Dr. John Doiron Jr., formerly of Los Altos Hills, passed away in Palm Springs, CA on December 24, 2020 at the age of 90. John was born in Lawrence, MA on December 18, 1930 to John and Flora Doiron. Dad was a very accomplished student and athlete throughout his academic years. He graduated Central Catholic High School (C.C.H.S.) in 1948 where he lettered in cross country, basketball, track, and was a low hurdles champion as well as class Valedictorian. He was elected to their Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. During the summers, he fondly recalled his job as a life guard at Salisbury Beach, MA where his family still owns the same beach cottage. John was awarded academic scholarships to multiple colleges and Ivy league schools. Ultimately he chose the University of Notre Dame (ND). At ND, he ran track for a short time but chose to devote his time to finishing his pre-med requirements in 3 years. He was proud of the fact that he was one of the first students at Notre Dame to be allowed to test out of several classes and was granted early acceptance to Georgetown Medical School. After graduation he joined the Navy where he interned in Philly and CA. During this time he married our mom, Lois Deshler who was a Navy RN and subsequently started our family. Following retirement from the Navy and a residency at Jamaica Plains VA Hospital, Dad accepted a research grant from Kaiser Hospital in CA. After a few years he entered into private practice in San Jose and continued there for over 25 years. Mom (Lois), passed in 1989 and Dad later married Jean Sherman and lived in Aptos and Palm Springs. Dad enjoyed travel, tennis, art and especially the beach. Jean passed in 2018 and dad continued on in Palm Springs watching his old Westerns at full volume, lunching daily at his favorite restaurant, and rooting for his beloved Fighting Irish.
Dad and Mom engineered a 35+ year odyssey with their 6 children, navigating a wonderful and busy life between MA and Los Altos Hills. John and family were members of the St Nicholas community where he and mom supported their kids many activities and enjoyed their young grandchildren. Jean also had two daughters; Julia and Monica and 2 grandchildren that Dad welcomed as his own. He was a quiet man who loved his family and watching his children compete in sports and comically tried to keep up with all of the birthdays, and phone numbers. We happily exchanged very special pictures and stories these past few weeks and agreed that he always got a kick out of getting teased for his Boston accent and quirky habits.
Dad is preceded in death by Lois and Jean and his sister, Claire Bullington (Ed - decd). He is survived by his loving children; John, Mark, Paul, Nanette, Robbie (Fiona), Geoffrey, 8 grandchildren, 1 great grand-daughter, Jean’s family, his sister Annette Burba (Ronald) of Salem, NH and brother Wilfrid (Mary – decd.) of Issaquah, WA along with many nieces and nephews. We are all comforted knowing that he is in God's welcoming arms and he is reunited with those whom he loved and left before him. His memory will always be a reason to smile for all us.
If you would like to make a charitable donation please visit: https://www.centralcatholic.net/support-cchs/giving and add “John Doiron (48), Athletics". You may also mail a donation in his name to: Central Catholic High School, 300 Hampshire Rd Lawrence, MA 01841 C/O IA Office.
Services are pending and will likely be held in the Spring in Los Altos, CA.