Gerald L. (Jerry) Linstedt
Sept. 18, 1938 - May 18, 2013
Resident of Copperopolis
Jerry Linstedt, age 74, passed away peacefully at his home in Copperopolis, CA, two months after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
Jerry was born in Turlock, CA. He graduated from Gilroy High School in 1956 and from UCLA in 1960. He entered the US Navy in 1960 and achieved the rank of Commander before being retired in 1981. He was a Navy Cryptologist and during his career made significant contributions to the U.S Intelligence Community. He was a recognized authority on computer systems. The Navy recognized his skills and early in his career ordered him to The American University where he earned an MS degree in Computer and Information Systems. His assignments with the Naval Security Group took him on tours to Japan, Germany, Cyprus, Spain, and Ft George G Meade, Md.
Following his Naval career Jerry worked for GTE Government Systems in Mountain View. He retired, after 18 successful years in industry, from Lockheed Martin as the Vice President of Mission Ground Systems, San Jose, CA.
Jerry had a passion for golf. He was a member of the Saratoga Country Club for 15 years where he had his first hole-in-one. After joining Saddle Creek Golf Club in 2000 he added 3 more holes-in-one to his record. Significant highlights of his golfing hobby included playing at St. Andrews, (Scotland), Pebble Beach, and caddying for Fred Couples at the Mercedes Open on Maui's Kapalua Plantation Course.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Wanda and Daniel H Linstedt of Santa Cruz, CA and brother Walter of Pasadena. He is survived by his three children and their families, including eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Rhondda Bradbury of Santa Cruz.
He will be interred at San Joaquin National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA with full military honors.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 28, 2013