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Manuel ‘Manny’ Ibarra

Manny Ibarra Manny Ibarra

(Nov. 1, 1929 - Aug. 10, 2017)

Manuel “Manny” Ibarra passed on to heaven on August 10, 2017. 

Hector Manuel Ibarra Barbeitia was born on November 1, 1929, in El Fuerte, Mexico. From humble beginnings in Mexico, Manuel immigrated to the U.S. with his beloved mother and brother, Blas, in 1944 at the age of 14. They wove their way through several states working with seasonal crops, finally settling in Powell where he worked in farm operations. He proudly became a U.S. citizen in 1969.

In 1951, he married Phyllis Hernandez who he loved unconditionally throughout their 65 years of marriage. His devotion to and passion for Phyllis never wavered.

Manuel and Phyllis were blessed with eight children: Irene, Mary Ellen, Blanche, Mario, Susan, Dian, Benco, and David. Manuel’s life mission was as a provider for his children and wife. To that end, he left farming to start a long career with Marathon Oil where his sense of pride and dedication to his work enabled him to complete tasks to near perfection.

Devoted to his Catholic faith, Manuel never missed a Mass. Everyday ended with him sitting on the edge of his bed saying his nightly prayers and reading devotionals. He and Phyllis shared their strong faith with their children. 

As an avid fisherman, he was happy to bring home the largest trout he could to have a nice family dinner. His children and grandchildren remember their first fishing experiences with Grandpa who taught them to hold a worm and to cast as far as they could. He delighted in taking others to fish and in catching as many fish as possible. Manuel also enjoyed gardening, producing an abundance of vegetables he shared with many.

Manuel is survived by his wife, Phyllis; brother, Blas; his eight daughters and sons, Irene (Armando), Mary Ellen (Earl), Blanche (Steve), Mario (Troy), Susan (Mark), Dian, Benco (Sonja), David (Tracy); his grandchildren, Joshua Roehr, Kylah Bowers, Micah Roehr, Jordan, Ryne, and Tanner Ibarra, Brooks Robinson, Kelsey and Spencer Ibarra, Addi and Teal Jenkins, Sydney and Chase Ausen,  Lindsey and Jacey Ibarra; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and sisters and brothers in-law. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lupe Ibarra, his father, Blas Ibarra, and his sister Rosalva Gomez.

A Rosary was held at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church on Sunday, Aug. 13, with the Funeral Mass held on Monday, Aug. 14. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Barbara’s Catholic Church.


  • posted by Leo Puga Jr.

    August 16, 2017 11:47 am

    My condolence and prayers for the Ibarra family on the loss of Manuel. Manuel was a good friend of my mom and dad when they lived in Powell and I will always remember his hospitality and friendship when our family first moved to Powell. Blas and Manuel were friends with my dad while we lived in Powell and your mom was always able to provide rides for us kids since you lived close to our home in the Heart Mountain area. I will always remember his sense of humor and his willingness to help during hard times for our family. Manuel certainly had a loving spirit for his family and the Puga family will never forget his friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • posted by Julie Miller Skaggs

    August 15, 2017 8:46 pm

    Irene, Blanche, Mary Ellen, and family, Powell has lost one of their best citizens and he will be missed by so many. He was a kind and gentle man who cared about others, and my Dad enjoyed his visits so they could talk about anything and everything. The crops, the weather, their children, and grandchildren were usually the safe topics.
    May God bless your family as he has already blessed Manny, with all of you.


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