Jerome (Jerry) Arthur Warner, 76, – Loving Husband, Father, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, Uncle and many other titles is and always will be our Rock of Gibraltar. You will be very much missed but never forgotten, and will be in our hearts and minds until we meet again. Longtime resident of Las Cruces entered eternal life unexpectedly Friday, June 20, 2014 at Mountain View Regional Medical Center. He was born March 19, 1938 in St. Louis, MO to Jerome E. and Viola E. Warner. Jerry lived and traveled from coast to coast with his family in the early years. Jerry graduated from Las Cruces Union High School in May 1955 and briefly attended New Mexico A&M (NMSU). He started employment at White Sands Proving Ground in June 1955 as a temporary Clerk Typist, and became a career employee in 1957. This same year, on June 23, he married Deanna Marie Martens in the "old" St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Thereafter, Jerome was drafted into the Army and served at Fort Campbell, KY from 1961 – 1962 as a Still Photographer and Lab Technician. He returned to White Sands as a Film Editor from 1963-1976, then transferred to Fort Benning, GA Educational Television Facility as Supervisor, Producer/Director from 1976 – 1979. He returned to WSMR in 1979, where he remained until his retirement as an Audiovisual Production Officer, Producer/Director in the Motion Picture/Television Department of the Army programs. Here he provided film documentation and editorial services for all the armed forces and organizations at WSMR and nationwide. WSMR Audiovisual Division was one of the select few providing completed motion picture productions from their inception through their release for the Department of the Army Training and Documentary division. Jerry retired in August, 1988 as an Audiovisual Production Officer GS-13. After retiring, it allowed Jerry and Deanna to travel, camp and to fish throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico enjoying the peaceful outdoors and eventually attaining his goal of visiting all 50 states. In addition, he loved keeping up with technology and computers, utilizing numerous hours researching the family's genealogy, documenting and storing of old pictures, playing poker, Facebooking and Skyping with the family and loved ones, and re-building them whenever problems occurred. Jerry Warner was preceded in death but will be joining them in the heavens, by Jerome E. and Viola E. Warner (Parents), Geraldine Wright and Viola May Johnson(Sisters), Ernest W. and Marie H. Martens II (In Laws), Bruce Martens, Charles Hawkins, and Delbert Smith (Brothers in Law), and Lucille Martens (Sister in Law), Ernest W. Martens IV (Nephew). He is remembered and survived by his loving wife and spouse Deanna Marie Warner (Martens) of 57 years (minus 3 days but we are calling that a wash) and their children, Matthew Eric Warner (Dawn) all of Las Cruces, and daughter, Dawn Elizabeth Warner, of Fishers, IN. Jerry is also survived by his grand-daughter, Tesslla Anne Warner-Covey (Chase) of Noblesville, IN and their loving daughter, Kaylee Brooke Covey, which was Jerry's pride and joy and his first great grand-daughter, as well as his grand-son James Martinez of Las Cruces. Other survivors include, George T. Wright, T or C, Ernest W. Martens III, El Paso, TX, Carl & Charlotte Martens, Marie E. Hawkins, Virginia & Dodds Cupit, Las Cruces, Rose Anne Smith, Salem, NM, all Brothers in Law, and Sister in Laws, and a multitude of nieces, nephews and cousins. Jerome A. Warner has requested to be cremated and a private family service will be held at a later date. The family request that in lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions to be made to the
PO Box 841125 Dallas, TX 75284-1125 or the
National Office 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home 1410 E. Bowman Ave, Las Cruces NM 88001. To sign the local online guest book visit www.GetzCares.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on July 8, 2014