Gerald "Jerry" Wayne Pace Gerald "Jerry" Wayne Pace passed away on March 17, 2013, at the age of 68. Gerald was the third youngest of nine children born to Ernest and Carrie Pace of Pine Bluff, AR. His parents, his eldest son and nine siblings preceded him in death. He is survived by: his brother, James Pace, of Visalia, CA; his sister, Mary Cervantes, of Visalia, CA; his sister, Louise Richardson, of Rison, AR; his sister, Beatrice Tullus, of Cabot, AR; his son, Darin Pace, of Exeter, CA; and four grandchildren. Gerald was born in Fort Smith, AR and moved to California as a teenager. He graduated from Redwood High School in 1964. Two years later, he served his country in the Vietnam War. Gerald served a two-year tour with Army and earned four medals for his service. Gerald was married to Christine Baker from 1966 to 1988. They had two children. During this time, Gerald worked as a contractor and Fireman for the City of Visalia. He attended College of the Sequoias and obtained a degree in Fire Science. Gerald was married to Susan Hansen from 1989 until her passing in 2006. Shortly after their marriage, Gerald retired as Captain from the Visalia Fire Department and the two moved to Oregon. They spent the next ten years building a dream home on the Oregon coast. After Susan's untimely death, Gerald allocated his time with friends from Oregon to Southern California. An evening of remembrance for Gerald Pace is scheduled on April 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm, dinner will be served. Family, friends and well-wishers invite you to the Visalia Elks Lodge, 3100 W. Main Street, in Visalia, CA. Gerald will be remembered for his curiosity, generosity and outgoing personality.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Mar. 28, 2013