Ex-auto mechanic embraced career in vocational teaching Deno V. Calvis, a vocational school graduate and auto mechanic who went on to college and became a teacher - and champion - of vocational education, died Thursday [Oct. 5, 2000] of heart-related problems in his West Toledo home. He was 70. Mr. Calvis was diagnosed with heart problems about a month ago and had undergone tests at the Cleveland Clinic, his wife, Barbara, said. He retired in 1992 from Penta County Vocational School, where he was hired as a teacher of auto mechanics. Most of his career was as a supervisor, overseeing students and faculty and programs ranging from auto mechanics to woodworking and cosmetology, his wife said. Mr. Calvis grew up in Woodville, and his parents paid tuition so he could attend the former Macomber Vocational High School in Toledo. He studied auto mechanics, and that became his first career. He owned a gas station at Woodville Road and Navarre Avenue for several years, but "he decided that he didnšt want this as a whole career and life - to be working on cars," his wife said. He attended the University of Toledo and received bacheloršs and masteršs degrees. "He always looked for the best in the situation," his son Tony said. "He always wanted to better his position. He had an interest in life, a fascination. He had an interest in learning, and translated to a lifetime of dedicating himself to education." He first taught auto mechanics at Macomber. Penta was formed in the mid-1960s, and he was among its first staff members. He was a member of the Vocational Industrial Club of America. He was a trustee and a past president of Iota Lambda Sigma, an honorary professional society, and received awards for his work in vocational education. "He figured that to get any place, you had to have a trade School of some kind," his wife said. In retirement, he became active in the Fraternal Order of Eagles, of which hešd been president. He was a past president of the council at St. Lukešs Lutheran Church, Temperance, where he was an usher and greeter. Mrs. Calvis said the couple enjoyed getaways in their motor home. Surviving are his wife, Barbara; sons, Tony and David; stepson, Scott Bodart, and three grandchildren. The body will be in the Walker Mortuary after 2 p.m. today, with a Fraternal Order of Eagles service at 7:30 tonight in the mortuary. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow in St. Lukešs Lutheran Church, Temperance. The family requests tributes to the church.