Heath Caceres, former principal of Park Elementary School in Mill Valley, died last week from a head injury in a camping accident.
Mr. Caceres is the husband of Mariah Caceres, a fourth-grade teacher at Lucas Valley Elementary School in the Miller Creek School District in San Rafael. The couple have several children.
Lucas Valley teacher Nicole Cunha, who started fundraising on GoFundMe for the Caceres family, said Mr Caceres suffered a serious head injury while on a family camping trip in mid -July.
“He spent over a week in the intensive care unit at Modesto,” Cunha wrote on the site. “The family stayed close to the hospital to be with him every day, hours away from home. Despite the immense work of the doctors and nurses, the endless love of his family and the support of his friends, Heath passed away on July 29 with his wife Mariah by his side.
The fundraising campaign raised more than $ 125,000 on Tuesday.
Mr. Caceres, who was at Park School in the 2018-19 school year, was the current principal of New Traditions Elementary School in San Francisco. Last week, the school emailed parents informing them of Mr Caceres’ death and offering support services to students and staff.
“Sir. Caceres was an extremely important part of our community and we are deeply saddened by this loss,” the email said.
In his last note to families on the school’s website in late May, Mr. Caceres declared June 1 Hawaiian Beach Day and encourages students to wear beachwear.
“Let’s start our summer as it should be! ” he wrote. “All students are invited to participate. Wear Hawaiian shirts or beachwear, bring sunglasses and beach accessories and make New Traditions a tropical oasis for a day.
Mary Jane Burke, superintendent of schools in Marin, said the educational community in Marin stands ready to help Mariah Caceres and her children.
“Mariah… send strength and support,” Burke wrote on the GoFundMe page. “So many people, many you don’t know, are ready to support your family. “
Mr Caceres said in a September 2018 video at Park School that he grew up in rural Marin County and was happy to return to Marin, after stints in an urban environment, due to the natural beauty.
“Now when I come back to Marin, what I really love is being able to be back in the wild,” he said. “In these mountains, in the coves, by the sea, that’s where I like to go.”
Mr. Caceres was also a former principal of Lafayette Elementary School in San Francisco.
Service information is pending.