Remembering a Teacher

September 20, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A standing room only crowd packed into the International Agri-Center Saturday to pay tribute to a south valley teacher killed by a bull.61 year old Max Corbett died last Sunday as he herded cows at the Tulare Joint Union High School's district farm. Saturday, Corbett was remembered for his passions in life: teaching and the dairy industry.

More than a thousand people gathered to honor Corbett, filling one thousand seats inside of the Agri-Center's Dairy Center. The size of the crowd left Max's son, James, nearly speechless. "I don't even know what to say, it's pretty incredible. Growing up, he kept everything separate, and now? just to see the impact on the community?" said James.

In his 30 plus years with the Tulare Joint Union High School District, Corbett helped guide Future Farmers of America, sharing his love of agriculture and dairy. "He was always telling me, 'your cow looks really good today.' The encouragement he gave really helped," said Tulare Union Student Jami Lady.

Rose Marie Avila said her 7 sons were all FFA members and over the years Corbett had become a good friend. "He's going to be greatly missed. He was a wonderful person and he taught my sons a lot. My youngest son is an Ag teacher due to Max Corbett, his influence on him," said Avila.

Corbett's sudden death came as a shock to former students all over the state, including valley Congressman Devin Nunes. "He was a man of few words, but he was very direct, and obviously by the turnout today he touched a lot of people's lives," said Nunes.

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