Daryl Jessup Squires passed away peacefully on May 31, three weeks shy of his 86th birthday, at Whatcom Hospice House.
He leaves his wife of 64 years, Connie Jo Squires; sons Stephen (Mary), Chad (Betsy) and Scott (Sherith); seven grandchildren; and many close friends.
Daryl was born in Nampa, Idaho, and lived all over the Pacific Northwest and California. He and Connie Jo spent many years in Spokane and Bellevue before living the last five years in and around Lynden.
In his early years, Daryl, his two sisters and three brothers settled in the Kennydale area where Daryl was a standout on the Renton High School football team, participating in the state all-star game as a senior. After graduating from Renton in 1950, he attended Whitworth College in Spokane for a year, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. Daryl’s leadership ability was recognized as he was elevated to platoon leader during boot camp; he served just under two years before returning to Whitworth to participate in football and complete his degree. Whitworth football never lost a game in the next three years. Daryl graduated in 1957 and began his career as a teacher and coach.
He started at Riverside High in the Spokane area teaching physical education and coaching football, basketball and track. He produced championship teams there with a reputation for execution of fundamentals and an indefatigable will to win. This trademark followed Daryl throughout his career at Cle Elum, Anacortes, Bellevue, Shorecrest and Rodgers high schools and at Whitworth. He received Coach of the Year honors several times in the KINGCO league as well as the Northwest Conference, and NAIA Division II with Whitworth. His teams produced winning records and competed for championships, although his real success was developing good men who went on to successful lives within their communities and with their families.
He had a passion for the outdoors and lived to spend days in the woods, and in breaks of the Snake River bird hunting. He loved his bird dogs and spent many enjoyable hours training his bird dogs. He spent many great afternoons shooting skeet and trap at the Spokane Trap and Skeet Club as well as sharing afternoons with his boys throwing targets for each other.
He and Connie Jo started at Whitworth Presbyterian, and off and on through the years in Spokane attended as members of the Presbyterian Church.
A memorial service will be held at Whitworth University Presbyterian church in Spokane at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.