Jerauld George "Jerry" Jefford (1959 - 2017)

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Jerry Jefford, age 58, passed away at home surrounded by his family. He died of non-small cell lung cancer.
After three daughters, Jack and May Jefford finally had a son born on Valentine's Day. Jerry was born in the old Providence Hospital (8th Avenue and L Street). His childhood was very Tom Sawyer-ish in nature. He enjoyed teasing his sisters and loved to laugh. He graduated from West High School in 1977.
Jerry enjoyed flying remote control helicopters, riding his Harley, playing bass guitar and watching old TV series. Jerry was part of the Detroit Dawgs band, which played all over the state.
His career was Chief Finance Officer (CFO) at Once in a Blue Moose which his mom, May, founded. He attended training in Jewelry Repair at Gemological Institute of America in California. He worked for 40 years in the family business. He had hoped to visit the National Parks after he retired.
Jerry was a genuine character. He accepted everyone regardless of social status or appearance, sexual preference or race. His outlook on life was to not take it too seriously. Live and let live. His friendship was rock solid. He helped so many people through tough times. He had a sense of humor. Many of his friends have their own stories of Jerry's antics.
Jerry leaves behind his only son, Jack and daughter-in-law Takako; granddaughter, May-Sue; grandson, JJ; loving partner, Lilli Bigney; sisters, June, Carmen and Cheryl "Cher"; nephews, Scott Herndon, Brian Herndon, Jamison Fisher, Jefford Herndon and Vernon Cates; nieces, Nikki Jefford, Hilary Fisher and Chelsea Cates; and, of course, his many colorful, diverse and wonderful friends.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, 2017