John E. Irby

Profile Updated: June 20, 2016
Residing In: Tucson, 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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Mar 22, 2021 at 10:52 AM

Posted on: Mar 21, 2021 at 9:42 AM

morning, Gary. glad we're both still here to celebrate your special day. i hope it's filled with delicious food, loud laughter, greetings from near and far, birdsong, and wonderful memories of years gone by. take care, Friend, stay safe. our world needs much more of you. irb

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Mar 16, 2021 at 10:34 AM

Posted on: Mar 15, 2021 at 10:52 AM

happy 80th, Bill. so glad you're still with us. i hope your special day is filled with delicious food, loud laughter, birdsong, and warm hugs all around. stay safe, Sir. our world needs much more of you. irb

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Sep 19, 2019 at 11:07 AM

hi, Judy. tomorrow, it seems, is your special day of celebration of 78 years of precious life. i'm sure your golf swing is just as pure and strong now as it was all those years ago in Bothell at Wellington Hills and Wayne. i hope all is well with you, and all those you love. take care. john

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John E. Irby has left an In Memory comment for Camie Peterson Grillo.
Mar 09, 2019 at 8:33 AM

I remember most how gentle Camie was our senior year-- her long hair, delicate features, gorgeous smile and soft voice. i'm not surprised at all that she put up a valiant fight against her disease and kept a happy heart all the while. that's what we Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, and North Creek grown kids do. this is a sad day for the class of '59 as once more the roll up yonder has been callled and our Cougar's roar has been diminished by one. John Irby 

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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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Oct 18, 2017 at 12:11 AM

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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