James Joseph Connors III
Jan 11, 1934 – Oct 21, 2014
James Joseph “Joe” CONNORS III
January 11, 1934 – October 21, 2014
died peacefully in his sleep Oct. 21, 2014 in Seattle.
Born in Sunnyvale, California, raised in Juneau, Alaska and Seattle, Washington, he attended Seattle’s O’Dea and Cleveland high schools, Mexico City College and the University of Washington.
A brilliant linguist, he directed the Peace Corps training programs for Central and South America as well as Asia and wrote the first Foreign Service texts for the Aymara and Quechua languages. He was by nature and profession a teacher.
He was blessed with Irish wit, humor and a bit of the Blarney. But nothing surpassed his gift of poetry. Never was there a moment when from the slightest wisp of breeze he failed to extract a bit of verse. He delighted in the magic of this gift, as did we all.
He married his college sweetheart Marie Sachs in 1955. Together they raised five children and had 56 wonderful years together. He loved his family and delighted in his children’s adventures and successes. They were his opus.
He was a man of great intellect, generosity and humanity.
Joe is survived by his children; Lucrezia Paxson, Katherine, Michael, Patricia Kirkham and Jennifer Garza-Cuen; grandchildren Shauna Spenley, Amanda Paxson, Camille Kirkham, Michael and Allison Connors and Adia Kirkham; great-grandchildren Katherine, Ava and Jack Spenley; beloved family members Philip McFarland, John Paxson, Steve Bussey, Valerie Connors, Jeff Kirkham, Mark Mims, Mike Spenley, Dave Beran, Steve Walker, Joe, James and Leah McFarland; Andrew, Joe, Marie, Antonia, David, Edward, Tom, Michael, John and Steve (George) McPherson and their spouses and children. Additionally, he is remembered by extended family Jim and Sherry Anderson, Doug and Sarah Tiel and dozens of exchange students from around the world to whom he was host father. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Marie, sister Pat McFarland and in-laws Gloria and Jim McPherson.
A wake will be held at 4 p.m., Oct. 27, 2014 at 20069 Pugh Rd. N.E. Poulsbo, WA. 98370. Please direct flowers and remembrances to Bonney Watson, 1732 Broadway, Seattle, WA. 98122. See: www.bonneywatson.com.
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