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Jerry Irwin Stark

Jerry Irwin Stark

Jerry Irwin Stark, a 40-year resident of the Rogue Valley, passed from this physical life November 7, 2015 from causes related to a long struggle with dementia, a disease that presents much like Alzheimer’s. It had been most acute for the last three years. Jerry was born March 29, 1942 in Bellingham, Washington.

Jerry was known throughout his life as someone who “took every opportunity to make someone feel better about themselves.” He was a person with “a unique gift to provide a voice of reason, while never dismissing someone's dreams.” He always had a smile and a handshake for strangers and friends alike, and his laugh was the kind that anyone who knew him can easily recall, providing us even now, and forevermore, with a smile in our hearts.

He was passionate about the life and livelihood he and his wife, Beth worked for decades to establish, taking great pride in being a fair and deeply caring property owner. He was also passionate about shooting pool and teaching others the skill, and the art, of it. He had been raised with a pool table in his childhood home, where countless great family memories were made throughout his youth. He placed one in his own family home, bringing joy and many opportunities for laughter to his children, and to every large family gathering. As everyone who knew Jerry could attest, he was an inveterate storyteller, regaling all those around him with his anecdotes and fond remembrances.

He was also passionate about being the kind of father that each of his children loved, respected, admired, and adored and that many of his children’s friends secretly wished was their own Dad. But Jerry was most passionate about his wife, Beth, whom he loved, respected, admired, adored, and celebrated from the moment they met until his last breath, stating, even through the fog of dementia, a week before his passing, “That’s my lady.”

Jerry is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elizabeth D. Stark, and their three children, Randy, Ian, and Em (Mindy); his brothers, Ken and Bill; his twin sister, Jeanie; and grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends, all of whom feel a deep and abiding loss at Jerry’s passing.

The family will be having a celebration of life for Jerry from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, January 23, 2016 at The Haven, 1970 Ashland St. (just past Napa Auto Parts, corner of Faith St. and Ashland St.).

In lieu of flowers, we invite you to instead take a moment or more to write down your favorite memory of a time shared with Jerry, or how he affected your life and how he lives on in you. It will be placed in an album for family and friends to enjoy at the celebration of life, and forevermore. You may submit these memories in the following ways: E-mail: bethdstark@hotmail.com ; Ground Mail: Em Claire, P.O. Box 1085, Ashland, Ore. 97520

Jerry Irwin Stark