Gerald 'Jerry' Russell Doran
Gerald “Jerry” Russell Doran, 63, passed away surrounded by family, Thursday, December 24, 2015, after a battle with prostate cancer.
He was born September 13, 1952 to Robert “Bob” Doran and Dorothy Doran (née Frost) in Medford, Ore. Growing up in the Rogue Valley, Jerry was struck with a rare bone disease at the age of 12, only to make a full recovery with an experimental treatment.
He graduated from Phoenix High School in 1970 and attended the Oregon Institute of Technology (then OTI) majoring in mechanical engineering. After the sudden passing of his father Bob in 1972, Jerry suspended his enrollment to look after his mother. During this time, he met his future wife, Shelley Lynn Norum, while “cruising the strip” on Riverside Drive in Medford. He often fondly recalled that her first words to him were, “Has anyone ever told you that you look like John Denver?”
They were married in a small ceremony in Phoenix on November 2, 1974. They had three children Keith Michael in 1976, and then twins Marcy Lynn and Casey Russell in 1980. They settled on their family property in the hills near Griffin Creek in 1985, which would be Jerry’s home for the remainder of his life.
Jerry was known for his extraordinary skill with all things mechanical as well as his artistic talents. He was a pin-striper for local stock cars, a letterer, and a designer of vinyl signs. He was employed as a mill worker, plumbing salesman, volunteer firefighter, and mechanic. His true passion was classic cars, and he even raced stock cars for a short time. He also had a lifelong love of reading, particularly science fiction novels.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Shelley; his three children, Keith, Marcy, and Casey; and five grandchildren, Preston (18), Cole (13), Garrett (10), Elliott (2), and Gerald (“Little Jerry”) Russell Doran (2).
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, January 4, 2016 at the Central Neighborhood Church in Phoenix. Light refreshments will be served following the service. Jerry will be interred at Hillcrest, next to his mother.