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Gerald Wayne "Jerry" Doyle

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On September 27, 2017, long time Perris and Riverside, CA resident, Gerald "Jerry" Doyle passed away from heart failure in Rocklin, CA. Born in 1935 to Homer and Glennie (Winnett) Doyle in Bristow, OK, during the Great Depression, the family later moved to Bakersfield, CA, eventually settling in Riverside, CA. Jerry graduated from Riverside Poly HS in 1954 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, was stationed in the Alaska Territory at Ladd AFB in Fairbanks, before transferring in 1958 to March AFB in Riverside. His high school sweetheart, Theresa "Terry" Doyle, married him in Fairbanks in 1956. They enjoyed 60-plus years of marriage until her sudden passing in January 2017.
In 1963, Jerry joined the Riverside Sheriff's Department and rose to the rank of lieutenant in 1966. He earned a bachelors degree from Long Beach State and a masters degree in public administration from USC. He was a member of the competitive pistol team and was a State Grand Master.
In 1975, he was hired as the Chief of the Chino Police Department. His goal was to improve the reputation of the Department and relations within the community. He was fired in 1980. He successfully sued Chino (Doyle v. City of Chino) over due process violations in his firing. This case helped insure future protections for peace officers in California in personnel matters.
Jerry unsuccessfully ran for Sheriff of Riverside in the mid-1980's. In the 1990s, he worked for Riverside DCA running homeless services until retiring in 1998. After the death of his wife, he moved to Rocklin, CA with family until his passing.
Jerry is best remembered for his wit, generosity, and hospitality. He was preceded in death by his dad Homer (1961), older brother Jesse (1974), mom Glennie (1999), youngest son Jeffrey (2015), and beloved wife Terry (2017). He is survived by son Greg (wife Linda), Jeff's wife Loni, seven grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.
There will be no public service.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 6, 2017
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