Arthur Eugene MeadeDecember 3, 1954 ~ March 23, 2017 (age 62)
Art passed suddenly on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the age of 62.
Art was a popular teacher at Willow Glen High School and Middle School for 15 years where he taught Math, History, English, Science, and Photography. He was an excellent athlete in his day, playing baseball and lettering in basketball and golf at Del Mar High School, class of 1973. Art went on to play basketball at San Jose State University and eventually graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Management) in 1978.
In 1978, he met the love of his life Susan while they worked at Breuner’s Furniture Store. They were married on September 21, 1985 and were blessed with two sons, Benjamin and Stephen. Both boys became accomplished students and athletes under Art’s warm care and watchful eye. He coached them in baseball & basketball and through many of their biggest life decisions. He was so very proud of them both.
Art was a walking sports encyclopedia and loved all sporting events, especially the Steelers, Lakers, and Yankees. He would attend the local little league games, high school games, and golf tournaments. He golfed at Pasatiempo (his favorite course), attended the Masters in 2007, saw his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers win Super Bowl XIV in Pasadena and Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa Bay, attended the SF Giants World Series and games during the Warriors 2015 Championship run, and watched the Cubs win the World Series! Art was also lucky enough to meet his all-time sports heroes Jerry West and Arnold Palmer.
Art is survived by his wife Susan, sons Benjamin (fiancée Alexia) and Stephen (girlfriend Angela), and sisters Beth and Sue Ellen.
In-laws: Margaret & Manuel Vasquez, Marlene Turner, Marissa Matusich-Kagle (Bob), Mario Vasquez (Sandy), John Vasquez (Mitch).
Nieces and Nephews: Janell (Rand), Jennifer, Eric, Madison, Jessica, Alison, Keaton, Matthew, Brendan, Kyra, Jae, and Madalynn.
Art is predeceased by his parents Ben and Glenna Meade, his sister Mary, and brother Kevin.
Art also leaves behind countless friends accumulated over more than 55 years living in San Jose.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 29th at 5pm at Darling Fischer Campbell Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be held at the same location at 10am on Thursday, March 30th. Interment will follow at Los Gatos Memorial Park.
A scholarship has been established in Art’s name at Willow Glen High School. Donations can be made to the Willow Glen Education Foundation; Check memo line: Art Meade Scholarship; Mail to: Willow Glen High School, 2001 Cottle Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125.