Gerald 'Jerry' Rawlins
Jerry Rawlins was born in Beaver, Oklahoma to Otis and Loene Rawlins,. After the family worked their way to Oregon, Jerry lived in many towns, attending numerous schools, including Kenwood Elementary in Bend when he was twelve. He graduated from Grant High in Portland and attended Oregon State and Portland State universities. He married his high school sweetheart, Doreen Kemery, over six decades ago and together they raised three sons.
Their life was an adventure, traveling many places in the world, involved in a variety of enterprises including a fly-in fishing resort in Canada, a commercial fishing business in Alaska, and a golf course in Portland. Jerry owned and operated Rawlins Real Estate in Salem for many years, including real estate development and investments. He served on several boards during that time; with Salem Hospital, Columbia Christian College and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was a sports enthusiast, playing fast-pitch softball, basketball, and tennis most of his life, and serving in sports ministry with FCA and the Portland Trailblazers. Mission trips with NBA players included China and Africa.
More importantly, he will be remembered for his kindness and generosity to others, and for quiet service to those in need. For many years, he delivered Meals on Wheels and gave generously to the homeless.
He is survived by a loving family: his wife Doreen; sons Rich, Tim (Linda Rath), and Pete (Wendi Larson); ten grandchildren; Ty (Lindsay), Cole, Austin (Bekah), Sam (Tiana), Ross, Reed (Liliana), Wade, Elle, Gracie, and Charlie; eight great-grandchildren and another due in March. Jerry also leaves behind his brother, Jim Rawlins, and sisters, Barbara Rawlins Smith and Judi Rawlins Davis.
A celebration of Jerry's life will take place Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2:00 p.m. at Eastmont Church, 62425 Eagle Rd. in Bend.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Heart 'N Home Hospice or The Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Published in The Statesman Journal from Dec. 24, 2019 to Jan. 19, 2020.