Jerry Dale Putman was born May 12, 1934 to Mable and Harvey Putman in Comanche, Okla. He died peacefully on March 12, 2014, after receiving wonderful care at Azura Memory Care Center surrounded by his loving family.
He attended schools in Fullerton, Calif. He joined the army in 1953, serving in the 10th Special Forces in Bad Tolz, Germany until 1956.
He married La Vonne Foss in 1954 and they remained married for 59 years until his death. He graduated summa cum laude from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
He spent 39 years in law-enforcement, 22 years as police Chief in Aurora, Colo. (1970-1978), Bloomington, Minn. (1978-1987) and Hemet, Calif. (1987-1992). He then served in the United States Marshalls Service (1992-1994). He retired in Monument, Colo., enjoying the mountains, friends and family.
He is survived by his wife La Vonne, of Monument, Colo.; his children Steven Putman of St. Croix Falls, Wis., Keith Putman (Denise) of Denver, Colo., Jim Putman (Lisa) of Clarksville, Tenn. and Susan Turner (Matthew) of Monument, Colo.; by his grandchildren Jackie Putman (Johnny Rathbun), Christine Putman (Brant Landers), Jason Putman, Michael Putman, Quinn Turner, Ian Turner and his great-granddaughter Louise Landers.
Celebration of his life will be held at the Monument Hill Country Club from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Saturday, March 22. A formal memorial service will be held at a later date.
Published in The Gazette on Mar. 19, 2014