Jerrold A. Jenkins
Jerrold A. Jenkins
  • March 31, 1947 - October 29, 2017
  • Rainier, Washington

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Jerrold Alfred Jenkins Sr., 70 years old, Rainier, Washington passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017. He was born March 31, 1947 in Centralia. Jerry graduated from Rainier High School with the class of 1966, and continued his education at Central Washington University. He married his wife Cecelia 42 years ago on January 31, 1975 at the United Methodist Church in Yelm. He worked as a Journeyman Mechanic for Mallon Ford in Tacoma for 14 years, prior to changing his career that spanned thirty years for the Yelm Community Schools Transportation Department. While working for Yelm he was honored with the Classified Employee of the Year Award and the Yelm School Bell Award. During his tenure as Director of Transportation he served two terms as the Chapter President for the Capitol Chapter of the Washington Association of Pupil Transportation. Jerry also served as the President of the Washington Association of Pupil Transportation.

Jerrold was honored on January 31, 2015 by the Capitol Chapter with "Honorary Lifetime Member. In Recognition of your Countless Hours of Support and in Honor of Your Years of Outstanding Service to the Pupil Transportation Industry. We, the Respected Members of the Capitol Chapter of the Washington Association of Pupil Transportation, do hereby Designate and Salute Jerry Jenkins as a Lifetime Member."

Jerry volunteered on community projects for years and was honored as the Christmas in the Park Grand Marshal in December 2013.

His hobbies included a love for boating, camping, salmon fishing, crabbing and shrimping with his group of friends and family.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Cecelia; daughter Tammy Jenkins-Jelovich (Toni); son Jerrold Jenkins Jr. (Jessica); two grandchildren Rebecca Cook and John Cook (Carene); great-grandchildren Lilly, Ryleigh and Jaxson; and two sisters, Carol Ramsay and Judi Stancil.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Mills and Mills Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Friday, November 3, 11:00 a.m., Yelm Cemetery.