OBITUARY

John Martin Malia Jr.

February 17, 1937November 25, 2018
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JOHN MARTIN MALIA, JR., AGE 81, PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY ON NOVEMBER 25TH, 2018 AT RUMFORD HOSPITAL. HE WAS BORN FEBRUARY 17, 1937 IN PORTLAND MAINE TO JOHN MARTIN MALIA, SR., AND GLADYS M. (SINCLAIR) MALIA. HE WAS A 1956 GRADUATE OF PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL, AND AFTER SERVING AT FT ORD IN MONTERY, CA IN THE INFORMATION SECTOR BEGAN HIS LIFELONG CAREER IN TEACHING. GRADUATING FROM NASSON COLLEGE IN 1967, HE STARTED TEACHING BIOLOGY THAT FALL AT STEPHENS HIGH SCHOOL, RETIRING 32 YEARS LATER IN 1999 FROM MOUNTAIN VALLEY HIGH. UPON RETIREMENT "ROCKY" AND HIS WIFE JULIA RAN A SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE KIT BUSINESS. ROCKY AND JULIA CLAYTON MARRIED IN 1963 IN PORTLAND MAINE AND ENJOYED 52 YEARS TOGETHER BEFORE HER DEATH IN 2015.

HE ENJOYED RUNNING INTO FORMER STUDENTS, SOME WHICH STILL REMEMBER HIS STANDING BACK FLIP, (THAT HE MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE ACTUALLY DONE), BUT THE COMMON THEME WAS RESPECT,HUMOUR,AND FAIRNESS. HE WAS ABLE TO SEE HIS INFLUENCE IN THE MANY STUDENTS THAT CONTINUED TO PURSUE THEIR LIVES IN THE SCIENCES AND PHOTOGRAPHY. HE WAS A QUIET MAN AND A CLASS ACT; LOVED GOOD JAZZ, LATE NIGHT DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE UNIVERSE, AND A GOOD STEAK.

HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS DAUGHTER JANET A MALIA-DESCOTEAUX, SPOUSE DAVID; SON PATRICK H MALIA; SISTER CAROL A MALIA; GRANDCHILDREN DANIELLE AND JOHN DESCOTEAUX; BROTHER-IN-LAW CHARLES KIRK, SISTER-IN-LAWS SHIRLEY ANYAN AND BARBARA CLAYTON AND MANY NIECES AND NEPHEWS.

HE WAS PREDECEASED BY HIS PARENTS; WIFE JULIA; SISTER SHIRLEY M KIRK; BROTHER-IN-LAWS DON CLAYTON, JAMES CLAYTON, AND GLEN ANYAN.

If so desired contributions in John’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

  • FAMILY

  • John Martin Malia Sr., Father
  • Gladys Melvina (Sinclair) Malia, Mother
  • Julia A. (Clayton) Malia, Wife
  • Janet Descoteaux & Husband David, Daughter
  • Patrick H. Malia, Son
  • Carol Malia, Sister
  • Shirley Anyan, Sister-in-law
  • Barbara Clayton, Sister-in-law
  • Charles Kirk, Brother-in-law
  • Danielle Descoteaux, Granddaughter
  • John Descoteaux, Grandson
  • Nieces & Nephews, Many
  • Shirley Kirk, Sister
  • Don Clayton, Brother-in-law
  • James Clayton, Brother-in-law
  • Glen Anyan, Brother-in-law
  • DONATIONS

  • If so desired contributions in John’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

Services

  • A Time of Sharing & Remembering Sunday, December 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

John Martin Malia Jr.

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AnnaMarie (Viger) Cushman

December 2, 2018

I was fortunate to have Mr. Malia as my Photography and Genetics teacher. It was the first time that the high school had semester classes and I was so excited to be a part of his classes. Mr. Malia was a fun loving and gentle man who cared about his students. I have fondly remembered his classes over the years and continued with my photography after high school (graduating in 1974), studying it further in college. My condolences to Mr. Malia's family and friends for their loss of a wonderful and gentle soul.

Karen Tai Morency

December 2, 2018

Mr. Malia let me keep a tank of tropical fish for biology class, and I remember going to the fish store downtown and buying the most exotic fish, African knife fish. They died shortly after. I don't know how I talked him into caring for fish, but looking back, I see he would support whatever inspirations or mad ideas we had...freedom of self expression through science. Teaching is an art he masterfully orchestrated in each of us...cultivating confidence and trust in ourselves we didn't yet have. Condolences to the families and friends who were lucky enough to know him...Karen Tai, class of RHS 1978

Louise Jonaitis

December 2, 2018

I remember him as a wonderful teacher who was inspirational in the classroom.
A kind soul with great understanding.

Roy Briere

November 30, 2018

He was a really inspirational teacher. Almost 40 years later working
as a scientist myself, I still feel his influence. Condolences to his family;
rest assured that he lives on not only in your memories,
but in those of countless students.

Lois Leckey-Massar

November 30, 2018

When I was living in West Peru, we spent many happy hours with John and Julie. He was a wonderful person, with a sensitive spirit and gentle sense of humor. My condolences to Janet and Patrick and the whole family.

Adriane (Sam) Miele

November 30, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family. Mr. Malia was a wonderful teacher, always loved his classes. He had the patience of a saint! Rest In Peace 🙏

Barbara Mckenna

November 30, 2018

He was a great teacher. Had him for biology in high school. I remember we had a jar of critters to dissect. We had to dissect a star fish. Then we had to point out all the parts. Mine was a mess. I think he just wanted to bust up laughing! I would just point to a random piece and give it a name! Finally he said ok, that’s fine. Gave me a good grade as I recall!
Condolences to your family
Barbara Mckenna class of 76

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