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LYNCH, John (Age 82) Passed away in the loving arms of the Lord Jesus Christ on February 15, 2021 at the Hospice House of North Idaho. John was born December 31st, 1938 in Spokane, WA to Dr. Joseph and Margaret Lynch. He grad-uated from Gonzaga High School in 1956 and Gonzaga University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He was a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After attending Gonzaga Law School for three years, he worked in commercial real estate for Earl McCarthy at the North Town Office Bldg and for the CLS Mortgage Company. His most fond memories growing up were playing golf at Hayden Lake Country Club where he was Club Champion at the age of 15 years in 1953. He was the only golfer to qualify for five National Golf Tournaments. At the age of 17 years he was in the final 16 in the USGA National Jr. Golf Tournament and was beat by Jack Rule 1 up. The next day Jack Rule beat Jack Nicklaus 1 up. At age 18 years he was a finalist in the Idaho State Amateur Tournament. At age 21 years he was a finalist in the Spokane City Amateur Tournament along with winning the Esmeralda Open against Pros and Amateurs of the Northwest. He was selected to be on the Hudson Cup Team in 1960. He had a lifetime of five holes-in-one. Later in life he was known affectionately as the Golf Dr. because of golf lessons he gave to friends and family. John's most endearing qualities were his quick wit and sense of humor. It made him a wonderful father entertaining his toddler daughters while teaching them tricks and magic with his favorite being the missing finger routine. Upon meeting any child he would go into his signature magic tricks making everyone laugh and giggle. He made his backyard a children's playground with perfectly manicured lawn, shrubs and blooming crab trees along with a play house for all the neighborhood children. His passion in later life was to know the truth about scripture and felt that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ with the understanding of Christ's death, burial and resurrection was the only thing of real significance. He spent hours reading to gain a better understanding of Christ's life and our future with Him in eternity. John was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Joseph and Margaret Lynch, his brothers, Joseph W. Lynch Jr. and Dr. Patrick S. Lynch Sr. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Shirley Lynch; and two daughters Christine Goin (Jon), and Meegan Lynch; his granddaughters Ashlyn and Lauren Goin; and sister Bridget Schlosstein along with many loving nephews and nieces. The family extends sincere thanks to Hospice of North Idaho and Chaplin Lisa. In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made to The Jesus Film Project at or an organization of your choice. Due to Covid there will not be a memorial service at this time. Friends and family can visit to leave a memory in John's honor.

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Published in Spokesman-Review on Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 23, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Cal & Doris Fankhauser
February 23, 2021
John was a long time friend. Always very friendly with a great sense of humor. And he had an outstanding love for Jesus.
Cal & Doris Fankhauser
February 22, 2021
Thank you for your service to our country. Rest In Peace.
Washington State
February 21, 2021
John was a very forthright and enjoyable person to know. John got my wife Gail and I into real estate contracts and deeds of trusts. We did well with the investments John guided us to. He will be missed.

Tom Harsh
February 21, 2021
We enjoyed knowing John so much when we lived at Hayden Lake. He had a wonderful, warm sense of humor that made him a joy to be around. Many condolences to Shirley and the family.
Robin and Tom Cathcart
Robin Cathcart
February 21, 2021
I caddied for John in golf tournaments at Hayden Lake and years later he followed my group as I played in competitive events. He was a great guy, always greeting friends with a big smile. Very sorry to read of his passing.—Jack Sheehan, Las Vegas
Jack Sheehan
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