At 2351 on 10 January 2014, Gerald Steven Lemarr, took his final breath in this human life; he fought the good fight with lung cancer since October of 2013.
He was born on June 21, 1946 in Manhattan, Kansas to Carl L. & Clarabelle E. Lemarr and known to friends as "Jerry" and to grandchildren as "Pipa." Jerry was drafted to Vietnam and served for several years. The time in "Nam" shaped Jerry tremendously. Jerry was a man's man and demonstrated that by seeing a 42- year commitment to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, from which he retired in 2006.
Jerry was married to Janice for 28 years and cared for her beautifully as she too put up a good fight with breast cancer until December 1998.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Yolanda Lemarr; children - Jeff Lemarr of Denver, CO; Jay Lemarr of Seattle, WA; Seth A. Lemarr, Lucky D. Lemarr, and Willow B. Lemarr of Byers, CO; his brother Ron Lemarr of Pendelton, OR; sister Bev Dodd of WA/AZ. He also is survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jerry enjoyed his alone time, riding his Harley, traveling in the motorhome, Alaska, the beach, dancing, cooking a mean ol' brisket, a most delicious meatloaf, growing a fruitful garden, his land, and the sunsets.
He was certainly a man who knew how to live by a few good values that mattered which ultimately define his legacy; he was loyal, committed, friendly, and incredibly caring. Jerry knew how to do life simply. He will be missed and thought of fondly, often. For those who had the privilege of having Jerry in their lives certainly understand the humor that could cure a moment's darkness in a one-liner - he was just that crafty...and funny. Peace to the journey.
Published in Tri-City Herald from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2014