Jo Ann Narbaitz

It is with extreme sadness that we share the passing of Jo Ann Narbaitz on August 23, 2015. She was 76 years-old. Jo Ann was born in Alpine, Arkansas on May 25, 1939 to Floyd and Faye Phillips.

Jo Ann graduated from Dos Palos High School in 1957. After graduation, she went to Fresno State University where she was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Jo Ann began her teaching career at Roosevelt High School in Fresno before moving to Bryant Junior High School in Dos Palos and Dos Palos High School. When Firebaugh built its high school in 1976, Jo Ann transferred to Firebaugh High School where she continued her important mission of education and community service. During her career, Jo Ann taught several subjects, including home economics, Sophomore English, physical education and served for eleven years as the Library Media Teacher. She was also the pep girl advisor for many years at Dos Palos and Firebaugh High School.

After retiring from over 40 years of teaching, Jo Ann became a School Board Member in Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District and continued her commitment to the school district. She encouraged teachers and students to be the best they could be, attended many school functions, and instilled pride into the Firebaugh School District by decorating the various school gymnasiums. When Jo Ann was not helping her beloved school district, she loved traveling with her family on trips to New York and San Francisco, on cruises in Europe, and on the Western Livestock tour. Jo Ann also enjoyed gardening, decorating and knitting. Jo Ann leaves behind her husband of 51 years, Allen Narbaitz, her daughter Dena Narbaitz, her grandchildren Madison and Nash Narbaitz, her mother Faye Phillips, and her siblings Carolyn Burkett and Tom Phillips. Jo Ann was preceded in death by her son Michael Narbaitz and her father Floyd Phillips.

In honoring the request of her family, tax-deductible donations in Jo Ann’s name can be made to the Foundation for Firebaugh Las-Deltas Schools-Music Program.

Donations can be made by check to Foundation for Firebaugh Las-Deltas Schools-Attn: Maria Calderon, 1976 Morris Kyle Dr, Firebaugh, California, 93622 or can be processed online through Paypal. To use Paypal select the donate link below.