Lloyd S. "Jerry" Kurtz Jr. (1934 - 2018)

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Longtime Anchorage, Alaska, resident Lloyd S. ""Jerry"" Kurtz Jr. passed away at Alaska Regional Hospital on Aug. 29, 2018, after a brief illness. He was 84. Beloved by his family, he lived a joyful and musical life.
Jerry was born on Feb. 23, 1934, to Lloyd and Mildred Kurtz in Toledo, Ohio. The family later moved to Ames, Iowa, where he attended Ames High School. After graduating from Princeton in 1956, he went on to law school at Stanford, where he served as managing editor of the Stanford Law Review.
He moved to Alaska in 1959, the first year of statehood, and became the first law clerk for the newly created Alaska Supreme Court. In the early 1960s, he joined the Anchorage law firm Burr, Boney, and Pease – now known as Burr, Pease and Kurtz - and practiced law there until his retirement in 1991. Over the years, Jerry served as a member of the board of governors and president of the Alaska Bar Association. He was also a member of the Alaska Code Revision Commission and the Uniform Law Commission. In his later years he taught classes at the University of Alaska Anchorage and did significant pro bono work for Alaska Legal Services Corporation.
An accomplished musician, Jerry played trumpet for the Ames High School marching band and the Princeton Triangle Club. In Alaska he played with many local groups, notably the Alaska Blaskapelle, the Anchorage Jazz Ensemble and a brass quintet, as well as various community bands and pit orchestras. Other favored activities included flying his beloved airplane - which he facetiously claimed enhanced his effectiveness in law practice - and enjoying Alaska's beautiful mountains, forests and waterways.
Jerry greatly enjoyed his children and grandchildren and will be missed by his wife, Gretchen Ganz; his son, Lloyd S. Kurtz III and daughter-in-law, Lillian, along with their sons, Jay and Lowell of Palo Alto, Calif.; his daughter, Kathryn Kurtz of Juneau, Alaska; his sister, Barbara Bunning and her husband, Jim of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; and nephews, Steven Bunning of Plymouth, Minn., David Bunning of Lake Forest, Ill., and Michael Bunning of Vernon Hills, Ill. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Jean Kurtz.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to non-profit organizations such as the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota, the Alaska Aviation Museum, Alaska Public Media, and Alaska Legal Services Corporation.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 9 to Sept. 10, 2018