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Gerald Burdette Dennon


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Gerald Burdette Dennon

Jerry passed away January 30, 2017 at his home on Bainbridge Island. He was born September 18, 1938 to E. (Bud) Burdette Dennon and W. Elaine Looney and was raised in Cannon Beach, OR. He graduated from Seaside High School in 1955 where he was active in Sports Journalism, was the Student Body President and hosted the school's weekly radio program on KAST Radio in Astoria, OR.

Jerry went on to attend Linfield College and Northwest Broadcasting School. He worked at KOIN-TV and TV Guide before moving to Hollywood, CA to pursue a career in record promotion. However, soon after he was drafted into the Army Reserves.

In 1962 he married Anne Vining, his wife of 54 years. They lived in Bellevue with their two children until moving to Bainbridge Island in 1978.

In 1963 he started Jerden Records which produced The Kingsmen of Louie Louie fame, The Sonics, Don & The Goodtimes, Springfield Rifle, Ian Whitcomb and many more. He was a major influence in the Northwest music scene and was honored with three gold records and two Clio awards. Soundworks, the parent company, is still run today by his partner Bob Wikstrom.

Jerry had many other endeavors over the years; Concert Promotion, started Pacific Ocean Farms in Rich Passage on Bainbridge Island, Media Brokerage as well as radio station ownership. He served on the board of Poncho, was President of the American Salmon Growers Assoc., on the Vestry at St. Barnabas Church and a member of Wing Point Golf & Country Club.

Jerry's family was his true love along with their Labrador Retrievers. Work was always his hobby.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Elizabeth Dennon Kaltreider and his brother James of Seaside. He is survived by his wife Anne, son Daniel (Vika) of Bainbridge, brother Jack (Jeani) of Seaside; and grandchildren Jack Kaltreider, Karina, Darya and Yuriy Dennon.

Arrangements are through Cook Family Funeral Home. A private family service is planned. Remembrances may be made to the Elijah Fund at St. Barnabas Church.

1187 Wyatt Way, B.I., WA 98110.
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 19, 2017
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