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Gerald Arthur Minturn

1933 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Gerald Arthur Minturn Obituary
Gerald Arthur Minturn
October 5, 1933-July 26, 2014
Resident of Santa Cruz
Gerald Arthur Minturn, 80, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family at home in Santa Cruz, CA.
Jerry was born in Cortland, NY on October 5, 1933 to Luella and Charles Minturn. He was raised in Genoa, NY and lived his life in various parts of the country including Upstate New York, Silicon Valley, South Florida, North East Pennsylvania, and, for the last 8 years of his life, in Santa Cruz, CA.
Jerry served in the United States Marine Corps and was a Veteran of the Korean War. He graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He received a Master of Science in Advanced Technology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He later returned to SUNY Binghamton as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science. After 28 dedicated years of work at IBM, Jerry relocated to Silicon Valley to join a good friend's start-up company Cooper & Chyan Technology, where he was vice president until his retirement.
Jerry's passion for life and zest for living kept his body in motion and his spirits high – never letting his illness slow him down, and giving us all a lesson in strength. He was an avid golfer, theater lover, world traveler (most especially to London), reader, foodie, wine connoisseur, film aficionado and technology buff. He loved going for long walks. He was a devoted family man who spent endless hours researching and documenting his family genealogy. He extended his interest in genealogy to a volunteer project at the Santa Cruz Public Library.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 29 years Nancy Minturn as well as his sister Rosalie Ward and brother Charles Minturn; his daughter, Lucy Minturn; his step-daughter, Suzanne Gray; his step-son, Lance Gray; his step-daughter, Allison Gray; 5 grandchildren; and his beloved pets Bear, Chloe, and George. He will always be remembered for his wit, sense of humor, wisdom, kind heart, and generous spirit.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Stanford Cancer Institute (


Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Aug. 3, 2014
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