Jerry Jennings

Jerry Jennings

Jerry Jennings

Jerry J Jennings, Jr.



Jerry died @ the age of 66 on June 2, 2009 @ his home in Snohomish with his wife by his side.  Jerry was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Jerry J. Jennings, Sr. and Dorothy Kloos.  He moved to California as a young boy and graduated from Fillmore High School. jennings-4 He attended Ventura Community College before moving to Oregon where he worked on water drilling rigs.  He saved money and took a year’s trip to all 47 states (excluding Alaska) and Canada on a Honda 4 motorcycle.  He camped, never spending one night in a hotel.


Jerry & Marilyn married in 1971 and spent over 20 years sailing the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands and beyond.  Jerry raced in the Corinthian Yacht Club series.  His most memorable trip was crewing on a race from Cap town So. Africa to Rio De Janiero when he worked as a yacht rigger @ Nautical Enterprises.jennings-2


Jerry loved life, nature and new adventures .  Among Jerry’s many other passions  were learning to fly a cropduster prop plane, skiing, hiking, motorcycling, camping and vacationing in the national parks.  Jerry also loved music & photography and was always taking pictures @ family events.


Jerry will be remembered by those who knew him as a ‘good guy’ who loved to make people laugh and tell corny jokes.


Jerry is survived by his wife of 38 yrs., Marilyn , his sister in-law Patricia Altwegg of Clive IA, brother-in-law Jim Ross, Earlham, IA: nephew Jim Altwegg Las Vegas NV and nieces Teri Albracht, Kansas City, KS; Julie Hancock, Yigo, Guam; Debra Bezanis, Chicago, Ill Jodie Sprague Helena Mt; and Mitzi Fleming, Bloomfield,  and 15 grand nieces and nephews.jennings3


Many thanks to Group Health Nephrology Clinic, especially Barbara Placek and Dr. Charney, and the hospice team for their support.  Also to the Puget Sound Kidney Center staff for their wonderful care for 7 years of dialysis.


An open house will be held @ the home of Marilyn Jennings Sunday June 14th from 1-5 PM.  Family and friends are invited.


Remembrances are suggested to PAWS or Northwest Harvest.

11 Responses to “Jerry Jennings”

  • Barbara Placek says:

    We will all miss Jerry. It was an honor to know him and to be involved in his care. Marilyn, you were a wonderful wife and loving caregiver.
    Take care

  • David Charney says:

    I will miss seeing Jerry at clinic. It was always a pleasure to see him. And even then, Marilyn was his better half.

    I will be happy to donate to Northwest Harvest in Jerry’s name.

  • Debra Bezanis says:

    What a great obituary. It was interesting and nice to read about all his interests. He certainly fit a lot into his 66 years. See you soon Marilyn.

  • Pat Altwegg says:

    Although Jerry is my brother-in-law I learned things about him that I didn’t know in the excellent written story about him. I also know that not only did Jerry and Marilyn share a special bond of devotion to each other; they also shared the same birth date, April 28, but different years. Also Jerry had a great love for cats and Trinket (on Jerry’s lap) and Sophie both miss his daily pets. Jerry couldn’t have received better or more loving care than he did from Marilyn. I’m proud to say she is my sister!

  • Pat Altwegg says:

    What a special tribute to Jerry. He had many exciting adventures that I was not aware of. Jerry and Marilyn not only shared a special loving bond to each other, but also shared the same birthday, April 28, different years though. Also Jerry loved cats and Trinket (sitting on Jerry’s lap) and Sophie greatly miss his daily pets. Marilyn was devoted to caring for Jerry using all her nursing skills, but more important she was a loving wife and never left his side. I’m proud to be her sister.
    Love you lots, Pat

  • Teri Albracht says:

    Excellent, loving obituary that portrays Jerry’s life so well. I did not know of all his exciting adventures. He lived life to the fullest! It was always a treat when he came to Okoboji, Iowa to spend time with all the family. But my favorite memory is my trip with Jerry and you to Vancouver and going sailing. Great fun!
    Love, Teri

  • Jim Altwegg says:

    I will always remember uncle Jerry as a happy fun loving guy. I always enjoyed spending time with Jerry on your annual trips to Las Vegas and Okoboji. We will all miss him.
    Love, Jim, Andrea & Boys

  • Mark S. Dobish says:

    I will really miss Jerry as a next door neighbor for so many years. My memories will help me through this difficult time and my deepest sympathies to Marilyn who is an Angel. God bless you Jerry you were one fine man and husband. My son Matt and I will miss you deeply especially we hold a common bond with you with our passion for motorcycling. Go free and be with God he is Love.

    Mark, Kathy, Heather, Joe and Matt

  • Julie Hancock says:

    What a wonderful obituary about Jerry’s life and great pictures of the two of you. Jerry had such an interesting life full of adventure, things I knew nothing about. We always enjoyed your annual visits to Vegas, and have missed seeing you both every year. I also miss all the wonderful pictures Jerry would take of the kids. He always seemed to catch great moments on film!!

    I wish I could come to your open house!! Uncle Jerry will be missed by all of us and my heart and prayers are with you at this hard time.

    Love you
    Julie, Ronnie, Bailey, Trevor, and Delani

  • Dan Walker says:

    We in the Walker family are sad to hear of Jerry’s passing. My mother (Doris Ruth Walker) always had such great respect and admiration for both Jerry and Marilyn. The obituary is a wonderful history of Jerry’s life. Clearly Jerry was a serious about the various adventures in life. It is always so good to hear how a man like Jerry enjoyed life to it’s fullest. Marilyn, our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you as you walk through this difficult time.

    With our love,

    Dan and Linda Walker and the rest of the Walker family

  • Barb Landers says:

    so sorry to hear of Jerry’s death. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I am sorry that I will be unable to make it to your open house today. Take care of yourself.

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