Honored In 2016
While being honored as a JEF Star in 2016, Mr. Val Rose in turn honored his late wife, Suzi, with the Influential Indian distinction. Suzi was the elementary music teacher in JISD for many years while Val served as JHS Band Director. He credits her with helping and guiding him through his band directing years, resulting in numerous awards and honors. Suzi passed away just months before the EWOS event honoring her husband, after a courageous and long battle with cancer. Jacksonville students from the 60’s and 70’s fondly recall her warm smile and gentle nature.