John St Clair Minnix

Passed on Jun 1, 2017

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John passed peacefully with the love of family and friends, at home, on June 1st, 2017. He was born in Spokane on January 31st, 1949, to Samuel Minnix Sr. and Hortense Orr.

John graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, where he was an accomplished athlete in track and football, and attended Central Washington University.

John loved fishing and brought the love of fishing to his sons and nephews. Along with fishing, he was known for his mean fish fry. His hobby was horse racing and he was an avid student of horse racing statistics. He spent his time off, applying his skills at Playfair Race Course in Spokane. In high school, he was known for his smooth dance moves and spent many Saturdays practicing with his buddies, Artis and Ray.

John retired from Kaiser Aluminum after 25+ years, when he moved to Seattle where he became a beloved school bus driver for the Seattle school district.

He is survived by his long term partner, Sherry Amundson and their son Jamel Minnix. As well as his children, Janet Jackson, David Stillwell, Angela Allen and grandchildren. His surviving siblings are Samuel Minnix Jr., Robert Minnix, Verda Lofton, Gary Minnix, Marion Roebuck, Margaret Minnix, and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of life at Montlake Community Center in Seattle, on June 17th, from 12:00 to 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.


Briana Bradley
Spokane , Wa
Nov 23, 2017

I'm so sorry for your loss Sherry. I never knew. I was looking up old friends and discovered this tonight 11/23.He was a good person who loved you very much. I think he called me when my husband died tragically, but I don't remember for sure. I was out of state when it happened and it is still a blur to this day. I hope John didn't suffer long. I know how you feel. It's something you never truly get over. Briana Bradley

Dick McDonald
Seattle, WA
Jun 16, 2017

I will miss John's great smile, his appreciation of good music, his thoughtful input on current events political and otherwise. I am so glad to have introduced him to our drumming group. I wish I had known John much longer but am so grateful for the time that I had him as a friend. Peace my friend.

Genny Minnix
Tallahassee, FL
Jun 16, 2017


I will miss your infectious and robust always made me so happy whenever I heard it, and it will forever echo in my many treasured memories of you. Rest in eternal peace, brother-in-law.

Sam, Bob, Verda, Gary, Mimi, Margo and Sherry--I am so very sorry about your loss. May the comfort of family and friends sustain you during this most difficult time of transition.



Ginny McDonald
Lynnwood, WA
Jun 15, 2017

My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. John was a good friend, and although we will miss him greatly, he will always live on in our hearts.

Jim Nenema
Airway Heights , WA
Jun 12, 2017

I send my condolences to the family!! I worked with John at Kaiser back in the early 80's. We use to go down and play basketball at the Salvation Army. And I remember how much he loved fishing. He was a very nice man!!

Brennan Minnix
Tallahassee , FL
Jun 9, 2017

You are dearly missed Uncle Johnny. Thank you for the memories and life lessons, that I will carry on with me forever.

Cassandra Barrow
Oak Harbor , Wa
Jun 9, 2017

Uncle Johnny you will be missed. Love you. Until we meet again.

Kent, WA
Jun 8, 2017

Blessings and Love to the Family.

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