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Gerald E. (Jerry) Magoon Obituary
Gerald E. (Jerry) Magoon Gerald E. (Jerry) Magoon passed away on October 9, 2014 at the age of 87. He was born on July 10, 1927 in Sanger, CA to the late Chester and Nina Magoon. Jerry was a graduate of Salinas HS and a World War II veteran, serving in the Asian theater on the aircraft carriers USS Siboney and USS Block Island. After the war, he married Norma Ruth Zierk, with whom he was married for fifty-six years before she passed in 2012. He worked in retail, first at the Emporium in San Francisco for nine years, then in Fresno at Gottschalks for two years, before moving to Tulare in 1957 to manage and then own Leggett's Department Store. After that, Jerry worked for the City of Tulare in the TIP to help revitalize downtown before he finally retired at 82. His business drive was complemented by a great love of public service: over the years Jerry served on the Tulare Union High School Board, the Tulare Redevelopment Board, the Tulare City Council, and the Tulare County Board of Supervisors. He was a founding member and president of the Tulare Improvement Program (TIP), and he also served terms as Board Chairman of the International Agri-Center, the President of the Kiwanis Club, and Chairman of the World Ag Expo. Because of his efforts for the City of Tulare, he was named "Man of the Year" by the Tulare Chamber of Commerce, and he was honored by Tulare City Council in 2010 for his life-long efforts on behalf of the city. Gerald is survived by his sons Stephen (Colette) and David (Yasuyo); four grandchildren, Jonathan, Stephanie, Gavin, and Kenneth; and six nephews. His wife, Norma, and his brother, Gene, and his parents, Chester and Nina, preceded him in death. Jerry was a sociable, intelligent, community-minded individual with a great love for golf, classical music and reading, as well as devotion to his life-long wife. He will be missed by his family, friends, and community. The family would like to send special thanks to all the members of the Evergreen Residential Facility of Fresno for their gracious, kind, and loving care during his last days. A memorial service, entrusted to Peers-Lorentzen, will be held at their chapel on Thursday, October 16th at 1:00 PM.

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Oct. 14, 2014
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