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Jack William Walsh M.D.


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Jack William Walsh M.D. Obituary
JACK WILLIAM WALSH, MD Our wonderful, gentle husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather Jack William Walsh left us to begin his heavenly adventure on October 22, 2016. He died peacefully at home in his own bed after just celebrating his 99th Birthday and beginning his 100th year. Jack was born to Myron "Mike" Walsh and Leanore Black Walsh in Eureka on October 17, 1917. He attended Marshall School and graduated from Eureka High School before beginning Humboldt State College. He transferred to the University of California in Berkeley and completed his medical training at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Since World War II was still in full force, Jack was sent to Alaska as an Army officer. He served there until 1946 when he returned to Eureka to begin his medical practice. He practiced medicine for over 50 years and delivered more than 5,000 babies. He loved his patients who became his friends and loved him in return. Jack's love of the outdoors began at an early age. He hunted and fished with his father and older brother Joe. He spoke of riding his bike down to the bay with a shotgun on his handlebars so he could shoot jacksnipe - which he reported were good eating. Jack's lifelong love of skiing began as a teenager when he made his first pair of skis. He boiled the tips in his mother's laundry tub so they could be shaped and bent. He and friends started skiing at Berry Summit using a portable rope tow. Their skiing moved to New Prairie and eventually moved up to Horse Mountain where Jack, his wife Mary, and their children ran the operation from 1962-1983 with help from a multitude of young people who "worked to ski." Many people were introduced to skiing through those years. Jack continued to ski until he was 95. He reluctantly stopped because of failing eyesight. Jack loved sailing on the bay in his Lido 14 sailboat that he treated himself to after sailing his homemade sailboat for many years. He also surfed in the 50's on a long board that his wife Mary bought him on their honeymoon in Hawaii. He loved flying gliders, family picnics, and camping all while being "on call"! Many an activity was interrupted when he needed to return to one of the hospitals to deliver another baby. Jack loved nothing more than clearing and maintaining roads on his tractor at the family logging operation. He loved being in the woods and was most happy wearing his Hickory shirt and jeans. He had the gift of being comfortable with everyone and never said an unkind word toward others. What a gift we were given for 99 years! All we can say is - thanks to God for loaning us such a wonderful, humble, unpretentious, kind and loving man. His was a life well lived and he will be missed. He lives on in the many happy memories that will be passed on in the kindness we show to others. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and brother Joe, 2 sons Paddy and Jack, and grandson Jonathan Walsh Mellon. He is survived by his wife Mary, and 9 children and their spouses: Linda (Ken) Bareilles, Dan (Tracey) Walsh, Mona (Joe) Pinochi, Rose (Ron) Wahlund, Kitty (Lorenz) Kathol, Patrick Walsh, Liz (Tom) Day, Heidi (Ron) Beauchamp, and Betsy (Frank) Homen. He is also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Jack and Carolyn Bareilles (Jesse and Claire), Ken and Renee Bareilles (Gigi and Max), Jess and Denise Bareilles (Nathan and Mai), Sandy and Eric Younger (Jasmine and Colton), Christy Bareilles, Paul Bareilles, Heidi Bareilles (J'von), Kelsey Walsh, Maddy Walsh, Cory and Haley Pinochi (Kade and Lucca), Casey and Karen Pinochi (Kamryn and Corrado), Matt Wahlund, Danna Wahlund, Katie and Nate Weightman (Keira and Jack), Kurt and Hayley Kathol (Asher and Harlow), Karlie Kathol, Danny Day, Leanore Day, Ronnie Beauchamp, Bailey Beauchamp, Johnny Homen and Michael Homen, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The family is especially thankful to our sister Heidi Beauchamp for her devotion and care of our Dad during the past several years. We would also like to extend sincere thanks to Dr. Beth Abels and Dr. Jack Irvine for the compassionate care and friendship that they gave to Dad through the years. A Celebration of Life will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 2085 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka, on Saturday, October 29th at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to would be appreciated. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Oct. 26 to Oct. 28, 2016
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