John W. (Jack) Hartigan|
John (Jack) W. Hartigan passed away peacefully (and still joking with us) at home with family on April 4, 2013; after a brief illness and hospitalization. The son of Clarence and Jane Hartigan, Jack was born in Spokane, WA on July 15, 1925. After his father's early death In 1933, he moved to Harrison, ID; where his mom was the local telephone operator out of their home. Jack slept outside on the porch with his dog, and used to tell stories about ice skating across Lake Coeur d' Alene, and hearing the ice crack at night. Jack graduated from Harrison High School in 1943, and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in October of 1943. He served on the U.S. aircraft carrier Block Island in the Pacific war zone. He was discharged in March of 1946 as a staff sergeant. Jack entered the University of Idaho in 1946, and graduated in March of 1950. He married Barbara Jean Mosher in Lewiston, Idaho in September of 1949. They had two sons, John (Edgewood, WA) and Steve (Bellevue, WA); and four grandchildren Shannon and Heather (John), and Shawna and Nick (Steve). Jack was employed by the IRS from 1951 to 1980, and retired as an appeals officer in the Seattle Appeals Office. He and his wife enjoyed years of winter travel to Bucerias, Mexico. Jack enjoyed his family, friends, golfing, and gardening. He especially enjoyed fishing with his sons in the Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. He never would use a down rigger, but he still caught several salmon last summer in Edmonds. Jack was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, his father, his mother, and his sister Mary Ellen.
At his request there will be no funeral. His ashes will be laid to rest in the San Juan Islands with his wife Barb; where their family enjoyed many fun summers. Donations in Jack's memory may be made to Brightening4Children 900 Meridian E. #19-147 Milton, WA 98354.
Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2013