John Jay Iffla

March 4, 1933May 16, 2019

John Jay Iffla was born on March 4, 1933 to Clarence Hastings Iffla and Ouida Fowler in Kingston, Jamaica.

He is survived by his wife Ethel Merle Iffla; children, Michael John Iffla, Daly Maureen Iffla Richard, and Glenly Neil Iffla; his brother Julien Iffla; daughter-in-law Edna Iffla; and sons-in-law David Richard and Joshua Iffla.

He leaves behind six grandchildren, Stephanie Iffla Saenz, Michael Iffla Jr., Gabriella Richard, Hali Richard, Malena Richard, and David Richard Jr.; thirteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his father Clarence H. Iffla; mother Ouida Fowler, and his sister Vilma Iffla.

John graduated from Cabavede High School in 1953 and then studied at the University of Arts and Offices, and graduated with an education in construction in 1956. John began his career with law enforcement at the Panama Canal Zone Police Force and retired September 19, 1980. During this time, John moved his family to the United States, where he later began his employment with the Travis County Sherriff’s Department on November 13, 1980 and retired in 1995.


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Wake Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, May 22, 2019


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Karenna Iffla - Haughton

May 22, 2019

My deepest and sincere condolences during this time. As we celebrate the great and full life of John Iffla know that those who miss him deeply, I am praying for you. I pray you will have the strength you will need to hold each other up. Continue with the life John ( Husband, Dad, Grand Pa, Brother, and Friend )had in mind for you all. I promise you the day will come when you will have memories that will fill you with laughter and warmth and not so many tears. My love to you all.

Bettie & Michael Weeks

May 21, 2019

We never met John Jay Iffla but judging by his son Mike, he must have been an amazing Dad. Clearly, Mike's parents instilled caring; laughter; love and a solid moral compass in him growing up. Our hearts and prayers go out to Mike and the whole Iffla family during this period of sadness. It is our prayer that soon you will be able to remember all the happier times and great memories and they will bring healing smiles and laughter again. God's Blessings on the whole Iffla family.

Debbie and Jim Kinley

May 20, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our love and prayers are with the family.

James Johnson

May 20, 2019

I remember when I first met John. He introduced himself as John Iffla aka J.J. I told him he would have to be J.J.2 because I was the original J.J. We worked together several years at the Sheriff's Department and John was a gentle giant. Each time we met he would call me " Chamaco".

He always showed a genuine love for his family and I'm sure he'll be missed.

Rest in Heaven my friend

Charlotte Quiter

May 20, 2019

John was a gentle giant and respected and loved by many people. I live at Affinity where John and Merle have resided for a few years. I had the honor and privilege of playing poker with both of them every Friday night for several months. We had SO many laughs and good times. I will always remember John's favorite game - eight-card-no-peek, and he always chose his favorite number for the wild card - good ole number EIGHT!! I will miss John very much. Rest in peace my special friend.