Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and Friend
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Born on May 30, 1932, in Yakima, Wash. Jerry attended school in Naches where he graduated in 1950. A year later he joined the Air Force, where he was a photographer in Mt. Home, Idaho and Great Falls, Montana. In 1952 he married his high-school sweetheart, Maxine Dellinger. After the Air Force, they moved to Yakima and built a home in Terrace Heights. He continued in photography, working as a freelance photographer -- photographing weddings and commercial advertising. He also worked at KIMA Television covering news and photographing children on the "Uncle Jimmy Show."
In 1970, fate stepped in when he began shooting winner-circle photographs at Yakima Meadows Horse Racetrack, from which Four Footed Fotos was born. Expanding beyond Yakima, he went to Longacres in Seattle and then continued to numerous racetracks across the U.S. and in Canada. In addition, he and friend, Bill McCusker, produced a short film called "Tumbleweed ... An Odyssey" that won first prize at the New York Film Festival and an honorable mention at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France. For many years it could be seen on PBS
During their 69 years of marriage, he and Maxine enjoyed many travels around the world. In 1989 they built their dream home in Issaquah with a view overlooking Mt. Rainier, which he loved so much. They also enjoyed many days on Orcas Island at their summer home. Throughout their lives, Jerry and Maxine enjoyed boating, hiking, camping and snowmobiling with family and friends. In his 88 years, Jerry touched many people's lives with his humor and wit.
Everyone who knew him has a Jerry story to tell.
Jerry passed away peacefully at home on March 11, 2021 with his family at his side
We will hold a celebration of Life at a later time when it's safe to gather.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine; sons Greg, Kim and Doug (Karen); grandchildren Ian, Christine, Stephen and Cameron; and great grandchildren Kolby and Quinnlyn.