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Joseph Gregory (Joe) McNabb Jr.


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Joseph Gregory (Joe) McNabb Jr. Obituary
Joseph Gregory (Joe) McNabb, Jr.

Joseph Gregory (Joe) McNabb, Jr. passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. He was 85 years old. Joe was born in Spokane Washington to Joseph and Edna (Riley) McNabb on June 1, 1933. He grew up on the South Hill in Spokane and attended Saint Augustine Elementary and Gonzaga Prep High School. He graduated from Gonzaga University in 1955 with a degree in English and in 1959 with a teacher's certificate. Joe served for two years as a Lieutenant in the US Army.

While at Fort Lewis, Joe agreed to accompany a friend on a double blind date with a pair of nurses completing their psychiatric nurse training rotation at Steilacoom. While walking toward the nurses Joe liked the look of the woman on the right so he swapped places with his buddy to be paired with Lyta Lundberg. The rest is history! Joe and Lyta celebrated 60 years of marriage last November.

Joe and Lyta have five children: J. Gregory III (Joan), Marie, Mark (Sylvie Cloutier), Anthony (Cynthia), and Christopher (Patricia). They have 11 grand-children: Kate (Matt) Dewey, Michelle (Colin) Davis, Sarah, Blake, Kelsey (Matt) Landowski, Justin, Kevin, Raymond, Daniel, Joseph, and Riley; and six great-grandchildren: Isabelle, Jackson, Carlee, Scarlett, Elijah, and "Little Lyta".

Joe is also survived by his brother Paul (Barbara) McNabb of Spokane and numerous nieces, nephews, sisters- and brothers-in-law, and friends and colleagues.

Joe was a teacher of extraordinary dedication and skill. From 1959 to 1977 he taught at Issaquah High School in English, Latin, and French and advised the yearbook. In 1977, Joe moved to Sunny Hills Elementary where he taught 4th grade for another 13 years.

Joe was an accomplished woodworker, photographer, bowler, and designer of gardens and family trees. He loved camping with the family, getting things right - especially language - and he sang beautifully. He was a lifelong Catholic, serving with Lyta at their parish homes, most recently at Mary Queen of Peace parish in Sammamish.

A funeral mass will be held Saturday, September 8 at 10:00 am at St. Therese Church in Seattle, Washington.

A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mercy Corps, to your local Public Broadcasting Station, or to a in his name.
Published in The Seattle Times from Sept. 5 to Sept. 6, 2018
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