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Hearn, Jerry Ross

Jerry Ross Hearn, 66, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, from lung cancer at the East Fork home he loved.

He was born April 10, 1941, in Milford, Del. to Mildred and Ruben Hearn. After high school, he proudly served in the United States Navy, stationed in San Diego, Calif. It was there that he met, wooed and married his life’s companion and bride of 48 years, Roxane Nash, of Arcadia, Calif. He attended Pasadena City College earning an AA degree and later became a police officer with the Arcadia Police Department where he served from 1967 to 1978. During this time, Jerry attended L.A. State University, pursuing a B.S. degree. In 1978, dreaming of life in the mountains, he transferred to Placer County Sheriff’s Department in Tahoe City, Calif., where he served until his retirement in 1991. It was in the summer of 1987 that he and Roxane took a fateful vacation to Montana, a place they both immediately fell in love with and finally in 1991, they made Montana their home, first in Hamilton and then finally settling in Sula. He became an active member of the Ionic Lodge #38 in Hamilton, Mont.

He was “one of the good guys.” Those who were lucky enough to know him knew the man he was, and mere words can’t begin to describe. He was loyal, trustworthy and honest, a man who believed in and lived with integrity. He loved his family and his friends, he loved beer and country music, especially Patsy Cline, and could always be counted on to enjoy both with anyone. He was never idle in mind or in hand, always having more “projects” than time to do them. He’ll be missed more than words can say.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Roxane; his son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Jennifer Hearn of Conifer, Colo.; his son, Brian Hearn of Sula, Mont.; his daughter and son-in-law, Melinda Hearn Diaz and Gustavo Diaz, of Truckee; his grandchildren Gabriela Rose and Stevan Ross Diaz of Truckee; Kelsey Betz of Conifer, Colo., Samantha and Danica Hearn and his brother and sister-in-law, Rueben and Margaret Hearn of Acworth, Ga.

Memorial services celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, at the Sula Community Clubhouse in Sula, Mont. He will be sorely missed.

Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton, Mont.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Sula Community Clubhouse, c/o Pat Capehart, Treasurer, 5886 Highway 93 South, Sula, MT, 59871, or the American Cancer Society.


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