Jerry Leland Capello
Jerry "Chub" Leland Capello, 52, of Eagle Point, died June 14, 2009. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, June 20th at the Butte Falls High School Gym at — p.m. and followed by an Italian potluck at the community hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Butte Falls Fire Dept.
Jerry "Chub" Capello was born Aug. 28, 1956 in Medford and raised in the small logging town of Butte Falls, Ore. Though as Jerry would say, he was the runt of the family at 5'11 and 240 lbs, he starred at what ever he did. As a child he was an avid hunter and fearless dirt bike rider. In high school he was an exceptional athlete at all sports setting a state rushing record in football and winning the state championship. Though he was being scouted by the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry chose to stay home and support his family as a timber faller, determined to always be there for his children. Jerry kept that promise by loving his family and his children with all his heart, being their greatest fan and constantly creating precious memories through the special times he spent with them. Jerry spent many years coaching Jr. high football and little league teams to victorious seasons. After many years of working in the woods he switched careers and became a physical trainer at Gold's Gym in Medford where he and his team set numerous world records in powerlifting. Jerry personally became the oldest and lightest person to ever deadlift over 800 lbs. But above all things in his life, his greatest and most dearest treasure was his family, friends, and God. Jerry was a tremendous giver of his time, heart, and soul, a defender and encourager of the weak. Jerry had a natural gifting to touch the hearts of all he met, lift up the less gifted and make winners of them all. Surely there will never be another Jerry Capello. He was a great man, loved by all, and will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela Capello; daughter, Kristi Capello; son, Jerrad Capello; step-daughters, Stephanie Beasley and Marianne Merritt; granddaughter, Mikyla Jahnke; sister, Shag Frison; brothers-in-law, Kerry and Kenneth Long, and Mike and Stuart Meyers; parents-in-law, Bob and Betty Meyers; nephews, Mike, Joe, Charlie, Kevin, Scott, Dustin, Bobby, nieces, Julie, Carrie, Fawn, Rhonda, Angela, Angel, April. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles "Red" and Ruth Capello; and brothers, Jim and John Capello.