Gerald “Jerry” Cameron died peacefully on Oct. 15, 2019, in Puyallup. He was 80.
He was born March 6, 1939, in Yakima, Washington, to the late Clyde and Bernice (Jones) Cameron. He graduated from Wapato High School in 1958 and married Joyce (Carlson) in 1960. He spent his life in the fruit and produce industry, from the orchards of Eastern Washington to more 30 years as warehouse manager at West Coast Fruit and Produce in Tacoma. After retiring in the early 1990s, he spent his last 27 years in Bonney Lake taking special care of family and friends. He always answered the call for help no matter what the project was – unless he was at bingo, then things had to wait. His true passions were his grandchildren and fishing. He could be found on a lake somewhere on opening day. His special place was Dog Lake on White Pass. In his most recent years, he suffered from dementia. While at many times that caused him frustration, it was often an opportunity for family to learn something new about his family life growing up.
He is survived by sister Charlotte Campbell; children Eugenia (Kevin) Beckstrom, Gerald (Melissa) Cameron and Mathieu (Karen) Cameron; eight grandchildren and four great-children. He was preceded in death by seven siblings.
At his request, his ashes will be interned with his father in Yakima, during a private ceremony.
A funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at Sumner Voiles Funeral Home. All are welcome to attend and celebrate his life.