Jack R Irwin, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on December 9, 2023 at the age of 94. He left behind a legacy of love, kindness, and cherished memories that will forever be etched in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Born on June 2, 1929, he lived a life filled with purpose and devotion to his family. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, demonstrating his commitment to duty, honor, and sacrifice. His service was a testament to his courage and patriotism, and he carried the values instilled in him during those challenging times throughout his entire life.
Jack was a loving husband to Carol, a dedicated father to Jackie and husband Mark Geerts, Dan and wife Liz, Dave and wife Marla, Denise and husband Ted Podlesny; a cherished grandfather to Shaun and wife Alex, Ashley and husband Jason, Christopher and wife Libby, and Carter Irwin who proceeded him in death; a proud great-grandfather to Hannah, Zachary and Jack. His family meant everything to him, and he worked tirelessly to provide them with a life filled with joy and warmth.
Throughout his life, Jack touched the lives of many with his generosity, compassion, and unwavering support. His warm smile and gentle demeanor made him a source of comfort and strength to those around him. Whether it was offering words of wisdom, lending a helping hand, or simply sharing a laugh, he had a remarkable ability to make everyone feel valued and loved.
In addition to his dedication to family, Jack had a passion for animals of all kinds, tinkering and reading. Whether it was spending time in nature, pursuing a favorite hobby, or sharing stories of his experiences, he found joy in the simple pleasures of life. His enthusiasm for these pursuits inspired those close to him to appreciate the beauty in the world around them.
As we mourn the loss of Jack, let us also celebrate the incredible life he lived and the impact he had on the lives of those he leaves behind. His legacy will continue to shine through the memories we shared, the lessons he imparted, and the love that will forever bind our family together.
A memorial service to honor and remember Jack will be held on December 21st at 2 pm with family available to receive friends and family at 1pm. Services will be held at French Mortuary 10500 Lomas in Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to NM Animal Human Society (https://animalhumanenm.org) or The Willow Foundation (https://willowfdn.com) reflecting Jack's lifelong commitment to making a positive difference in the world. There will be a Celebration of Life for Jack, as well, on February 18th, 2024 at 2 pm at his home in Albuquerque.
May Jack rest in eternal peace, and may the memories of his love and kindness bring solace to those who mourn his passing.