Gerald L. Beitz
December 22, 1928-January 20, 2008
Jerry was born in Tacoma, Washington on December 22, 1928. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his daughter’s home in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Jerry grew up in Puyallup with his parents Rudy and Vivian Beitz and later his step-mother Bessie Beitz. A 1947 graduate of Puyallup High School, he looked forward to seeing his classmates at the annual summer picnic. After graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corp Reserves. In 1960, Jerry founded Tempo Auto Glass and Upholstery with his long-time friend Don Septon. Tempo Glass continued to grow and expand throughout the Tacoma area until Jerry retired to spend time with family and friends and purchased a home in Scottsdale, Arizona where he could escape from the cold Tacoma winters. He loved walking in the Arizona sunshine to have coffee with his friends at the bagel shop and entertaining Tacoma friends who came to Scottsdale to visit. He also made frequent trips to his Tacoma home to visit friends and family.
He was a lifetime member of the Lakewood Elks and loved meeting his buddies for breakfast every morning when he was in Tacoma. He was a member of the Royal Order of Jesters, Scottish Rite Freemasonry, Eagles Lodge, American Legion, Afifi Shriners’ Temple, Tacoma Athletic Commission, and Tacoma Yacht Club.
Jerry is survived by his daughters Julie (Scott) Ferguson, Hillsboro, Oregon; Jana (Mark) Sorenson, Gresham, Oregon; Jodie (Matt) Shriner, Austin, Texas; stepsons David (Amy) Cruver, Eatonville, Washington; Guy (Gail) Hemley, Puyallup, Washington; grandchildren Kelsey and Matt Ferguson, Aaron and Halli Hemley, Keaton and Corbett Cruver, a sister Lorna Shaw and his wife Jeanene Beitz of Scottsdale, AZ.
Our family invites you to join us at a memorial service at 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Mountain View Valley Chapel. A reception will be held immediately following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
The above listed obituaries were arranged by Mountain View Funeral Home. Sign the online guest book. 253-584-0252.