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Terry Fix
May 10, 1936-June 11, 2022
Terry Fix obit pic

Terry Fix was born on May 10, 1936 at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, CA to Kathleen Patricia Tyne and James William Fix.  

   He is survived by his wife of 31 great years, Edna Austin-Fix, as well as his three sons, three step-children, 14 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

   Terry's descendants include; eldest son, Sean Fix (Seattle), and wife Jaime; three granddaughters, Kelsey Shuler, Janice Resto, Caitlin Fix; three great-grandchildren, Aria and Kai Shuler, and Emberlyn Resto;  son, Darren Fix (Sacramento); and youngest son, Colin Fix (Hercules, CA) with wife Annie, four grandchildren Xander, Dax, Zoe and Izzy. Terry is also survived by the mother of his sons, Shirley Fix. In addition, Terry is survived by stepson Jeff Austin (Robyn) and three granddaughters Emma, Claire, and Grace and two grandsons Baxter and Gabriel, as well as two great-grandsons Daxton and Reef, step daughters, Lisa Austin and Sally (Scott) Gould and two grandchildren Austin and Sarah. 

   Terry attended kindergarten at Jefferson School, and 1st thru 6th grade at St. Joseph Catholic School, then graduated from Garces Memorial High School in 1954 in Bakersfield, Ca. He then graduated from Bakersfield College and finished up at San Jose State College with a Social Science major and a minor in Business Education. He was accepted into Baltimore Maryland’s Military Intelligence Academy at Fort Holabird.  He then served a year and a half in Wurzburg, Germany as a Military Intelligence Coordinator.  After his stint in the army he continued his graduate year at San Jose State earning his General Secondary Teaching Credential. 

   Terry started his career teaching at Manteca Union High School in 1962-1963. He began in Room 1 teaching 6 periods of his favorite subject—World History—right next to the Superintendent’s office.  Over a period of time, more challenges and opportunities were added to his plate: World Geography, Typing I and Typing II, American Government, US History, International Relations, Student Government (Student Council Advisor), Video Productions, Technology Coordinator, Team Teaching, and the Mentor Teacher Program. Soon after that, he was assigned to attend educational workshops- California League of High Schools, California Council of Social Studies, Computer Using Educators (CUE). From there, he did academic presentations in Long Beach, Ca Los Angeles, Ca, the National Council of Social Studies in Phoenix, and National High School Association in Portland, Or.  The key to his success as a teacher was to be dynamic, animated, humorous, dramatic, and engage his students in a variety of ways. He used compelling imagery through the latest technology, dramatic play, and music to bring history to life for his students.

Terry also coached cross country and track and field.  He worked very closely with a rag tag group of fellow coaches: two Scotsmen, an Italian, and an Australian to create Manteca High School’s first Soccer Team in the late ‘70s

Terry was a well loved teacher/coach for nearly 50 years when he initially retired, only to return three months later as the technology coordinator teaching the ROP video production class that produced the weekly Buffalo Morning Show.  During his retirement he participated in the Modesto PC Users Group assisting a number of people (especially senior citizens) with the newest computer tech.  He was also instrumental in putting together the Stanislaus Stepping Stones at the McHenry Museum.

   He will be dearly missed by his wife, family, and friends.

   Funeral services for Terry will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Granger Ave. in Modesto, Ca.  Wednesday, June 29th at 10:00am .


Manteca ( Calif.) Bulletin

Saturday, June 25, 2022