San Rafael High School tunes instructor dies at 43

Sean Castle, new music trainer at San Rafael Significant School. (Courtesy SRCS)

Sean Castle, a audio instructor at San Rafael Higher Faculty, died unexpectedly Monday from an evident coronary heart assault, in accordance to his relatives. He was 43.

“Sean expended his overall 20-calendar year career in education and learning at San Rafael Significant College, in which he shared the joys of audio with countless numbers of college students, staff members and families,” Glenn Dennis, the university principal, wrote in a letter to college students, mothers and fathers and employees.

“His effects on the group extends considerably outside of the award-successful music plan he aided generate,” Dennis mentioned. “Sean encouraged his students with his commitment, treatment and his charisma.”

Mr. Castle, who lived in Sausalito with his fiancee Nicole Dube, had no history of heart challenges or other clinical troubles, his father Kent Castle said Tuesday.

Nonetheless, Mr. Castle experienced been feeling below the climate given that final Thursday, he stated. Doctors experienced advisable he get a COVID-19 check, which came back again adverse.

On Monday morning, he was again not emotion well, his father reported. His fiancee known as 911, but Mr. Castle died ahead of paramedics could arrive.

“It was fully unforeseen,” his father claimed. “It’s a crushing blow.”

Anne Lerner, a further San Rafael Significant College audio instructor, claimed Mr. Castle “never had a poor term to say about anyone” and was entirely devoted to the college and its pupils, she stated.

“He was a genuinely fantastic particular person,” she said. “I genuinely cherished him. He was like a young brother to me.”

Mr. Castle’s father reported music and San Rafael Superior College ended up his son’s twin passions. After attending the significant college, Mr. Castle went to the University of California, Los Angeles, exactly where he studied tunes.

In his junior yr, he announced he wanted to be a new music instructor at San Rafael Superior College, his father stated. His son’s previous mentor at the school, Mark Peabody — a former administrator at Marin Faculty of the Arts at Novato Higher School — hired him right out of UCLA.

“Music was his oxygen,” Kent Castle mentioned.

According to Dennis, Mr. Castle aided generate and then ran the school’s jazz band and a wind ensemble that played at homecomings and other gatherings. He also organized the school’s jazz choir and a percussion class called Metal Pans.

Lerner claimed the interval of distant instructing during the pandemic was in particular really hard on audio instructors. Mr. Castle, in distinct, was frustrated by not becoming in a position to see his learners in human being, she mentioned.

“He felt so responsible for the songs department,” Lerner claimed. “He took his mission pretty seriously.”

The college is supplying counseling products and services. It also will timetable a tribute to Mr. Castle, in all probability in August when scores of his previous pupils would be ready to show up at, Dennis stated.

“Since we are in the midst of summer months, it is heartbreaking to share this news in excess of e mail instead of accumulating collectively to procedure it as a school group,” Dennis mentioned.

The coroner’s division of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Mr. Castle’s death. Main Deputy Roger Fielding reported an first forensic evaluation was Carried out Tuesday and toxicology take a look at final results are pending.

Although the scenario is nevertheless active, the investigation has not discovered nearly anything suspicious, Fielding explained.

Kent Castle, a Terra Linda resident, said expert services will be scheduled in Marin sometime shortly.

In addition to his father and fiancee, Mr. Castle is survived by his mom Kris Castle and his brother Darren, a San Rafael resident.