ORIENT - Andrew Victor Latvis, 49, (19652014), a science and math teacher for 26 years at East Grand School, who reached out to all students, died Tuesday, December 9, 2014, in his sleep at his home in Orient, ME.
Andy was born in Chicopee, Mass. His parents are Victor G. Latvis and Sue Linda (Huntsman) Latvis. He has one brother, Roger Victor Latvis. He married Louise (Theriault) Latvis in 1985, while still in college at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science in 1988. He started teaching high school science that same year at East Grand School in Danforth. He worked his way to teaching middle school science and math, some years, even teaching the lower grades. He loved working with students. He coached both soccer and softball/baseball, giving his all to encourage students to be their best. He could be seen in the field racing with the students or doing backflips and handstands.
Andy's most precious legacy is his two children, Alysha Marie (Latvis) Moyer and Benjamin Alexander Latvis. He encouraged them to develop a love of nature and animals and helped them to respect others. Andy's favorite pastime was fishing, and he could often be found on his favorite rock, canoeing or ice fishing during the coldest storms. He took many staff, community members and students fishing or on trips to release the salmon that the school had raised. He guided both for fishing and recreation, sharing his knowledge and love of Maine nature. In his later years, he started golfing and playing the drums. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Baskahegan 175. He was a 'people' person who would throw on his coat and drive out into a blizzard to help people get their vehicle unstuck. He loved and was loved by many people.
Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Friday, December 12, at the East Grand School gymnasium, Danforth, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Roger Cyr officiating. Those who wish may sign an online guest register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com.