocolate mocha after the ice cream sundae asembly and put it ont his desk but he had already left." Marvin if you can hear me I want to say "thank you" for being such a trooper and taking the time to care about our students and our faculty. Many of our students will remember your kind words of encouragement and how you reminded them to not run when they weren't suppose to. Your stay was brief but you made a difference at our school. Thank you! "
Linda Flores

United States

#8 Aug 1, 2007
Mr. Silver was an amazing man. I never knew anyone who was so loved by co-workers. I was lucky enough to work with him at Coldwater Cyn. Elem, and at Princess Cruises. He was the "Employee of the Month" for his department in December and talked about taking his first cruise with his wife. He pulled me aside and gave me some pointers on how to "make it" there and told me how he knew I would be great there. He treated everyone who crossed his path with respect, and you felt like a better person for having known him. I have so many great memories of him, at and outside of work, and I know my mom Lupe, my sister Chris, & I will miss him very much!
Beth Salway

Riverside, CA

#9 Aug 2, 2007
I was a literacy coach with Marvin's wife. Beverly got me an interview with her husband Marvin. The day of my interview, I felt an instant warmth from him. The year I worked with him was wonderful. He was an amazing man. He was an inspiration to everyone he met. Marvin was one of the best. He was postive and loved what he did. He will be greatly missed. We love you Marvin!!!!!!!!
Beth Coldwater Canyon Elementary School
Chuck Colton

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Aug 2, 2007
Marv was principal at Selma Avenue School for several years where my wife teaches the lower grades. Having met him myself occasionally, I, as well as my wife, thought very highly of him. She thought he was a top notch principal and always friendly and we spoke of him often. I'm sure he will be missed by all who knew him. We were both shocked when we heard about the rafting accident and we received many phone calls about it. Marv left us all with good memories.
Richard Klein

Northridge, CA

#11 Aug 3, 2007
Never have I known such a great administrator. In the short time I knew him at Herrick Ave. Elementary, he was an inspiration to our school. Many people say kids come first but for Marvin, people, no matter what size, came first. Kindness and humanity will always come to mind first when I think of Mr. Silvers. He left me with many kind memories of what a real educational leader can do!
Beverly Gruber -Teacher


#12 Aug 3, 2007
I was the union rep at Coldwater Cyn. Elementary and worked with Marvin. He was the most wonderful administrator I have worked for as well as a human being. We are in a state of shock and we will miss him. I cried the day he left our school for a promotion and I am crying now.
Beverly Crosby

Paramount, CA

#13 Aug 3, 2007
I met Mr. Siver and his wife when they returned to LAUSD from Northern California. I actually did the contracts for Mr. and Mrs. Silver wnile serving as a specialist in the Personnel Division. After becoming a principal, I briefing served with him on the year-round principals' committee. He was a very kind and nice person. My condolences to his wife and family.
Josh Silverman

Downey, CA

#14 Aug 4, 2007
I only knew Marvin for an extremely short period of time. He was friends with my parents in the housing community they all lived in.
I have only seen him at a couple of my parents social events, my grandfathers Funeral and I was on the rafting trip with him on that extremely unfortunate day, I gotta say that he was such a rare find of a kind and genuine person that even in the short period of time I knew him, I was touched by him.
I also wanted to confirm that he truley did enjoy himself on this trip and in his last moments. My deepest condolences go out to his
wife and two children.
Kathy Vargas

United States

#15 Aug 4, 2007
Marvin Silver was a wonderful and kind man. He was a great school administrator who never forgot, that even though he was the principal, he was still a teacher. This seems like a simple thing, but it meant that he was there for the needs of both the students and the teachers. He was such a loving man, very much a father figure to many students, parents, and even teachers. I am devastated that this has happened to him and my deepest sympathies go out to his family. He will be sorely missed.
Kathy Vargas, teacher
Coldwater Cyn. Elementary
Lynn Harris


#16 Aug 4, 2007
Marvin, you are my hero! You changed my life, personally and professionally, and because of you I am a better teacher and a better gardener. Every time I look at my roses I will remember this amazing man who was truly a great educator, outstanding principal, and caring friend. My heartfelt condolences to Beverly, the Silver family and everyone who knew and loved him. Here's to Marvin, and Italy and always picking your battles!
Lynn Harris
Coldwater attles!Canyon Elementary School
Kathy Robinson


#17 Aug 4, 2007
I was Marvins supervisor at Princess Cruises, and he was the light of my day, always with a smile and a high five, always with a kind word for all who were blessed to spend a minute in his presence.He was loved by all who knew him, and I will forever miss his smile, his heart and friendship.I saw someone pass me with a bright yellow polo shirt, and for a moment my heart skipped a beat, then the reality sank in.
My prayers are with his family, and with his wife who he cherished.As he said to me, on his last day at Princess,"it's not good-bye, just see you later",.....see you later, Marvin.
Andrea Giacusa

United States

#18 Aug 4, 2007
Words cannot describe the amazing influence that Marvin had on the lives of so many...adults, children, entire communities. He was personally responsible for keeping me in public education and inspring me to be a better educator and a better person. Marv (as my 'unofficial' adopted dad) followed my career and my personal life carefully and always checked in to see 'how things were going'. His positive attitude, kindness and caring were infectious and he will be so very deeply missed. My love and sympathies to Beverly, David, Michelle and all those that he loved so dearly. I was blessed to know you and I will miss you.
Mike Mc

Campbellsport, WI

#19 Aug 4, 2007
Maybe you can help me.

How did Mr. Silver have enough pull to get the Gov. to lower the water levels in the Kern River to find his body?

This is never done. Most families wait for monthes to find the victim?
Rachel Small

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Aug 4, 2007
We were completely shocked and saddened to hear the news of Marv's accident and subsequent passing. Marv's wife, Bev, was my younger brothers first grade teacher and became one of my mother's dearest friends. My parents actually moved to the valley to be neighbors with the Silvers. The Silvers and the Golds. Then the SIlver's moved and I almost expected my parents to follow suit. I hadn't seen Marv very much over the years but whenever I saw him he was smiling and making those around him laugh. He was an inspiration to many and my heart goes out to Bev, Michele and David. I'm so sorry for your tragic loss.

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