Jerry Burton Mashburn, 66, of Sunnyside left this world to go home on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at home.
Jerry was born April 21, 1943 in Cheyenne, Wyo. to William and Thelma Mashburn.
He later moved to San Jose, Calif., where he grew up and went to school. After graduating from high school in l961, Jerry began a three-year active duty assignment in the U.S. Navy, and served that duty on a diesel submarine.
Jerry and Sherry were married for 48 years and lived in California until l979. In l979 they moved to Sunnyside.
Jerry was a plumbing contractor in Sunnyside and was the owner and operator of the Plumbing Store until approximately l990. He then continued as a local plumbing contractor until his retirement in December of 2009.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Sherry; his daughters, Colleen (Larry) Coleman of Sunnyside, Vanessa Moore of Ellensburg, Clara (Andrew) Hamil of Grandview, Susan (Kevin) Beebe of Sunnyside and Robin (Mike) Officer of Pasco; his son, Patrick Mashburn and three minor children, Danea, Chris and Michael, all of Sunnyside; one sister, Patty Rice of Molalla, Ore.; and 11 devoted grandchildren; nieces and nephews; loving cousins, Jan Hinkle-Rodriguez and Dale Hinkle, both of Sunnyside and Ted Bernhardt of Greeley, Colo.; and not to be forgotten is his dear friend, Jose Mendez.
Jerry was a beloved husband, father, brother, cousin, uncle and friend to a countless number of people through-out his life.
In 30 years of service to this community, he and Sherry have provided a loving home for a vast number of children through our state foster care system.
The value of the life of this one man is hard to explain. He made an enormous positive impact on all of those whose lives he touched. He was father to many more than those who are so privileged as to call him father. He never held back the love, guidance, support and help that all of those who knew and loved him had come to admire and expect. Nor did he ever hold back on his long legacy of constantly teasing those who he loved.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents; two children; two grandsons; and his son-in-law, Frank Wiley.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, followed by a celebration gathering at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sunnyside.
Your family and friends Love You and will miss you greatly, Jerry.
God got lucky on March 4, 2010, when you were welcomed home!
Those wishing to share their memories or sign Jerry’s online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.