Nick Vestuto dead at80

By Ani Amirkhanian

Nicholas M. "Nick" Vestuto, 80, a longtime educator andadministrator with the Glendale Unified School District, died onMarch 23, 2007, of complications from heart disease.

Vestuto joined the first teaching staff of Valley View ElementarySchool in 1959.

After three years of teaching at Valley View, he took a positionas a physical education teacher at the then Clark Junior HighSchool.

From 1963 to 1967, he was vice principal of Monte Vista ElementarySchool and Clark Junior High School.

Vestuto was also principal at Cerritos, Muir and Keppel elementaryschools.

He later served as the board of education's assistant personneldirector.

Nick was, first of all, a true professional in the field ofeducation," said Vic Pallos, the district's former public informationofficer from 1971 to 2004. "I worked through the years with manyadministrators who were dedicated to their craft and Nick was one ofthe best."

Pallos worked with Vestuto at the district for 12 years.

"He was very valuable when he moved to the personnel department,"Pallos said. "He knew, from his own experience, exactly the kind ofqualities to look for in teachers and school administrators. He was atremendous asset to the district."

Born on Sept. 19, 1926, in Burbank, Vestuto and his family movedto Glendale in 1928. He graduated from Edison Elementary School,Roosevelt Junior High School and Hoover High School, and aftergraduating from Glendale Community College, received his master'sdegree in education from Cal State Los Angeles.

Vestuto retired in 1984 and moved to Nevada.

Vestuto is survived by his wife, Marjorie Dale Inglish Vestuto;daughters Kristen Howard and Kathleen Vestuto; son Nicholas Jr.; fourgrandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A funeral service was held March 29th at Southern Nevada Veterans'Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev.

Another obituary dealing more with his later life in Nevada willbe available at a while.