John Richard Ireland was born on June 25, 1951, in Hereford, Texas, and passed away on July 30, 2021. As a child, he moved to Moriarty, N.M. In Moriarty, he met his wife of 51 years, Judy.
After attending New Mexico State University and University of California Berkeley, John relocated to Los Alamos, N.M., with Judy and their children Travis and Shannon. The family later welcomed daughter Jamie.
John had a distinguished 35-year career as a nuclear engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he held multiple positions and worked on many mission-critical projects.
John is survived by his wife, Judy Ireland, son Travis R. Ireland (Melissa R. Ireland), daughter Shannon Ireland, grandsons Jacob C. Ireland and Brett R. Ireland, sisters Sylvia Latham (Dennis Latham), Deanne Ireland (Jeff Wieland), Polly Wright (Nick Wright), brother Scott Ireland, and brother-in-law Bobby Shipman.
John was preceded in death by his daughter Jamie L. Ireland, mother Patsy Ireland, and father Richard Ireland.
Per his wishes, John will be buried in his favorite place, Creede, Colo.
Services will be held at the Creede Community Cemetery on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, at 11 a.m.