Jerry Lynn Waters
Dec. 8, 1969 - April 26, 2021
Jerry Waters, age 51, an architect who committed his career to buildings in the Pacific Northwest, including Sandy High School and Emmanuel Children's Hospital, died by suicide April 26, 2021. Jerry achieved a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1993.
Jerry's love for travel and passion for art took him all over Europe. He received the AIA Bailey fellowship to research educational architecture in 2017 which led to a focus on the impact of immigration and disability on architecture in Finland and Montessori pedagogy in the Netherlands. Jerry began his career in New York City and following his masters began work for ZGF in Portland, Ore. His love for education led him to DOWA in 2008, where he was able to lead an education design team. His success at DOWA resulted in a senior design position at YGH and he was part of the successful completion of Oregon's first earthquake and tsunami vertical evacuation site for more than 900 people as part of Oregon State University Marine Studies Initiative Building. His colleagues describe his energy and dedication as both deeply thoughtful and childishly enthusiastic.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Anna; his two daughters, Edna (23) and Riley (20); and his in-laws, Linda and Horst Jeddeloh. His family describes him as devoted and adoring while being sincere and meticulous. His nickname at home was "Swag Master J" and was known for his well-kept sense of style. As a family, Jerry relished snowboarding at Timberline Lodge and any chance for a weekend getaway at the Oregon Coast.
In lieu of flowers and other gifts, donations to suicide prevention through NAMI Oregon or to St. Mary's Academy is encouraged and appreciated. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary.
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