Sean Patrick Lathrom was the only child born to Jerald Max Lathrom and Nelia Maria Lathrom on April 9, 1971 in Monterey, California. As a young boy, Sean was raised in rural Prunedale, California (an unincorporated area of Salinas). His walk with Christ began at Calvary Baptist Preschool where he was the apple of Mrs. Fischer's eye who recognized the light that shined so bright. He graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1989 where he had received numerous awards and accolades throughout his High School career. His family lovingly refers to as "The Sean Lathrom Show" at graduation. He was Student Body President, Mock Trial Champion, represented his school at Boy's State and went on to represent the state of California at Boy's Nation, and was selected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in New Orleans. His God given gift of leadership and scholarship was established at a very young age. Sean attended college at the University of California, Irvine where he majored in Criminology, Law and Society with a minor in Political Science. He participated in the Campuswide Honors Program. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1993. He was a Chancellor's Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Dean's List recipient. He was also the rare undergraduate at that time who was published at the invitation of a highly regarded professor. Following graduation, he worked for Nelson Communications in public affairs where he quickly rose to the position of Director of Corporate Communications before the age of 21. He was gifted in the area of strategic planning and spearheaded major political campaigns. In 1995, he attended his first year of law school at Hastings School of Law where he was selected to be a member of the Appellate Advocacy Team. He had received the top score in both the oral advocacy and brief writing sections—a first in the history of the law school. The following year, he transferred to UCLA School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1999 and soon licensed to practice law. During the Christmas holidays in 1995, Sean Patrick Lathrom began his life with his wife Gay Awakuni and her young son Marcus. Their life was filled with travel and adventure where he was a true dad to Marcus, and he showed them the world. Sean proposed to Gay in 1999 in Coimbra, Portugal after asking her father for her hand in marriage and the blessings of Marcus. Sean and Gay married on October 23, 1999 in Fort William, Scotland at the Inverlochy Castle. Sean was a loving husband and a dedicated father. A true dedicated family man, he volunteered at every school and class Marcus attended since kindergarten. His pride and joy was his son Marcus. Sean so admired the spectacular young man Marcus has become. Although a fine and gifted attorney, his passion was always the classroom. At the encouragement of his wife Gay, he left the practice of law and followed his passion to pursue a teaching position at Riviera Hall Lutheran School where Marcus was a student. For the past 10 years, Sean Lathrom had been the beloved middle school Social Studies teacher and mentor to hundreds of students who have called him the teacher of a lifetime, the teacher who will change your life, the legend. His impact on the school has been tremendous due to his vision and commitment. His contribution included Mock Trial, Honors Classes, and Annual Easter trips where he opened the world to his students. His passion for teaching and learning with a compassion for all made him a true gift. He was named Teacher of the Year by the Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce and received numerous awards for his excellence. While his impact on the curriculum and policy of the school was tremendous, the impact of his students upon him was far greater and more profound. He truly loved them all and remained dedicated to them through high school, college, and graduate school. On October 21, 2013, Sean Patrick Lathrom was graced with the gift of eternal life. He is survived by his wife Gay, son Marcus, his parents Jerald and Nelia Lathrom, his mother-in-law Kyoko Iwamoto, sister-in-law Lynn Iwamoto and cousin Ana Pereira Stevenson. Sean's legacy lives on in his family, students, parents and his fellow travelers. His story is not over. It will continue to live on through the lives that he has touched.

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  1. It was our privilege to know Sean. We have so many wonderful memories of being with Sean at Monte Vista Christian School. He became a friend to everyone in our family. He was such a leader but always remained kind and humble. Our hearts are broken. God Bless his family. Mike and Cheryl Aubuchon

  2. I am sorry to read about the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in family and friends at this difficult time. The Bible gives hope that soon our Creator Jehovah God will end all suffering, sickness, pain, and death. And we have the hope of being reunited with our loved ones that have passed away. Rev 21:4-Gods promise to wipe out death and pain, John 5:28-29-Gods promise to resurrect our dead loved ones. There will be many of those asleep in the ground of dust who will wake up to indefinitely everlasting life on a paradise earth. Please read these scripture along with your personal copies of the bible and for more information on the hope for those we have lost in death go to

  3. Wow. I was thinking about Sean last week after not seeing him since 1989. We made some good memories during out MV days, especially while on the mock trial team together. I’ll second Mike Aubuchon’s comments. So sorry for your loss.

  4. I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Lathrom. He was an amazing teacher and provided the best education for my son, Christopher. After passing Mr. Lathrom’s class, one was ready for college! He will live on in our hearts and our minds. Love to his family.

  5. After many years, Sean came back to mind in the past week. He was that person that could relate to every type. He was kind and caring wonderful friend. Even though our hearts break for the loss, I hope Sean is wrapped in our Lord ‘s arms. Rest in our Lord , Sean. My prayers go out to the family for strength and comfort during this time.

  6. I cannot properly express how saddened i am to hear of this terrible news. Sean taught Honors English/Literature at Riviera Hall over ten years ago. My son, Nick, was one of his student, and has often said that Sean was the best teacher he has ever had. Sean was one of the kindest, smartest, most giving human beings I have ever met. He brought only good to the world. We are all so much better for having known him. To Gay and Marcus, and the rest of his family, Nick and I send our deepest condolences …

  7. Mr. Lathrom was one of my most influential history teachers and I learned so much from being in class. I will not ever forget when I received an 85% on the dot in his Global Studies class which was the cut off to see if you had to take the very difficult Global Studies final and i was exempt from having to take the test 🙂 it was a great day! Mr. Lathrom will be missed by many people and I wish I was able to say goodbye and thank him for everything.

    -Seth Lancaster

  8. I am a middle school student attending RHLS. I was in Mr. Lathroms class for two year and am now in eight grade. I participated in honors and other activities to hear the passion Mr. Lathrom had for teaching others his dream.

    I have learned that Mr. Lathrom was a man who impacted many peoples lives, and I am sorry for those of you who never got a chance to meet him. As a student currently attending RHLS I now find it difficult to say I enjoy second period, but do my best to view my life as positive as possible. This event has not only been a struggle to Mr. Lathrom’s family, but has been hard on this years eight grade and middle school. The best way to view Mr. Lathrom’s death is part of God’s plan.

    Mr. Lathrom has taught me a lot of things, and I believe that will never stop. He taught me to have high goals in life but to also have dreams, and if you accomplish you goals, then you can accomplish your dreams. Mr. Lathrom was a lawyer, but had a dream to become a teacher. He taught me that sometimes you may not always be good the first time around, but if you don’t try a second, then your chances are zero.

    To Mrs. Lathrom and Marcus, Mr. Lathroms Mother and Father

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