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Jerry Spain


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Jerry J Spain

February 28, 1929 - November 17, 2018

Jerry Spain was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Arthur & Victoria Spain. He served honorably in the United States Army and saw combat in both World War II and the Korean conflict.
A life-long musician, Jerry started out as a Big Band player, playing the string bass. He moved to San Francisco in 1954 and worked as a musician. It was at this time that he joined the American Federation of Musicians, Local 6, in 1954. He played countless shows at the Curran Theatre & with the San Francisco Symphony. From 1966 to 1984, Jerry held key roles within AFM, rising from board member, VP & lastly to President in 1978. Jerry's many contributions made a lasting impact on the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Arts community.
Mr. Spain left the AFM in 1984 and joined the SF City Attorney's office as a Deputy City Attorney, where he represented the City's interests honorably and well until he announced his retirement in 1992. Shortly before he left the office, he was honored by the City with a day dedicated in his honor of his service to the City and the Arts.
Always an innovator & adventurer, Jerry had many passions outside of music & law, including several successful ventures in real estate, & a passion for private aviation. Upon retirement, Jerry moved to Kona, HI with his wife, Dottie Spain. They traveled the world together, indulging in the culture & food of numerous continents and countries.
Donations in honor of Jerry may be made to the San Francisco Humane Society. Please email [email protected] to share in any memories you may have of Jerry.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 7, 2018
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