Jerry H. Craft
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February 1935 ~ June 2014
Jerry H. Craft, 79, of Turlock, CA passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 2, 2014 at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto after falling at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne of 59 years; his children Jeriann Hook of Sacramento, CA; Jill Hunt (Bryan) of Turlock CA and Jeff Craft (Sonny) of Turlock, CA; sisters Jane Wilson (Hugh) of Monteview, ID, Judy Hoot of Modesto, CA; brothers-in-law Jim Connick of Galt, CA and Don Connick (Carmel) of Alta Loma, CA. He also had 8 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Jerry was born in Kenton, Tennessee and came to California at the age of 7 when his father was transferred with the military. Jerry joined the Air Force at age 17 and spent 10 years in service; later working at Tracy Defense for 10 years to complete his 20 years with the federal government. He also spent 20 years in sales with AAA Insurance Co. When he retired he moved to Sonora to be near his old camping areas which he loved. There he worked part-time at Walmart as a greeter so he could fulfill another love of being around people. His greatest passion was taking pictures. Jerry attended NY School of Photography and worked 9 years as a professional photographer. He has always been anxious to show off his many photos.
Jerry led a very full life which he shared with his family. Playing with great-grandchildren was another great love of his and always his first choice of activities.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014 promptly from 12:30-12:45p.m. at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery at 32053 W. McCabe Rd. Santa Nella, CA 95322. A reception celebrating his life will be held at his grandson's home.
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Published in the Modesto Bee on June 8, 2014
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