2016-05-26 / Obituaries

Gerry Westfall

Gerry was born July 8, 1932 in Merced, Calif. to parents Eleanor Trabucco and Paul Westfall. He lived his entire life in Le Grand, he was a third generation cattleman in Merced and Mariposa Counties.

Gerry had a great childhood. He, along with many friends, would ride their horses from Le Grand to his parents’ White Rock Ranch, where they camped, fished and swam in Mariposa Creek.

He graduated from Le Grand High in 1951, after spending two years in the Army at Fort Ord, he attended Fresno State University. On April 15, 1956 he married Pat Leeker of Merced. They were married in Carmel with their reception at Fred Fancher home in Monterey.

Gerry had a great love of his ranches and often said “there is no place in the world I’d rather be”.

He singlehandedly, with a little help from his wife and daughters, did all the ranch work, branding, doctoring, building fences, riding the range, fixing water gaps and loved it all.

Gerry’s father once bought him a horse he wanted, but after his dad rode the horse, he told him he would never learn anything on that horse, so he gave him his horse and a love affair began. He raised two World Champions reserved Sugar Fred 1975 in Reno Park Nevada and the Champion Pacific Coast Cutting Futurity with Greg Ward riding.

In 1977 he won Non–Pro Champion on Andy Green Springs in Reno with Gerry showing. Far over 15 years he showed in Nevada, California, Oregon and Idaho, but family and his ranches were his first love.

He was a cattle grader, working in Atwater, Madera and Visalia Livestock Auctions. Gerry also had a small part in a movie “The Giant of Thunder Mountain” riding his horse Johnny Jingles.

His life was full and full of fun. He leaves behind many friends and relatives, who have a huge hole in their hearts. Gerry was preceded in death by his parents and Brother Paul. He leaves behind his wife Pat, daughter Sally (Tom) Georgouses of Fresno, daughter Wendy (Bill) Bright of Plainsburg, his sister, Beth Flansburg of Washington grandsons, Nick and Anthony Georgouses and granddaughters, Chelsea Chapman of Long Beach and Linzee Chapman of Sacramento, and step-granddaughter Kendall (Thomas) Hutchings of San Francisco.

We love and miss you Gerry.

Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 10–11 a.m., at Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home in Merced followed by a Celebration of Life Service starting at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at Plainsburg Cemetery in Le Grand.

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