James "Jim" M. Irwin Jr.

September 16, 1938May 3, 2021

Mr. James “Jim” M. Irwin Jr. was born September 16, 1938 in Pitcairn, PA. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B. S. Degree in Petroleum Engineering. He was awarded the Socony-Mobil scholarship, was a member of Sigma Tau, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, and the wrestling team. Jim worked for 49 years in the petroleum and aerospace industries, the Texas Railroad Commission, and the Texas General Land Office. He was involved with work on the Gemini Spacecraft and the test launch of the USAF Minuteman III ICBM at Cape Kennedy, FL. Jim served on the board of Comal County CASA, ARCO Oil & Gas Co. CAP Committee, and the Tesoro Petroleum Credit Union Board. He was a member of the ARCO Dallas Area Speaker’s Bureau presenting arguments for U.S. energy independence in the early 1980’s. Jim became a United States Marine in 1961 and earned the distinction of Platoon Honor Man, Battalion Honor Man, Leatherneck Dress Blues Award, Battalion Pugal Stick Champion, Expert Rifle Marksman, and was awarded the American Spirit of Honor Medal.

In 1999, Jim joined Kairos International Prison Ministry and volunteered for 18 years where he was blessed to share the love of Christ in 5 Texas prisons with nearly 1,000 men. He served the Kairos of Texas chapter as vice chair and later as chair. Donna baked thousands of cookies for the ministry and always sent him with blessings and support. Over the years, Jim mentored many “sons” of different ages, sizes and colors whom he dearly loved. His favorite Bible verse was II Timothy 2:2.

In 2014, Jim and Donna joined The Foundry United Methodist Church where he piloted the Ambassadors of Compassion program in the Cy-Fair school system. In 2019, Jim was awarded the CFISD Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award. He loved and valued his pastors, his church, his choir, and all the Saints serving there who continued to inspire him to press on to the mark of his upward call. He was blessed to be baptized in the Jordan River near where his savior was baptized.

His only regret was that he did not to have more time to spend with his precious grandchildren and his son, daughters, and spouse. He sought to express John 3:16 by his life as a witness of encouragement for his children and grandchildren. He looked forward to meeting the Lord Jesus face to face for a moment in eternity to thank Him for the Calvary and hear “well done, good and faithful servant”.


  • Visitation

    Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Monday, May 10, 2021


James "Jim" M. Irwin Jr.

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A. Richard Boehm

May 9, 2021

Jim and I had lunch together in Tomball, TX. approximately 2+ years
ago and was great to see him once again. We were in the same Marine platoon in boot camp back yonder in 1961.
He was a leader & encourager and that's why he is well remember, by all who came in contact with him.

I applaud him for his volunteer work with Cy-Fairbanks schools and the Kairos Intl. Prison Ministry where he shared his faith with
inmates for several years. His favorite Bible verse was 2 Tim. 2:2
and I like it too. He is in Paradise with the Lord Jesus!

Condolences to Donna and the family. All our love,
Richard & Lynda Boehm

Robyn Gere

May 9, 2021

To the Irwin family
I just want to start out saying how sorry I am for the loss of Jim Irwin. I really never had the pleasure of meeting him, but if he was anything like his daughter, Traci and son Jim he had to be a good man. I know Traci worshiped him like any daughter should of their father. He brought her into this world and raised her to be the wonderful woman she is today. She has watched him throughout the years and traveled from Austin to Houston to take care of him. He is now in a better place and with a bunch of angels. I forgot to mention I am a close friend and neighbor of Traci. I have heard the wonderful stories and have been with her while she was going through the pain watching her dad prepare to meet Jesus. Now she can step back and know he is out of pain and is in good hands. He will always be by your side, Traci. Once again, my condolences to Donna and the Irwin family.

James (Jim) Strother

May 6, 2021

I recall your spirit in boot camp at MCRD-SD as always taking a leadership position. I would say that most looked to you as an example of what being a Marine was all about. The Marines claim to guard the streets of gold in heaven, we'll meet again I pray. SEMPER FI, MARINE.

Roger Dickson

May 6, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with Donna and the Irwin family during this difficult time. It was an honor to have known Jim and also to have served with him in the Corps. I know he will be guarding the Streets of Heaven with our fellow Marines. God bless you my friend and Semper Fidelis until we meet again.

Blake Coleman

May 6, 2021

My favorite memory with Jim is sitting back with some fresh pastries that Donna had made in their home just listening. Listening to any story he wanted to share. Listening to the love he had for Jesus, his family and the countless people he had compassion for. Listening to him like I wish I could listen to my grandpa. The stories he had are becoming more rare to hear about as we get deeper into the 21st century and I truly valued just listening and picturing as he shared a memory/story that was impactful from his life. We all know he couldn't wait to be with Jesus but torn because he didn't want to leave his family. I was just a random guy who saw Jim and welcomed him striking up a conversation with me and boy am I glad he did. Thank you, Jim. I'll miss you, my friend.

Jean Douglass

May 6, 2021

Jim was a good man and great friend. My husband Wiley (who went to be with his Lord in 2018) adored Jim and loved his visits.
Rest in Peace Jim.