Jerry Wayne Maxwell
December 2, 1940 - February 12, 2007
Jerry was born in Dallas Texas and always carried Texas in his heart. He moved with his parents to Redwood City, Ca when he was 9 years old. He attended Sequoia High School and then joined the Marine Corps. He spent 8 years in the Marines from 1957-1965. He was a "tanker". After his discharge he worked for the City of Glendale, Ca as a cement finisher. A friend of Jerry's said he was going to Los Angeles to take the test for Deputy Sheriff and wanted to know if Jerry would like to go along. He did. His friend failed the test and Jerry passed it. He was sworn in as Deputy on January 31, 1967. He retired on November 3, 1996, after spending 30 years on the department. He worked the Hall of Justice Jail, patrol in Avalon on Catalina Island, and patrol at Temple City Sheriff's Station. He transferred to Biscailuz Center Range and was a firearms instructor and the department armorer for the last 15 years of his career. Jerry also spent time in the Army Reserve, Chief of Smoke, and in the Cal National Guard. He loved going to the desert with the unit and shooting the 155 self-propelled guns and as he said, "Blowing up the desert!". After retirement he and his wife moved to Rogue River, Oregon.
Jerry married Susan Laney Pendleton on June 14, 1975. They lived in Temple City, Ca and moved to Rogue River in 1998. Jerry loved riding his Harley Fat Boy and his John Deere tractor. He was a gunsmith and had lots of customers and friends in the Rogue Valley.
Jerry is survived by his beloved wife, Susan, his mother Winona Maxwell in Yorba Linda, Ca , his son Aaron of Plummer, Id, his step-daughter Kristen Follen of San Gabriel, Ca and her two children Alexandria and Jackson, his step-son Brian Pendleton of Grants Pass, Or. and his wife Jen and their son Tucker, and four dogs that were the light of his life; Maggie, Buckwheat, Spanky, and Yukon.
Semper Fi Marine!
My darling, I will love you and miss you always. xo S.