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SherryHall
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« Reply #45 on: August 15, 2017, 09:31:57 PM »

San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Chuck Ballingall, longtime voice of Damien High sports, died after collapsing at school
Chuck Ballingall, longtime voice of Damien sports, died suddenly on Wednesday.
Chuck Ballingall, longtime voice of Damien sports, died suddenly on Wednesday.

By Aram Tolegian, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Posted: 08/10/17, 2:37 PM PDT | Updated: 4 days ago
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Chuck Ballingall, the longtime voice of Damien High School baseball and basketball, and veteran teacher at the school, died Wednesday after collapsing at the school. No age was given.

Ballingall’s voice was very familiar to those who attended Spartans basketball games in the winter and baseball games in the spring. He was entering his 36th year as a teacher at the school and also produced the school’s master schedule. Ballingall taught advanced placement statistics and geography.

“He was very involved in everything,” Damien principal Dr. Merritt Hemenway said. “I called him a Damien treasure. He had a great sense of humor. He and I shared a love of statistics and every morning we talked about the Dodgers.

“It’s a huge blow. We have a very veteran faculty. Many of them have worked with him for 25 years. And those who are the younger ones who haven’t, we have 50 percent alumni teaching here, they were all taught by him. So, he’s just well-known and the fabric of this school.”

In addition to calling Damien sports events, Hemenway said that Ballingall was a back-up announcer for the Los Angeles Clippers and USC baseball team. Ballingall also was formerly the public address announcer at CIF Southern Section basketball finals.

“It is with profound sadness to learn of Chuck’s passing,” CIF assistant commissioner Thom Simmons said Thursday. “Chuck served as the longtime public address voice of CIF Southern Section basketball and will be truly missed.

“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Chuck’s immediate family, and his Damien family as well.”

Hemenway said the school plans to host the funeral on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 12:30 p.m. Fittingly, it will take place in the athletic center.
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« Reply #46 on: August 16, 2017, 09:05:57 AM »

Tim Alderete

A beautiful service today to say goodbye to Chuck Ballingall, surrounded by thousands of Damien alums, students, colleagues and families, as well as debate coaches from all over the country. In the homily, the Father recognized that, when faced with the death of a loved one, it is sometimes difficult to understand God's plan. But then he said "Look around this room - all of the people's lives who he has touched. That is God's plan - God's plan for Chuck." I found that very comforting. Rest in Peace.
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« Reply #47 on: September 07, 2017, 11:04:04 AM »

School's website tribute to Chuck:

https://sites.google.com/damien-hs.edu/thedigitallaconianvol2issue1/home
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