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Gerald George Hoytt Obituary
Gerald George Hoytt Prominent Bay Area developer and philanthropist Gerald Hoytt, affectionately known to friends and family as "Jerry," passed away in his San Rafael home on Tuesday, June 19 at the age of 88 after a battle with lung cancer. Born March 10, 1924 in Denver, Colorado, Jerry moved to Los Angeles in his youth and attended Fairfax High School and the University of Southern California. After a brief military stint, he tried his hand as a fur coat salesman before settling on real estate, which would become his lifelong pursuit. Being in possession of an impressively sharp sense of business, he went on to successfully develop several planned communities and shopping centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Marinwood community in Lucas Valley, CA. Always quick with one of his well-known and well-worn one-liners or a gallivanting story, Jerry was beloved, admired, and respected by all who knew him. He excelled at a wide variety of non-professional pursuits and interests, from playing tailback at USC to coming oh-so-close to tap-dancing alongside Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain." Jerry was predeceased by his first wife, Marcia, and daughter, Lonee. He is survived by his wife, Xiaoru, two children, Lisa and Lee, and two grandchildren. A small memorial service was held in San Rafael on June 21. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made on Jerry's behalf to the Wheelchair Foundation, either online at https://www.wheelchairfoundation.org/give/donation, or via mail: Wheelchair Foundation, 3820 Blackhawk Road, Danville, CA 94506-4617.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from June 23 to June 25, 2012
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