Lamar Fairchild Passed Away - Many Mourn
Very sad to learn tonight (Thursday) of the passing of Lamar Fairchild, a longtime El Dorado High School teacher, mentor, coach and friend to so many El Dorado County kids.
It seemed like he taught nearly every El Dorado County teen how to drive and many of us how to live a clean and healthy life.
For Aimee and I, he was more than that. He pushed me to do my first-ever spokesperson gig in 1987 as I Emcee'd our school's participation in a one-night, nationwide Just Say No campaign event hosted by the First Lady.
It was that night when I first met Aimee Cramer - my future wife - and we would later go on to be actively involved in his peer counseling class - one of the most rewarding experiences I ever had in high school.
I wish I had thanked him for all he did for me, my wife, later my daughter and so many others.
The world needs more teachers and friends like him.
Thanks, Mr. Fairchild.
Eric Lamoureux, Regional Administrator, Inland at Cal OES
Lamar Fairchild's Driving School
2371 Big Canyon Creek Road • Placerville, CA 95667
Lamar Fairchild founded this family business in August of 1989 with his sons Mark and Mike Fairchild. Starting in 1965, Lamar taught Classroom Driver Education and Behind the Wheel Driver Training for the El Dorado Union High District. He taught Classroom Driver Education at El Dorado High School in Placerville, California. In is 44 years of instruction, Lamar has logged over 100,000 hours of instruction behind the wheel.
Janet Gaut wrote: "My daughter just finished his class last month. I see her making healthy choices based on what she learned from him. Its been on my mind to let him know his lessons stuck with her. I'm sad to hear of his passing."
Vicki D'Agostini-Rice wrote: "I had him for Team English, 1968-1971! He was a good teacher and a nice man. RIP Mr. Fairchild!"
Alyceson Wilson Pratt wrote: "A few years back, when my son was going through drivers training, we did the last two with Mr. Fairchild because he had the best reviews for passing the DMV test first time. We don't live in Placerville, so I waited for the lesson to be done and killed the battery in my car with the radio. It was around 10pm and he had a FULL day and had issues going on after falling and hurting his ankles or knees (can't recall at the moment), but this awesome man went home to get his jumper cables and came back to get my car going before he'd finish for the night. He didn't have to do this, but he insisted. Such a good man."