Johnny
Ibarra, Johnny Miguel A 25 year resident of the South Bay, Johnny passed away on Friday, September 12, 2008, after an accident at his home in Torrance. Johnny was 49 when he died. Born in the Philippines, he grew up in Hawaii and attended the University of Hawaii. Johnny worked as an engineer for Boeing Satellite Systems, formerly Hughes Aircraft, for 25 years. For over 15 years, Johnny was a supporter of youth sports in the South Bay and coached area youth teams in basketball, baseball and soccer. Johnny was loved by everyone who knew him and loved everyone in return. He was always the first one to help his friends and family in every way he could. Johnny enjoyed traveling and lived life to the fullest every day, taking pride in everything that he undertook. His passions included fine wine, good meals and an occasional cigar. John was a devoted husband, father, son and friend. John is survived by his loving wife, Vivian Ibarra of Torrance, CA; parents Damiana and Toribio Ibarra of HI; son, Michael Ibarra of Torrance, CA; daughter, Kelly Ibarra of Torrance, CA; daughter, Kimberly (Rick) Valdez of Torrance, CA; son, Tim Spiglanin of Torrance, CA; brother, Alex (Glennia) Ibarra of HI; sister, Merle Sildora of HI; brother, Marcos (Naty) Ibarra of HI; sister, Elvie Sadorra of HI; and Renee Nance of OR, mother of Michael and Kelly. He was preceded in death by sister, Josephine Inez of HI; brother-in-law, Virginio Sildora of HI; and brother-in-law, Teddy Sadorra of HI. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Friday, September 19, from 5 to 9pm, with a Vigil beginning at 7pm. A Memorial to celebrate Johnny's life will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Redondo Beach on Saturday, September 20, at 10am, followed by a Reception at the Church. Burial will be private at Pacific Crest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to the John Ibarra Basketball Memorial Scholarship in care of South High School Torrance, 4801 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA 90505.

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  1. I had known John for many years through all of his dealings with COM DEV. He always had a friendly “hello” and will be truly missed. My condolences are with you at this very difficult time.

  2. I have had the privilege to work with John for many years. I will miss his positive attitude and smile. My sincere condolences.

  3. I have known John for many years and he has many friends here at COM DEV. I will miss his always smiling face and my deepest sympathies are with his family at this very sad time.

  4. We are so sad to hear of Coach John’s passing, he was way too young. Our hearts go out to you and your family. He was a wonderful coach to our daughter in the summer, so patient and kind. He will be missed, god bless, the Mochizuki’s

  5. I am so sorry to hear about Johnny’s passing. He was one of the dads who was always out there, on the field or court side. His contributions to all those children will always be valued, and he will be missed by all he touched.

  6. We are so sorry to hear the loss of Coach John. There will truly be a void in the South Bay girl’s basketball community. Coach John taught our Jr. Lady Spartan girls strength, perserverance and tremendous skill. We will miss his smile and above all we will miss seeing him at the South girl’s basketball games. Our sincerest condolences go to his son, daughter, Vivian and the rest of his family.

  7. We would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the Ibarra family, as we will not be able to attend the services this weekend. We are one of many, who are so thankful for his dedication to the Jr. Lady Spartans and to the SHS Girls basketball program. John attended as many basketball games (near and far) as he could, even after Kelly graduated…his support truly meant a lot.

  8. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Johnny’s passing. I worked with Johnny in the 80’s and was impressed with his abilities and great attitude. I hadn’t seen him for a few years then ran into him at work again and was greated by name with the same warmth as always. My thoughts and prayers to those he left behind.

  9. Vivian, Michael and Kelly, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss€our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. South High Women€™s Basketball, GEO, EBC and Jr. Lady Spartans were lucky to have John as a fan and a coach. John coached with positive encouragement and we are thankful for him teaching our girls. John€™s efforts never went unnoticed when coaching or coming to games after Kelly graduated, so thank you for sharing John with us!

  10. Dear Vivian and Family, May God bless you and your family during this time and always. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Osipov Family

  11. Vivian & Family, my prayers go out to you and your family during this sad time. I wish you and your family the best.

  12. I am very sad to hear about your lost! You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take Care La Toya Moore

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. John was such a Loving, passionate, and positive coach, who would always greet us with a smile. His time, energy, and Love given to our Daughter and the rest of the Jr Lady Spartan and EBC girls, will never be forgotten. We are truly blessed and privileged to have known him and cherish our memories within our hearts. We extend our deepest condolences to Vivian, and the entire Ibarra family.

  14. Vivian and family: Find comfort in your Faith and loving memories. Know that your are blessed with loving friends and family. Words at this time are inadequate; therefore, you are in our prayers that the Holy Spirit will comfort you. In the Love of Christ, Rebecca and Frank Bostrom

  15. We were shocked and very sadden to hear of braddah Johnny’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to the entire IBARRA Family. We will honor and celebrate his life here on the islands, as we are not able to attend the services. Mahalo Johnny for your kindness and the memories our families has shared through the many years.

  16. Michael, Kelly & Family, Our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. Our Thoughts and Prayers, Erin & Sachi Tsukimoto

  17. Dear Vivian, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that happy memories of Johnny bring you comfort in the days ahead. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Carol

  18. Michael, Kelly- We are very sad to hear the passing of Manong John. With the Cabigas Family,Lamarca Family, and The Woodards’ we will honor and celebrate his life on the islands, as we are not able to attend as well. K kkou mau mana€˜o a me mau pule i ka €˜Ohana Ibarra pau (Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Ibarra Family)

  19. Vivian & family . . . My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You and your family are in my prayers. God bless . . .

  20. Dear Vivian, I am so sad to hear of your loss. Please know how much we all care for you and support you through this difficult time. Love, Genie Lewis

  21. Dearest Vivian, Michael and Kelly, Our thoughts, prayers and deepest symphaty go out to you. The amount of grief goes beyond what words can express for the loss of our dear friend John. May God take you in His arms for He knows the dept of your grief and only He can give you peace.

  22. Dearest Vivian, Michael and Kelly, Our deepest symphathy, thoughts and prayers go out to you always. The amount of grief goes beyond what words can express for the loss of our extraordinary dear friend John. He will absolutely be missed. May God take you in His arms and comfort you at this time of sorrow. He knows the dept of your grief and only He can give you peace. Aloha and God Bless

  23. Dear Family, May I extend my deepest sympathy to you for your loss. May you know God’s comfort during this difficult time. Although I haven’t seen Johnny for a few years, I’ve known him for many more (since the ’80s). I worked with him at Hughes and will always remember him as an extremely talented engineer. At work, he was always the professional. At the occasional social event he was always warm, accepting, and fun loving. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. -Dick

  24. Dear Mrs. Ibarra and the family, We were very much saddened to hear about Coach John. Our daughter Erica who is now a senior attending a high school in Panama had the priveledge of being part of Coach John’s Junior Lady Spartans program four years ago. It was our greatest honor to have known John through basketball. We have always admired his dedication and enthusiasm. He has taught all of us so many valuable lessons in life. After a long day at work, he would hurrily get over to the gym, rain or shine, and be there for our girls with no expectation of anything in return. He would put his heart and soul into teaching them the love of basketball. If I remember correctly, Erica was the most yelled at person in the court by Coach John. Yet, Erica always had the greatest admiration and respect for him. She very much enjoyed sitting right next to him at the bench. She is now the captain of her basketball team and earned many MVPs. We often talked about Coach John even after the program ended. Erica has carried on all of Coach John’s trainings and uses it everyday in court. Coach John, if you are listening somewhere, I am sure you are smiling and proud to see the seed you planted in her is growing ever-so-strong and shaping her character as she matures. Your legacy continues within all of us. You are greatly missed by all of us. Thank you so much for all that you gave. Our family wishes to extend our deepest sympathy to you. With love, Hiro, Mikki, Erica and Aaron Mutoh

  25. Vivian,Mere words cannot express how extremely remorseful I am about your loss.From where I was standing;I saw the light,the happiness,the love,joy and nurturing that John brought into your life.I pray that the Lord continues to strengthen & comfort you,Micheal& Kelly. Kim & Tim as well. ~Socorro

  26. Vivian and family, I just want to express my sincere sympathy to all of you. John was a wonderful man. I didn’t realize just how many lives he touched in a short time. There are not enough people like him in this world. We are so grateful for having the pleasure of knowing him, not only as Kelsie’s first club basketball coach, but as a person. He always told me that Kelsie had potential in basketball and he just wanted to make sure he helped her learn the fundamentals of the game to help her become a confident athlete. He certainly did that in more ways than one. I really got to know him well when I helped him for 2 1/2 years with the Jr.Lady Spartans. I remember seeing him trying to do all of the organizing on top of coaching 30 girls. I felt so bad that I decided to approach him and offer my help. He took me up on my offer and it wasn’t long before I met with him and Coach Jesse at our first Jr.Lady Spartans Booster Club Meeting and I was nominated to be the President of the new booster club. Of course, I was the ONLY member of the booster club. I was happy to do it because I knew it was for the girls and that’s what John was all about and I was happy to be a part of that. He gave so many young girls so much and never asked for anything in return. Coaching was his passion which you could see in him at every practice and every game. He will be missed by all of us. I know your family is wondering why, why him? I remember what I was once told by a dear friend….. “Heaven needs angels too and now they have one!” Best wishes to all of you, Brenda, Bryan, Kelsie, Melissa, Danny, and Ben Sampson

  27. Vivian, Mikey, Kel, Tim, & Kim: Mikey & Kel, you have both been such blessings in our lives and you became part of our ohana the moment you both were born. You can always count on us to always be there for you. We know Johnny would have done the same for us with our Jamie & Kyle. You both must go on with living your life to the fullest and make your Dad proud. Vivian, the moment John shared you with us, we knew you were the love of his life. Johnny experienced a lifetime of love, laughter, and joy in the short time you both shared together. He left you with wonderful memories. And we are so happy that he brought you into our lives too. Tim & Kim, I know you both feel like you lost so much when John left this earth. He had become an instant confidant, buddy, and teacher to you and I could tell that you both adored and loved him. I know it made Johnny so happy that you both accepted him so readily into your lives. It€™s hard to accept that Johnny is gone as I can still hear his laughter and see his smiling face. We miss him dearly but know in our hearts that he will be one of those angels waiting to greet us when it is our turn to leave this earth. He is with us always in spirit. All our love & Aloha Glory, Mark, Kyle & Jamie

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