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Gavin Tai Irish

October 1, 1962 — November 4, 2023

Gavin Tai Irish was called home unexpectedly to our loving Heavenly Father on November 4th ,

2023, at the age of 61. He was born October 1, 1962, in Matamata, New Zealand. Tai was

predeceased by his loving parents, Gary and Marilyn Irish. They cherished their only son and

championed his many accomplishments.


He is survived by his sister Monique, husband Stuart and their children Gabrielle, Parker and

Skyler. Tai truly cherished and loved his baby sister who always viewed her brother as her hero.

Tai’s legacy will continue to live on and burn bright through his eight loving children and their

families. His daughter Amber & her two boys Jackson and Will. His daughter Amanda &

husband Rob and their children Savannah, Claire & Joe. His son Austen & wife Aubray and their

children Azlyn, Ryan, Rhett, Jocie and Ella. His son Adam & wife Selah. His son Tyson & wife

Liana and daughter Finley. His son Andrew & wife Megan and their children Dallin, Quentin,

Emma and Lucy. His son Aaric and daughter Olivia. And his youngest son, Ashten. His kids were

a source of much pride and joy in his life. His dedication as a father is displayed through the

values he instilled in his children and grandchildren to work hard, never complain and keep

going even when times get rough.


He is survived by his former spouses Suzanne and Merriann, loving mothers to his children.

Tai was an exceptional, natural athlete. His immense strength and ability to run fast, made him

a fierce competitor on the track and football field. At one time the local newspaper named him

“the fastest man east of the Mississippi”.


Through his teens, Tai continued to excel in track and football. His local high school later

inducted him into the Marshfield High School Hall of Fame, and he earned a scholarship to BYU

in football.


In addition to being a great athlete, Tai was a gifted artist and had an amazing mind for building

and engineering. He would draw detailed battle scenes with perfectly symmetrical architecture,

a skill he learned from his father. From model airplanes, cars, and trains to building custom

homes, he was a “do-it-all” handyman, who could do anything. He was a real life “MacGyver”.

Tai spent years in construction, building and telecommunications. The telecommunications

industry took him from Spokane, Seattle, Portland, San Diego and Montana, his final resting

place. He even helped two of his sons start their careers in telecom.

Tai was also an adventure seeker who relished in the outdoors as a skilled waterman. He had a

great appreciation for God’s country. He loved the time with his kids camping, hunting, target

shooting, off-roading and enjoyed the beach. Growing up in Marshfield, Massachusetts, he

found much solace and peace on the waters and the rivers near his childhood home. He

especially enjoyed sailing with his father. He was a skilled fisherman who always caught a fish,

while others with him may not have. Childhood family outings with his parents and baby sister,

Monique, were cherished memories in his life.


Tai was a gentle giant and when he spoke, people listened. For those that knew him best, he

will have forever left a mark of adventure, laughter and enjoying life to the fullest. He is a

beloved son, father, brother, grandfather, and friend who will be greatly missed.

On Friday November 19th at 6pm an evening memorial and dinner for family and close friends

will be held at Tyson Irish’s house in Pony, MT.


A celebration of Tai’s life will take place at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

building in Three Forks, Montana on Saturday November 18th at 11am. Prior to the service a

special remembrance and prayer will be held from 10:00am to 10:45am for family and close

friends. Immediately following the funeral, there will be a luncheon at the church. Tai’s family

welcomes all who wish to pay their respects and celebrate Tai’s life to join them on this day.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Gavin Tai Irish, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Saturday, November 18, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

601 5th Avenue East, Three Forks, MT 59752

Prior to the service a special remembrance and prayer will be held from 10:00am to 10:45am for family and close friends. Immediately following the funeral, there will be a luncheon at the church. Tai’s family welcomes all who wish to pay their respects and celebrate Tai’s life to join them on this day.

On Friday November 19th at 6pm an evening memorial and dinner for family and close friends
will be held at Tyson Irish’s house in Pony, MT.

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