J HOWARD MCINTOSH III
December 17, 1938 ~ July 9, 2015
J Howard McIntosh III passed away on July 9, 2015 at the age of 76, after a short illness. He was a long time resident of Castle Rock, Washington and was residing at a care home in Vancouver at the time of his death.
J was born December 17th, 1938 in the town of Grandville, Michigan to Jack McIntosh and Marion Beadle McIntosh. He had one sibling, his sister, Nancy. He married Patricia Smick on June 23, 1962. The two shared 53 years of marriage and had three daughters. J is survived by his wife, Pat; three children, Holly Parr of Longview, Heather McIntosh of Portland, and Heidi McIntosh of Castle Rock; and six grandchildren who he adored, Tyler McIntosh, Jacob Kimball, Elaine Kimball, and Gracie Kimball, of Castle Rock, LeeLee Parr, of Longview, and Henry McIntosh of Portland. He also leaves behind many extended family members in the Clark County area.
J's earliest years were spent in Michigan. When he was still a young child, the family moved to Vancouver, Washington, and then to Ridgefield where J graduated from high school in 1957. From there he attended Clark College where he played on the tennis team, and then moved to Central Washington University where he earned his teaching degree. He began his teaching career in Castle Rock in 1961. After teaching for a few years, J entered the Masters program at Oregon State University where he earned his Masters in Science Education, afterwards returning to Castle Rock for the duration of his teaching career spanning 38 years. He coached several different sports during his teaching tenure as well as after retirement, including cross country, boys tennis, and later, girls tennis. He loved tennis whether he was playing, watching, or coaching. His mottos were, "Can't never did anything," and "You can DO eet!" He was active in the teacher's union, serving as CREA president for several years, and WEA president for a year.
J was known to his colleagues as a consummate professional and was a positive influence and role model to his students. He inspired many to go into the fields of medicine, science, and teaching due to his passion for teaching and learning, and his compassion for his students.
After retirement, gardening and travel became passions for J. He loved collecting plants and attending garden shows. He cultivated unusual varieties of flowers and edibles. He also spent many hours with his grandchildren, attending their sporting events, teaching them computer basics, and just hanging out. He enjoyed reading Michener novels and had an avid interest in reading about General Custer. He also indulged in many of Stephen King's thrillers. On his trip to the east coast, he visited King's hometown in Maine. In addition to books, J enjoyed movies, his favorite being "Avatar". He also watched "Legally Blonde" every time it came on the TV, as well as owned it on DVD.
J spent the last fifteen years as a caregiver to Pat as she dealt with the effects of cancer. Even as he battled his own cancer and then rapidly progressing brain disease, he selflessly dedicated himself to managing Pat's medications and many appointments while continuing to make himself available to the rest of the family.
Thank you to Deby and Doru for taking such good care of J during his illness.
A memorial service celebrating J's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting on J's behalf to have donations sent to the Castle Rock District Office for a memorial bench in his name to be placed at the Castle Rock High School tennis courts. Donations can be sent to: 600 Huntington Ave. S, Castle Rock, WA 98611. Checks should be made out to the Castle Rock High School Tennis Program in honor of J McIntosh.
" . . . Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost, 1916
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