LA QUINTA, Calif. -

La Quinta high school's wrestling coach, Tom Jenkins lost his battle with cancer on Sunday. 

The beloved teacher and coach was diagnosed with Stage IV esophageal cancer that had spread to his liver on November 7, 2011.

His family posted this message on facebook, "It is with a heavy, heavy heart that I have to write this post. Teacher and wrestling coach Tom Jenkins list his almost 2 year battle with cancer. He passed away quietly at around 1:00 this afternoon surrounded by family and friends. Thank you all for you support through his fight. We truly appreciate each and every one of you."

We will have much more on Jenkins's life and his influence on the community Monday on News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2.