Obituary: Michael Robert Helton

Ally Benko


Michael Robert Helton, a beloved Social Science teacher who taught at Livermore High School for 18 years, died Sunday, April 17 at his home in Danville after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 67 years old.

Helton was born in Germany on February 20, 1949 and graduated from Long Beach State University. He is survived by his wife, Deborah and son, Nathan.

Helton’s family will be celebrating his life with a memorial gathering at their Danville home. Those who wish to do so are encouraged to donate to East Bay Hospice in Helton’s name in lieu of flowers. The link below can be used to donate in Michael Robert Helton’s name.


The staff of El Vaquerito are building a memorial page for Mr. Helton on our site.  If you would like to contribute to the memorial, please follow the link below and share a favorite memory of Mr. Helton with us.

5 thoughts on “Obituary: Michael Robert Helton

  1. My first summer after receiving my teaching credential, I was a summer school sub for Mike. I was actually Mike’s substitute teacher’s sub, as she had to take time off that session. It was a eye-opening experience. It was surprisingly fun. I got to know him better into the next school year because of it. My most favorite and fondest of memories involving Mike are all the dances we chaperoned together. Serving on the Senior Awards “board” with him was such a bonding experience too. I will miss his smile, rather that smirk of his, and his laugh.

  2. You were always one of the first people to come to mind when I thought of my favorite teachers at LHS. I learned so much from
    your class, and you were an excellent educator. I was happy that when I attended summer school that following summer, you were also the teacher there! I hope you knew how much of an impact you had on your students. Be at peace, Mr. Helton, you made a difference in the world.

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