First superior court judge passes away


A former judge at La Paz County Superior Court in Parker has died after a bicycle accident near Lake Tahoe, CA.

Michael Irwin, 70, was an avid bicyclist and was hit by a vehicle while training for a triathon. He was taken to hospital in Reno, NV in critical condition and subsequently passed away from his injuries.

According to California Highway Patrol, Irwin was struck by a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling the same direction as him. The SUV drifted to the right and hit Irwin with the passenger-side mirror, causing him to lose control. He was thrown from his bicycle onto the roadway, striking his head. Although he was wearing a helmet, he suffered a head injury and was unconscious when medical personnel arrived on the scene.

Current Superior Court Judge Samuel Vederman said Irwin’s death was a tragedy. “It is with profound sadness that I learned about the tragic passing of Judge Michael Irwin on June 15th,” he said. “Judge Irwin was the first superior court judge in La Paz County and he set the bar high for those that have followed in his footsteps. He was a remarkable judge who led the superior court with utmost integrity and dedication. I speak for the La Paz County court system by extending my condolences to his wife, children and entire family.”

Irwin was judge of the La Paz County Superior Court from 1983 until his retirement in 2001. In addition to his ties to the Parker area, he grew up in Yuma, AZ, enjoyed spending time in Lake Tahoe and attended Arizona State University.


  1. Angie Cerda

    Condelences to the family.

  2. Stacia Bertling

    How sad; ( ; ( ; ( ; ( ; ( ; (

  3. Angela Nez

    i am so sorry to hear this. Judge Irwin was a neat neat neat man… deepest condolences and Respect to his family and friends.

  4. Doreen Hall

    Jon Irwin, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  5. How very sad and unfortunate. Great guy…full of life and laughter. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife, children, family and friends.

  6. Larry Tunnell Sr.

    So sorry to here.he was great man.condolences to john and family

  7. Jess Cornell Murphy

    Prayers to Phyllis and the kids.

  8. I am truly saddened by the untimely passing of such a wonderful man. He was a remarkable individual and an asset to the town of Parker and La Paz County. My condolences go out to his family at this time. Maybe the citizens of our community can think of a way to pay honor to Judge Irwin’s memory.

  9. Sherry Garner

    Oh my….prayers for his Family.

  10. My heart goes out to Jon Irwin and his family. I am so sorry hear about this tragedy. Stay strong and may God bless you all. Chris Witham

  11. Pr Brookman

    So sad. Condolence to his family

  12. Jon Irwin

    Thank you , for the kind words.

  13. Lynnette Stevens

    Condolences to the family.

  14. Our condolences to Philis and family, he was a wonderful person. He was my mentor,
    and I had the greatest respect for him.

  15. Mona Reyna Duran

    Our condolences to the family. This was very sad news to hear. I remember Judge Irwin as being one of the kindest persons ever and was always professional no matter what he was doing. Definitely a great loss and will be greatly misses<3

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