Jerry Kay Red was born Dec. 15, 1941, in Hanford, Calif., to Art Red and Lucy Red FitzPatrick. He died at home in El Cajon surrounded by his family on May 3, 2021.
Jerry attended Lemoore High School graduating in 1960. Having worked in construction for Red, Beck & Parker Construction in high school, he moved to Morro Bay to work on the company’s new subdivision where Jerry later formed his own construction company.
He married DeAnne Jander in 1978 in Morro Bay and they moved to the Ponderosa Basin in Mariposa. Red, Beck & Parker had developed the Ponderosa Basin subdivision in the late 1960s and Jerry continued his home construction business. Jerry volunteered with the construction of the Ponderosa Basin Chapel and was a charter member.
They enjoyed traveling with a group of friends from the Basin in their RVs to rivers in northern California to fish for salmon and steelhead. There were BBQs, potlucks and late nights playing pookus, either at home in the Basin or camping along a river.
He retired from construction in 1992 and moved to Willow Creek, Calif., to open a Pizza Factory in 1994. The Trinity River was literally in his backyard so he spent a lot of time fishing when he wasn’t at work tossing pizza dough. He had a dozen grandchildren: six boys and six girls. The year 2014 saw Jerry retire again and return to Mariposa. After a few years, they moved to El Cajon near their daughter in Alpine.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 43 years, DeAnne; a brother, Richard of Denver, Colo.; son, Jeff and his wife Mandy Red and children Jedidiah, Elias and Benjamin of Darby, Mont.; daughter Dawn and her husband Richard Swan and children Hannah, Rachel, Moriah, Sarah and Luke of Alpine, Calif.; daughter Cameron and her husband Jeremy Botkin and children Ryan, Aubry, Sean and Kay of Chimacum, Wash.; and his first wife, Lois Robbins.
Jerry’s parents and a brother, Monty, preceded him in death.
A celebration of life will be on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Ponderosa Basin Chapel, 5611 Creel Road in the Basin.
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