John E. Irby

Profile Updated: June 20, 2016
Residing In: Marana, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner: Nori
Life's Work: Junior High English Teacher and Author of "Red-talied Rescue."
Children: Daughters: Tobi and Amber
Son: Johnny
Grandkids: Two Girls and Two Boys
Great Grandkids: More…One Boy
Military Service: Navy Hospital Corpsman  

I joined the navy in August of 1959 and spent the next four years as a surgical technician in Oregon, California and the Philippines.
In 1967 I started college and was married in 1968. We bought a house on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, had two children, a son and daughter. After graduation from the U.W. in 1971, I began a 30 year teaching career at Kenmore Junior High, retiring there in 2001.
My wife passed away in 2000 after a 14-year struggle with multiple sclerosis. In 2004 I married a wonderful woman from Malaysia. I also adopted a grand daughter.
We sold our Seattle home in 2010 and moved to Marana, Arizona, a suburb of Tucson.In 2014 my novel "Red-tailed Rescue" was published. I try to walk for thirty minutes each morning just as the sun comes up. I still play lousy golf, read lots, and write each day. Nori and I love going to the movies, trying new restaurants, especially Thai, and watching British television shows.
I've been blessed with good health, and despite minor aches and pains here, there, and most everywhere, love my life.

School Story:

It took me many, many years to realize how special it was to grow up in a small, old-fashioned community like the tiny village Bothell used to be. The people there, for the most part, were genuine blue-collars who worked hard, believed in the value of education for their children, and trusted each other as neighbors.
I regret not studying harder in high school, but I had so many wonderful friends and harbor countless happy memories. Bothell of course has changed dramatically the past seventy-five years, but every time I drive through the memories come flooding back.

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Jun 21, 2018 at 4:33 AM
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Mar 13, 2018 at 12:33 PM

Ken was a big guy. i was small.

He was outgoing. i was quiet and shy.

He played football. so did i.

We faced the other teams, big, rough kids, but Ken was all that too.

He loomed like a mountain in our line, 

on offense, creating a path, and on defense, plugging the hole.

He played next to Phil Carter, gone now, and Joe Franza, gone now too.

The weather got cold and our bodies got sore,

but Ken and Frankie Miglore giggled, laughed, and asked for more.

Frankie and Ken are gone now, sad to say.

We were all brothers that autumn day.

and now, Ken, our biggest of brothers is gone.

The world is a much smaller place now, but not for long.

No doubt, there's a young boy, who'll come along soon.

He'll need to be a big one, strong and kind, able to laugh at the moon.

And most of all he'll need to be a happy kid, with a limousine for a grin, to replace our Ken.  



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Posted on: Oct 16, 2017 at 6:05 PM

76 trombones in the grand parade, and all remaining Bothell Cougars salute you on this special day, Wayne. May you enjoy delicious food, cold beverages, loud laughter, and warm hugs from friends and family. irb

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Sep 20, 2017 at 11:25 AM

i hope you have the happiest of days, Judy, one filled with sunshine, delicious food, loud laughter, and warm hugs shared all around. you remain one of my all-time favorite co-editors, even though once in awhile i actually tried to help.

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Oct 16, 2016 at 2:29 PM

Glad you're still with us remaining '59ers, Wayne. We may be dwindling, but we're still a force to be reckoned with. Go Cougars!

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Jul 13, 2016 at 8:33 AM

Mutt and Nancy, that's what we were. She towered over me by five or six inches at least and other than a tree or two, probably the tallest living female object at our school. Nancy, as I remember her then, was full of nervous energy, a constant giggle on her lips, and always trying to appear shorter than God made her. Understandable. There were no scouts beating the bushes around Bothell for girls to play college basketball and professional women's basketball was unheard of. So Nancy went to school like everyone else, was fun, and kind, and full of laughter. We often stood side by side, me gazing up, she peering down, but still good buddies despite the obvious disparity in elevation. I think she kissed me once in 9th grade. It didn't work too well, but she managed somehow. Despite the kiss we stayed friends all through junior high and high school. She was a fine friend. I miss her already. Irb

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Jun 24, 2016 at 4:33 PM

If schools had diplomats, ambassadors, senators and such, Phil was surely ours. He was thoughtful beyond his years and always seemed so much the gentleman, composed, friendly, and thoughtful. He also seemed genuine; there were no airs about this kid; he was real, he had goals, he wanted a future. I admired him very much and always enjoyed being in his company. Our class is gradually being whittled away, and He who wields the knife took a big piece of us when he called Phil home last week. Irb

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Jan 17, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Happy Birthday, Jim. So glad we're still friends all these years, and doubly so we're both still healthy and reasonably sane. I hope you and those you love have the most pleasant of days together. Irb

Nov 15, 2015 at 2:37 PM

Have a terrific day with all those you love, Judy! Oh, Happy Day!

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Jul 08, 2015 at 7:57 PM

Hi, Ken. It's really good to hear a snippet of your life. I remember vividly our friendship on the track team along with Jim Reed. You were the top sprinter on our squad, and we shared lots of laughs during workouts and at the meets. I didn't realize you transferred to Everett. Goes to show how distracted I was then. Glad you're still fit and happy. Take care friend. Irby

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Posted on: Apr 20, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Woke up this morning missing a friend, Norm Larson. Played some baseball and football alongside of him before all the fancy equipment for athletes was invented. Just boys playing games. Norm may not have been the best athlete Bothell ever produced, but he surely was one of the nicest. No matter how grim things were on the football field or baseball diamond Norm had a constant grin pasted on, sprinkled here and there with freckles. He was soft-spoken, cheerful as a robin, and I never heard him say a naughty word in all the years we knew each other. His wife must consider herself the luckiest fisherlady in the world. The day she caught Norm's heart was truly something special. The class of '59 was lucky to have such a gentleman of a boy. John E. Irby

Nov 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Happy, Happy, Judy. I hope all is well with you and your family. Have a most fabulous day. I'm already five months into my seventy third year, and it's been great so far. It's the next ten years that have me a bit concerned. Take care. John

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Oct 31, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Good to see you on the website, Jim. You were an important member of our football and wrestling teams, and the Class of '59. We had some fun times. Irb

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Aug 08, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Well, Hi, Wayne. Long time no hear. Just couldn't do the reunion this time round because my wife is out of the country and I'm near Tucson, a place called Marana. Next time you're in Mesa give me some kind of notice and we'll dart up to see you guys. Have a great reunion, and say hi to everyone for me. I hope all is well with you and all the Cougars who ever walked the halls with us. Take care. Irby

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