Daniel L. DeMatteis, age 69 passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2016. His son, Matthew and daughter in law, Jennifer were at his side. Dan was a respected educator and mentor to many teachers, students, and administrators throughout Central Ohio. He attended St. Francis DeSales High School, serving as class president and graudated in 1965. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in education from the The Ohio State University in 1969 and later received his Masters in Education from Ashland University in 1983. Dan began his teaching career at St. Francis DeSales High School. In the early 1980s, he started with Dublin City Schools teaching the OWE program, English, French and History. He then went onto become the executive director of curriculum until he retired from Dublin. Dan was also a professor of education and fellow at Ashland University.
Dan will be remembered for his sense of humor, using names such as “Blanche” often in meetings and in the classroom. One of his favorite sayings was, “we need to all get on the clue bus and stay there!” He had an immense passion for educating the whole child, gardening, music and an impeccable sense of style. He has helped to shape Dublin City Schools for what it is today. His inspiration continues to live on in the Dublin community through the annual Dublin Literacy Conference, and International Baccalaureate program. Dan was also the master of ceremonies at convocation where thousands of educators gathered to celebrate a new school year.
Dan was a gentle and compassionate man who often placed others before himself, and this was true to form until the very end of his life. He loved his two grandchildren Julia and Anderson with all of his heart, and took great joy in watching them grow.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dan was a devoted husband and father. He advocated and cared for his wife of 46 years, Angela, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
Dan is preceded in death by his mother, Theresa DeMatteis, and is survived by his wife, Angela DeMatteis; son Matthew (Jennifer); grandchildren Anderson and Julia; father Frank DeMatteis Sr.; brother Frank DeMatteis Jr.; and sisters Sharon Nye, Jeanne Amato, and Janice Indol.