John W. (Jack) Irvine

John (Jack) W. Irvine

Jack Irvine was born August 8, 1922, to Cliff and Anne Irvine. Jack graduated from Broadway High Seattle in Seattle and then the University of Washington, where he participated in the ROTC program. He served in the South Pacific during World War II and then later in the Korean War; he attained the rank of LCDR, USNR. Jack founded and owned a very successful music business company. He was a franchiser for Muzak in the western Washington area, and also was a founder and partner in MFM, GMBH, the Muzak franchise for Germany, based in Munich. Jack was also an experienced yachtsman and a lifetime member of the Seattle Yacht Club, cruising Northwest and Alaska waters for over 50 years. He was an Eagle Scout, a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, of Rotary Club of Seattle, and also the Northwest Forum. His first wife, Barbara, a longtime Delta flight attendant, preceded him in death on January 26, 1996. Jack subsequently married Edith N. Irvine on May 5, 2003 (Cinqo de Mayo) in Las Vegas. Nevada. They had a very happy ten years together, dividing their time between homes in La Conner, Washington, and Indian Wells, California. Jack died on February 24, 2013, in the hospice affiliated with Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, after a long struggle with autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Jack was fortunate to have remained in very good health in spite of this medical challenge until the final two months of his life. His remains have been cremated. He is survived by his wife Edith and her extended family of nieces and nephews, as well as by a former sister-in-law, Joanne Dearborn of Fort Myers, FL.

Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2013