Gerald, better known as "Jerry" or "Jer-Bear", passed away peacefully on Superbowl Sunday after a fall at his home and complications from surgery. He had been living in Vancouver, WA with his soul mate and new bride, Maria who were married on 12-12-12.
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Jer-Bear lived his short life to the fullest. He loved his family and friends unconditionally. After graduating from Seward High he became a commercial fisherman, travelling all over the state of Alaska. Among his many odd jobs as a dishwasher and a cook, he also worked at the Wesleyan Nursing Home where all his co-workers, residents, and patients fell in love with him.
Anyone and everyone who knew Jer-Bear knew his passion and convictions were MUSIC. He would sit for days at a time playing, writing, and listening to all types of music.
He was blessed to be a part of the band "Kindred". Tim, Ellen, and Jerry made beautiful music together. They recorded two CD's together - LOVE - HUCKLEBERRY PIE - many of the lyrics written by Jerry.
Influenced by all music and musicians that crossed his path, he considered himself lucky to have played with incredible musicians from all over the state including "LuLu Small" and "Hobo Jim" along with many local musicians.
This "shy" small town boy became a wonderful human being impacting anyone and everyone he met in a very positive way.
He is survived by his beautiful wife Maria; older brother Mike Washburn; older sister and brother-in-law Kris and Cory Harris; younger sister and brother-in-law Glenda and Daric Christian; sister-in-law, Sherry Cruse and many nieces and nephews: Keana Cruse, Tyler Washburn, Mitch Harris, Tony Harris, Devin Christian and Aiden Christian. Family had many definitions for my brother so I want all of you to know that you are not forgotten, always remembered!!
Jer-Bear was preceded in death by his parents Glen and Nancy Washburn as well as his brother Robbie.
On Saturday, May 25th Jer-Bears family would like to invite any and all that knew him and the rest of our family members that we have lost to a celebration of life with music, food and stories to the Branson Pavilion on the beach. Be prepared to share a story, share a song, and watch a slideshow prepared by his family and friends!!!
Published in adn.com from Mar. 10 to Mar. 11, 2013