Jerry G. Holmes
September 12, 1934 ~ August 6, 2014
Jerry G. Holmes, loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather and friend to many passed August 6, 2014, after a long battle with heart disease. He was 79 years old. Jerry and Mary, his wife of 59 years, have lived in Boise, ID for the past 11 years. They met in the 6th grade and were high school sweethearts at San Rafael (CA) High School. They resided in Marinwood, CA for 33 years, where they raised their family.
Jerry always brought his unique sense of humor and charm to any situation. His illness never kept him from doing what he loved with Mary and friends, whether it was towing his trailer to Alaska or spending the month of March in Scottsdale for the last 30 years watching his beloved San Francisco Giants. He and Mary were SF Giant and 49er season ticket holders for many years and he was a friend and a gentleman to all whom he met. He could discuss sports or just about anything with anyone at any time and when one would walk away, they would feel cheerful, knowing they had made a new friend. He had a twinkle in his eye, usually a toothpick in his mouth and a clever way with words that kept us in stitches until the end. Jerry didn't sit back to ponder life or let it pass him by. Instead, he was usually in a group of people telling a joke or a story to the delight of all who listened. He was the youngest of 7 children and the first of his family to graduate from college. He passed his love of learning onto his children and grandchildren. He had a 40-year career with Metropolitan Life Insurance Co, finishing up as an administrator in San Francisco.
Jerry was always there with a helping hand when needed by friends and family. He did taxes, fixed washing machines, took care of stray animals and held anyone's baby like it was his own. He was the most loving grandfather a child could hope for, attending countless games and activities and always offering encouraging words.
Jerry is survived by: his wife, Mary, his sons, Russell and Michael (Cindy) and his daughter, Julie Drews (Kevin). He will be missed by his beloved grandchildren: Cameron, Tyler and Erik Drews, and Emily Holmes. There are countless nephews, nieces, and their families who will have many fond memories of large family gatherings spent with Jerry, his amazing BBQ skills, his contagious humor and everlasting love.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the staff at Riverview Rehabilitation in Boise, ID, where Jerry spent the last months of his life. Every professional Jerry encountered at Riverview treated him with professionalism, dignity and compassion and Jerry responded with nothing but gratitude and humor regardless of his level of discomfort, which is how he lived his life.
The family would like to invite anyone who knew Jerry to his Celebration of Life on Sept. 13, 2014 at the Spring Creek Clubhouse on S. Millspur Way in Harris Ranch in Boise at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Boise chapter of The
or The San Francisco Junior Giants, in Jerry's name.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Jerry's memorial webpage at www.summersfuneral.com.
Summers Funeral Home - Boise Chapel
1205 West Bannock Street Boise, ID 83702
Published in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 10, 2014