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James "Jim" Patrick Geraghty

August 4, 1942February 11, 2021

On Thursday, February 11th, 2021, loving husband and father, James (Jim) Patrick Geraghty, passed away at the age of 78. Jim was born on August 4th, 1942 in Fairbury, NE to Merrill and Edna (Trotter) Geraghty.

He received his teaching degree from Arizona State University in 1964 and Masters of Education in 1978. He joined the United States Air Force in September of 1964 to August 1968. He was a radio operator stationed in Okinawa, and while there, participated on the Air Force Track & Field team where he was nicknamed “Go Go Geraghty.” In 1974, he married Loreen Ann McCue and together they resided in Arizona and raised one daughter, Patricia Kelly Geraghty.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Merrill and Edna, and brother Tom, who died in Vietnam in 1968. He is survived by his wife Loreen, daughter Trish and her partner Kristen, grandson Scott, brothers Dennis, Dan, and Mike, and sister Sandra and nephew Chris.

Jim had a passion for teaching high school and coaching track and football, which he did for 34 years. He loved history and sharing that knowledge with others and was an avid reader and book collector. He liked backyard projects including woodworking, gardening, and home repairs, and enjoyed hiking and playing tennis. He loved animals and adored his pets, although his greatest passion in life was his daughter Trish, who he was so very proud of. He always said he was looking forward to being reunited with his beloved dogs one day, and we know they welcomed him home on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to Marcos de Niza High School where he taught and coached for 30 years, or the Arizona Humane Society.

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    Thursday, February 18, 2021

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Tim & Joan McCue

February 25, 2021

Tim shares a memory at Jim and Loreen’s Wedding. Tim and Mike changed some of the spark plug wires on their car 🚘 so it would start and run very rough. They couldn’t get out of the church parking lot because it was running so bad. Loreen knew it had to be her brothers and told us to get over there and fix it. Everyone was laughing but not Mom.

Jim was a good Man. Loved his Family, Friends and his Furry Family Members. We loved all of our get together for the Holidays. Jim is gone too soon and we will miss him. Sorry that COVID kept us away from visiting. ❤️😇😢

Meribeth Johnson

February 23, 2021

Jim....I will miss you. You were a staple in my life when I was a teenager. I remember coming over to your house to hang with Trish and coming through the side door. My first stop was always to peek around the corner and say hi to you as you sat in your recliner and watched TV. You always greeted me with “Hi Lobster!” and I’ll never forget how you teased me about how horrible I would sunburn after just 10 minutes in the sun. You were always my second dad and I’ll never forget you cleaning up the blue truck so I could take it on one of my first dates with Dave. You and Loreen were so accepting of adding another daughter to your family, and I’ll always cherish the memories I have of you. I’m so thankful we got to celebrate one last birthday with you before you left us. RIP, Jim....until we meet again....

John Winters

February 21, 2021

You're one of the coaches and teachers I often think about. I always enjoyed our conversations at track meets and appreciated your advice and support.

Chuck Kinamon

February 21, 2021

Coach Geraghty was my high school freshman football coach in 1982. I liked him then, but did not realize the profound impact he would have on me til years later.
During that season, he taught me more than just X's and O's. He had a calm way of instilling confidence and providing encouragement. As I look back, he carried himself as a Christian Man. He was genuine. I especially remember his demeanor and words to our team after our only loss of the season.
I went on to play college football, serve in the Air Force for 24 years, get happily married, and be blessed with 4 kids who played college athletics. I am now an airline captain, and high school football coach. I tell you that, because when asked who has influenced me most in my life, my response has always been - "my Mom and Dad, High School Freshman Football Coach, and College Football Coach" - in that order.
Coach Geraghty set an example for me during that 82 football season that has stayed with me to this day. His influence has helped me in good times and bad, to do what is right.
Whether it's rearing my kids, or coaching other kids, a part of him is with me, and therefore passed on.
We all know, "it takes a village . . .", I am thankful that Coach Geraghty was part of my village. His influence, the confidence he instilled in me, his example, helped me become the Christian Man I am. The Husband, Father, Friend and Coach I am.
I know Coach influenced many, many, more young men and women, to go on and make positive impacts on this world.
I truly believe there is no greater gift one can give while on this earth, than to coach, teach, and mentor others . . .
Coach Geraghty gave that gift to all who knew him.
The Good Lord now has a great man, and a damn good Coach, on his sidelines in Heaven.
RIP Coach

Monica Mele-Holman

February 20, 2021

I graduated in 85 from Marcos & had Mr. Geraghty twice as my teacher. He was so awesome & memorable. When my classmates & I talk about the best teachers that we had, Mr. Geraghty was always top on the list. Many prayers for your family ❤️🙏😥

Andrea Thuringer (Balderrama)

February 20, 2021

Coach Geraghty was a great source of knowledge and inspiration out on the track to me and all of his track athletes. His ability to motivate us to reach our goals, while at the same time encouraging us to have fun, made my time participating in the sport among my most cherished high school memories.

Patrick Taylor

February 19, 2021

Great stand up man, sad for him to go.

Kristin Rose

February 19, 2021

You were always such a kind, caring, and gentle person. I know you will be truly missed by so many people. I have been blessed that our paths crossed.

Victor Sanchez

February 19, 2021

My memories of Jim was that of a wonderful person, an exemplary teacher and coach, and a great friend. I always enjoyed talking with him about how things were here in the Valley in years past. He attended Mesa High School and I attended Phoenix Union HS and we would talk about the rivalry we had in those days. He was five years younger than me and he once told me that he had seen me play football against the Jackrabbits when he was a "kid". From that day on he called me the "Old Coyote". That is how he would introduce me to students and others.
Throughout the years I run into many former students from Marcos de Niza and I always like to ask them who their favorite teachers were there. Invariably Jim's name comes up. He was a positive influence on thousands of young people and he definitely made their lives better.
I am proud and blessed to have had him as a friend .
Vaya con dios Jim.

Jen Spurge

February 19, 2021

Although I had not met Mr. Geraghty in person, he touched my life so very deeply. I have been Blessed to becoming friends with his daughter Trish, whom I love and admire more than words can say. I can only imagine how much Trish is like her dad, and I know Mr. Geraghty is Trish’s angel now. To Mrs. Geraghty, Trish, Kristen, Scott, and the whole family, I love you all. Thank you Mr. Geraghty for the wonderful memories and legacies you left for us here.

FROM THE FAMILY