St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Mourns the Loss of Founding Faculty Member and Retired Associate Headmaster David Boyle

William N. Moseley, Head of School
We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of longtime St. Margaret’s Episcopal School leader and founding faculty member David Boyle from complications of pneumonia on Sunday. He was a much beloved school leader and his loss will be felt far and wide throughout the St. Margaret’s community.

David, Faculty Emeritus who retired in 2012 as Associate Headmaster, joined St. Margaret’s as a faculty member in the fall of 1980, the second year of the school. He was a true servant leader who committed his life’s work to the mission of St. Margaret’s.

In the early years, David’s passion for education and dedication to the vision of St. Margaret’s was evident in the many roles he took on to support our young school’s growth and success. He taught math, science, sacred studies, physical education, and coached the first two interscholastic sports, soccer and golf. When grade 9 was added in 1982, he also taught algebra and coached basketball. He was named Director of the Junior High, and then Middle School Principal overseeing grades 6-8 upon a school restructuring in 1988. David led the intensive, school-wide WASC and CAIS accreditation work from 1986 until his retirement, as well as campus emergency preparedness planning. Throughout his tenure, David was integrally involved in strategic planning and vision setting for St. Margaret’s future. David is most recently remembered as the Upper School Principal, from 2004 to 2011. His immeasurable impact and contributions can be seen and felt everywhere you look; on our campus, in our faculty and classrooms, in St. Margaret’s standing as a leading academic institution, and most importantly, in the faces of the thousands of students, teachers, families and alumni whose lives he touched.

A true “Treasured Tartan,” we will remember David for his incredible life of service, humility, as well as his signature humor and joy. The Boyle family, too, is an integral part of the rich history of St. Margaret’s. David is survived by his loving wife, Marilynn, St. Margaret’s Faculty Emerita, and their son Michael, a member of the Class of 2002, his wife Rebecca and their daughter Lyla. Please keep them and the entire Boyle family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

We will notify you of service arrangements as soon as those details are available, and look forward to the time soon when we can come together to honor David’s tremendous legacy and celebrate his extraordinary life. Please click here to read a tribute to David and his 32 years at St. Margaret’s written by Jeannine Clarke and published in the Summer 2013 issue of the Highlander Magazine.

Service Information

A public memorial service has been planned to celebrate David’s life this Saturday, December 2 at 4 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made in David’s memory to one of the following organizations:

Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano or Special Camp for Special Kids
Gifts can be made online or via mailed check, noting in the memo: In memory of David Boyle—Breakthrough SJC or Special Camp, to:
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
31641 La Novia
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Camp Stevens
Gifts can be made online or via mailed check, noting a gift in memory of David Boyle, to:
Camp Stevens
P.O. Box 2320
Julian, CA 92036

Please continue to keep the Boyle family in your thoughts and prayers at this time.

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31641 La Novia Avenue
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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