In Memory and Celebration of Chuck Ballingall

It is with a great sense of loss that we share the sudden death of a Damien Spartan treasure, Mr. Chuck Ballingall. Chuck has served Damien for over 35 years, initially as head of the Debate Program. He has taught many Social Studies classes, most recently AP Economics and AP Human Geography. Blessed with a great “announcer’s voice” Chuck has served as the “Voice of the Spartans” in the basketball and baseball programs over many years as well. He will be missed.
Memorial Mass
On Tuesday at 12:30 pm in the Damien Athletic Center, we will offer our student body's Opening School Mass as a memorial for Chuck and his family and friends. All are invited. Please be aware that parking may be at a premium.
A reception will immediately follow the Mass in the Event Center.
Obituary for Chuck
Letter to Chuck Ballingall from Dr. Hemenway
From the Heart
Tribute Video from Memorial Service
San Gabriel Valley Tribune Story
A story from one of our major regional newspapers:
Damien Debate Program Alumni
Damien High School Debate Alumni will be hosting a celebration of life/memorial Mass for Chuck on Tuesday, August 14 at 12:30 pm. Immediately following Mass will be a reception in the Event Center.
The Alumni of Damien Debate is hosting a special lunch to continue the celebration of Chuck. We would like to invite all Debate Alumni and their family to a lunch. We have space reserved for up to 65 at the Pomona Valley Mining Company, which is where many of the Debate Teams' end of the year banquets were held. A buffet lunch will be served from 2:30 until 4:00, and we will have the space until 5:00 p.m.
Please feel free to invite anyone you believe may be interested in helping us celebrate Coach B's life and legacy. Contact Donny Peters for more information:
It is unfortunate that we are getting together under such sad circumstance, but hopefully our time together can remind us all of the amount of support he taught us to give one another.
Share A Story....
Many of you who knew Chuck as a teacher, coach, the Voice of Damien Spartan basketball and baseball, a friend, a colleague, a mentor have shared your thoughts and feelings on Facebook, Twitter and Public Forums. If you would like to read these beautiful words or share some of your own, please do:
Debate Community
College Policy Debate Forum
Damien High School Spartans
Dr. Hemenway, Principal of Damien HS:
Donate to Chuck's Scholarship or to Damien on Chuck's Behalf
Many people have asked about donating to the Chuck Ballingall Future Debater Scholarship or to Damien High School on Chuck's behalf.
If you would like to make a contribution to help endow this scholarship forever (Goal: $100,000), you may do so on-line:
Some of you have shared with others that you want to contribute beyond the scholarship such as contributing to the new student center building, renovation of a classroom, etc. to ensure the legacy of Chuck. If so, please contact Gabriel Hernandez, Director of Development, at or (909) 596-1946 x282.