Jerry Morinaka
1958 - 2020
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Jerry Morinaka July 20, 1958 - Nov. 21, 2019 Jerry Morinaka, the youngest son of the late Hideo and Kimiye Morinaka, a lifelong resident of French Camp passed away on November 21, 2019. He attended French Camp Elementary School, East Union High School, Delta Jr. College and ultimately graduated from Sacramento State University. Jerry was a member of the East Union High School tennis team. He was also involved in local recreational baseball leagues after he graduated from high school. He had a 31 year career as a Biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife service, Jerry was a talented artist in photography, sketches and clay art. He loved hiking and spending a lot of time outdoors. Jerry is survived by his sister, Susie (Ron Johnson); and brother David Morinaka. There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, Feb.1 at the Stockton Buddhist Church 2820 Shimizu Drive, Stockton, CA 95203.

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Published in The Record on Jan. 26, 2020.
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February 7, 2020
This was so shocking to me given how Jerry just retired and was an eye opener as well. He was the last person I would think would go early. Just such a positive person that never said a mean thing about anyone. I'm thankful I have some of his art pieces as a reminder of him and I'll pass these along to my kids and tell them a great person created them. Although he was kind of a closed book at times, I shortly realized how amazing his sense of humor was. The Fish and Game family will miss him greatly. Thank you Jerry for being part of my life.
Derek Stein
January 31, 2020
Jerry was always a kind and generous person. We worked together as seasonal aids for a few years when we started our careers with the Department of Fish and Game back in the 1980s. I will always remember when he would go home for the holidays and bring the crew back lots of goodies that his grandmother had baked. We always kept in touch and I enjoyed our conversations. My heart and condolences go out to his family.
Linda Radford
January 31, 2020
This is all to sudden and shocking. It seems like yesterday we were congratulating him on his retirement. The world is diminished by Jerry's passing in a profound way.
Carl Dealy
January 31, 2020
This is to shocking and sudden. It seems like yesterday that we were congratulating him on his retirement. The world is diminished by Jerry's passing. - Carl Dealy
J. Carl Dealy
January 30, 2020
I was always in awe of Jerry because of his kindness, intelligence, and positive attitude. He picked a perfect career given his religious believes and will be rewarded on his journey.
Frank Wernette
January 29, 2020
It is sad that Jerry did not enjoy his retirement for very long. I remember Jerry as a good worker and for the tomato that he recommended to me years ago. I think I need to grow it again in his honor. Momataro the number one tomato grown in Japan.
Lee Miller
January 29, 2020
I will always remember Jerry's kindness. He often stopped in to visit and shared his love of art with me. I will treasure the clay fruit plate he gave me. I hope we all do as he did, and let people know we care.
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