Jerry was born raised and lived his life in Long Beach, California. He was a third-generation graduate of Long Beach Wilson HS. While competing in the High Bar, Jerry helped his Long Beach City College team win a State Championship is 1973, won the National Championship in the event, and attended UCLA on antic scholarship
Jerry's competitiveness resulted in athletic success that drove him throughout his adult life. He built remodeled hundreds of homes in Long Beach and neighboring communities over his decades as a carpenter and general contractor. Almost everyone Jerry new possessed something in their lives that he built or improved for them. He possesses a generous spirit that permeated his professional and personal life, frequently lending his talents and energy to help customers, relatives and friends
Jerry loved to play golf with his son, Kyle, and his closest friends. His family and friend will cherish memories of shared times skiing, playing poker, golfing, river trips, Christmas chili dinners and simply enjoying his spontaneous laughter.
Jerry is survived by the love of his life Judy Montooth, his two sons
Kyle and Jeff Montooth, daughter-in-law and grandson Amy and Ben Montooth, dad Jerrie McDonnell, sister Denise Knight, brother Russ Montooth and Aunt Margie O'Malley. Jerry had numerous relatives and countless friends who love him and will miss him
Finally, we want to acknowledge that Jerry would not approve of an overly sad or sappy summary of his life. He would most likely sum things up by simply saying "Doink, Doink, Done."
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no memorial service is planned at this time.
Published in Gazette Newspapers from Nov. 19 to Nov. 27, 2020.