A man killed in Spokane while trying to break up an underage drinking party was a former Othello High School teacher and coach and River View High School principal.
The Spokesman-Review reported that Frank Motta was assaulted while trying to break up a party at a neighbor's house that had been thrown by the neighbor's teenage son while the neighbor was out of town.
He died Thursday at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.
Motta's daughter Jami told the Herald on Saturday that her father had spent a lifetime helping children, and in later years also had worked to help veterans as a volunteer at the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
He taught English and remedial reading at Othello High School in the 1970s before becoming a vice principal and then principal at River View in Finley in the 1980s.
He also was involved with an Upward Bound program at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.
"That's what he was about," she said of her father's work with students.
The family then moved to Southern California, where they lived until moving to Spokane about three years ago after his retirement, she said.
She said many of his former students and athletes he coached in Othello had heard about Motta's death and contacted the family with their condolences and fond remembrances.
"That's the kind of guy he was," she said.