By John Thatcher S.J.
Spokesman Review [Spokane, WA]
November 26, 2003

Funeral Mass for the Rev. John R. Thatcher, S.J., 87, was Monday at the Jesuit House Chapel.

Rev. Thatcher, who was born in Butte, died last Wednesday. He was a resident of Spokane for 25 years.

He entered the Society of Jesus in 1934 and began his novitiate at Sheridan, Ore.

After four years in Sheridan, he moved to Spokane and began studying philosophy at Mount St. Michael's.

Rev. Thatcher taught at Bellarmine Preparatory School from 1941 to 1944, and began his theology studies in California at Alma College in 1944.

He was ordained in 1947 and continued his studies. From 1953 to 1957 he taught at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane.

He then spent 37 years working in Jesuit parishes throughout the Northwest - first at St. Ignatius parish in Portland, then at St. Aloysius parish in Spokane, and again at St. Ignatius.

Rev. Thatcher continued his pastoral ministry at the Regis Community in Spokane until his death.


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