SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth University mourns the recent passing of a pair of Pirate icons. Former football player and head football coach Daryl Squires passed away on May 31st. His wife, Connie Jo Squires, a former Whitworth cheerleader and longtime Pirate supporter, followed into her own eternal rest on June 25th.
Daryl Squires was a captain and two-way starter for one of the greatest football eras in Pirate history. He was part of consecutive unbeaten seasons in 1954 (8-0) and 1955 (9-0) and the longest winning streak in Whitworth football history – 20 games that spanned from the final contest of 1953 until the third game of 1956.
Following graduation from Whitworth in 1957, Squire embarked on a career in education through teaching and coaching, beginning at Riverside High School just north of Spokane. His career continued through stops in Cle Elum, Anacortes and Bellevue. Squires returned to Whitworth as head football coach in the fall of 1977. He coached four seasons and posted a record of 12-23-1. Squires went back to high school teaching and coaching at Shorecrest High School in 1981 before returning to Spokane to finish out his career at Rogers High School in 1982, where he retired in 1993.
|Darryl and Connie Jo at home in on-campus married housing, circa 1956|
Daryl came out of retirement to coach Whitworth's team again in 1994 on an interim basis after previous head coach Shorty Bennett resigned just prior to the start of the season. The Pirates finished 4-5 that year and picked up a huge upset when they knocked off nationally-ranked, Jon Kitna-led Central Washington 44-36 in Ellensburg.
Daryl and Connie Jo married in 1955 while both were still students at Whitworth. They remained married for 64 years and had three sons – Stephen, Chad and Scott.
Following graduation from Whitworth, Connie Jo went into teaching – often serving at the same school Daryl was coaching. She went on to earn a Master's degree in Psychology and eventually became a school psychologist for District 81 and taught as an adjunct professor for her alma mater. In 1995 she was recognized as the Washington State School Psychologist of the Year.
Daryl and Connie Jo remained active supporters of Whitworth through membership in, and leadership of, the Crimson Club.
A memorial service for Daryl and Connie Jo Squires will take place at Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church on August 3rd at 2:00 pm.