Jerry Wilson Tippin
3/28/35 – 3/14/16
Jerry Tippin passed away on March 14, 2016 in Palm Desert with his wife, Janice, by his side. Jerry was born in Enid, Oklahoma but spent most of his childhood and teen years growing up in Southern California. He served in the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Hawaii. In 1956 he married Gloria Nagle and moved to the Redding area and began his life-long profession as a surveyor where he worked for Clair A. Hill and Associates, an engineering and construction company. In 1959 Jerry was the sole survivor of a light plane accident in Trinity County which killed three of his co-workers. He suffered internal injuries and a broken back; the latter injury causing him difficulty for the rest of his life. Along the way Jerry and Gloria had three children, two boys and a girl and in 1968 he moved his young family to Tahoe City to manage the local office of Raymond Vail & Associates. It was here he began his life of community service and dedication to the Lake Tahoe community. Jerry and Gloria were divorced in the late 70s, and Jerry remained in Tahoe City and continued working and supporting the community through his many infrastructure and volunteer projects. In 1987, Jerry and former RVA co-worker Don Hale formed Hale-Tippin Consultants, a premier engineering/surveying firm serving the Tahoe Basin and Truckee. During these years Jerry served on numerous local and national agency boards including Truckee Tahoe Sanitation Agency, Tahoe City Recreation Association, Tahoe City Cemetery District, Western Federation of Land Surveyors, Tahoe City Rotary Club (President), and countless others. As a Rotarian, Jerry was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, an award of which he was very proud. One of his proudest (and most talked about) accomplishments was the conception and construction of Pomin Park ball field with other (not to be named) accomplices. Tahoe City needed this ball field and it got built (mostly with volunteer help) based on a napkin drawing at Pete ‘n Peters with the inspiration of many drinks! In 1997, after years of leading the single life in Tahoe City, Jerry married Janice Hans, another local business owner. In 2000, after selling both of their businesses, Jerry and Janice moved (part-time) to Palm Springs to enjoy the winters in the desert. They enjoyed coming back to Tahoe in the summer until 2005 when Jerry was placed on dialysis due to chronic kidney disease. In 2005, they relocated to Palm Desert full time to enjoy country club living on a golf course. Battling several illnesses since then Jerry remained optimistic and met his medical challenges with grace and humor. He called dialysis his “part-time job” but remarked that the pay was pretty bad. No matter how badly he was feeling, he would pull himself out of bed and carry on with his day. A man of strong will, his toughness was well known to all who knew him. Jerry passed away after a brief hospital stay. As he neared his end, he was able to gather his sons and oldest friends together to savor a toast – Johnny Walker Blue, of course! Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Janice; his children and their spouses – Brett (Annie) of Tahoe City, Brenda (Ric Deliantoni) Cincinnati, OH and Barry (Joanne), Redding, CA. He is also survived by his awesome grandsons – Zachary, Cameron and Riley and his niece, Rhonda Gosser, Granite Falls and her extended family. Jerry was stubborn and opinionated, he loved his scotch and soda, and he was loyal to his friends. If you were Jerry’s friend, you knew it ! Thank you JWT for a great ride! A Celebration of Life will be held from 12:30 – 3:00pm on May 21, 2016 at Granlibakken in Tahoe City.
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