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.
Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News on Jul. 31, 2011.