Gerald "Jerry" Price
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Gerald "Jerry" Price

A lifetime educator, Gerald "Jerry" Price, 75, of Wellington, Nevada, passed away July 27, after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jeannine; sons Gary (Beth), Greg (Cheryl), and David; grandchildren McKenzie, Cameron, and Angela; and son-in-law Alex Kirkpatrick. He was preceded in death by daughters Lesly and Lorraine.

Born May 4, 1936, in Chester, PA, Price was a star high school athlete and received a basketball scholarship to North Carolina State. While in the Air Force, he was selected to the All-Europe Basketball Team. After graduating from San Jose State with a degree in Education, he first taught in Sonora, CA. Thereafter he taught at Diamond Valley School in Woodfords, CA for 26 years as teacher and coach, influencing many students to excel in sports and academics at Douglas High School and beyond. Many former students would tell Mr. Price, "You were the best teacher I ever had." His second career and love was Summer Recreation Director at Blue Lake Springs in Arnold, CA, running and organizing all the activities and events (think Dirty Dancing) for nearly a quarter century, making many lasting friendships. Nearing retirement, Jerry and his wife moved to Smith Valley in 1993, but his love of teaching soon called him back to the classroom at Smith Valley, ROP, and Yerington Elementary, where he taught up until the time of his illness. An avid automobile buff, Price always owned one show car or another throughout his life, his favorite being the Corvette. He died with the car's emblem tattooed on his ankle, and a shiny, black 2000 parked in his garage. Being a history buff, he also loved vintage aircraft and would not pass up an airplane museum or the Reno Air Races, which he had attended faithfully since 1968. At age 74, Price was still doing 40-mile bike rides. He and his wife had done many Rails-to-Trails trips across the country, including the Erie Canal, Michelson Trail, and Hiawatha Trail, to name a few, travelling always with his camera strapped around his neck.

Please join us to remember the good times Jerry had with all of you at Dressler Park in Wellington, NV for a picnic on Friday, August 19, 2011 at 2 pm. A Mass at St. John's Catholic Church in Smith Valley will be announced. In the meantime, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Lyon County School District, 25 East Goldfield, Yerington, NV 89447, by check made payable to "Yerington Elementary Student Activity Account" or "Smith Valley School Activity Account," both of which benefit students with special needs. Walton's Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.


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Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News on Jul. 31, 2011.
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August 25, 2011
May you rest in peace, I still have a picture that Jerry took of my brother David and Me by a river the first year that we moved to Nevada and our grandmother Mrs. Barrett was a teacher in Alpine Co. with him, they both started teaching in Alpine Co the same year.
Anna Marie (Wright) Novacek
August 19, 2011
Mr. Price is truly one of the great teachers of our time. He was always passionate about what he did. I had the privilege of having him as a teacher for 7th and 8th grade at Diamond Valley School. He helped my transition from private to public school be as painless as possible. He was always very understanding and caring towards his students. Mr. Price touched so many lives during his journey here on earth. He is going to be terribly missed by everyone. My prayers go out to the Price family. -Heidi Danckwerth
Heidi Danckwerth
August 17, 2011
Jerry Price and his wife Jeannine have been special friends of ours since we moved to Kirkwood in 1972. Our whole family grieves for the Prices because of their loss. Jerry was a fine person, a gifted mentor and educator, and a true athlete. Our four children regarded him as one of their most wonderful teachers. We'll never forget his many contributions to all of us.
Jeanne Reuter
August 16, 2011
There will always be a very special place in my heart for this amazing teacher. He helped to create some wonderful memories. He has never been nor will he ever be forgotten. My prayers go out to his family.
Renee Halvorson Stocks
August 15, 2011
We are deeply saddened to hear that Jerry has passed. He was a friend who crewed and rode bikes, along with his bride, with us across Nevada on the annual Oatbran Bike Tour. He will be missed. Condolences to Janine and the the Price family from Bike the West / Oatbran Crew...
Curtis Fong
August 15, 2011
My condelences to the Price family
charlene savage
August 15, 2011
Nothing we say seems to be adequate compared to Mr. Price's gifts to us. He opened our eyes, he coached the best out of us, he really cared about us as students and athletes. He was one of my first mentors to be better;better at learning, better at sports, better and healthier as a person. My heart goes out to Jeannine and family. Hoping he is resting peacefully now and he will be always remembered by all.
Carolyn Reuter
August 12, 2011
Mr. Price will be dearly missed. He was one of my favorite substitute teacher during my high school years and I will always remember him. My condelences to the Price family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jazmin Maldonado
August 4, 2011
We miss you so much! I know you are in heaven now with your girls! Thank you for being such a great father-in-law and grandpa to Cameron and McKenzie. Love you!
Cheryl Price
August 3, 2011
What a great man this world has lost. His sense of humor, his willingness to help another and above all his passion for teaching. He was the best teacher I ever had, and above all a good, kind hearted soul. Thank you for the gift of learning.
Tamsen Ford
August 3, 2011
Jerry will be missed by students and staff at YES! He was a blessing to all of us through his many stories, jokes and compassionate nature. I believe he must be watching from above and chuckling as we all move through each day. God bless you Jerry. Thank you for being you and sharing you with each of us.
Jo Matheus
August 2, 2011
While words cannot ease the grief or loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mr. Price was a wonderful motivator and teacher. I have many wonderful memories of being in his class that will remain with me. His joy of teaching truely came through.
Kelly Meyer (Craik)
August 2, 2011
"Yes he Was and always will be one of the best teachers that I ever had. I will miss him deeply. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Price Family in this time of sorrow. He lived a long, joyous, adventurous life that some of us can only dream of. Rest in Peace Mr. Price. -Lovana D.
Lovana Dressler
July 31, 2011
RIP Mr. Price. You were one of the best. Thoughts and prayers to the Price family during this difficult time.
Kathy Kuhl-Westling
July 31, 2011
I've had the great pleasure and privilege of knowing "Jerry" from the years we taught and substituted at Coleville High School. He was by far and away one of the most intelligent, kind and interesting people I have known. Even though I have not seen him in years, his passing will leave a void. My sympathies to Jeannine and the rest of the family.
carly chichester
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