Obituary: 'Jerry' Mapes

Gerald (Jerry) Mapes passed away December 26, 2020 in Mt Shasta.

Jerry was born in San Francisco in 1939 and spent his working years in the Bay Area. A er retiring from a long sales management career at Pacific Bell (AT&T), Jerry came to his senses and returned to his ancestral roots in beautiful Mt Shasta. He had a fulfilling retirement, mixing traveling and relaxing with volunteering stints at the hospital, armory, and museum.

Jerry was a very generous, hospitable host. His holiday family gatherings were legendary, from Fourth of July BBQs to Thanksgiving feasts. He was a wizard in the kitchen and delighted his guests with outstanding food and drink. He loved antiques, games, and gadgets, and always provided fun activities for family and friends. Fittingly, he proudly displayed a sign that read "He who dies with the most toys wins."

Jerry had a quick wit and was always ready with a good-natured joke or pun. He had a life-long love of music, spanning many genres ranging from show tunes to folk to country to Hawaiian. He loved the 49ers and loved to tease Raiders fans when they lost. Over the years, he enjoyed a variety of activities, including fishing, camping, boating, RV travel, and Hawaiian vacations. With a little prodding, he could even play an accordion solo.

In Mt Shasta, Jerry loved being close to the mountain, which had a special place in his heart throughout his life. He loved his family and enjoyed watching his “grandkidlets” grow up.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 15 years, Jane, his sons Steven (Lori) and Robert (Ellen), and his grandchildren Kristin, Chad, Hannah and Andrew. He was predeceased by his first wife of forty years, Shirley. He will be greatly missed. We love you, Dad.

Posted online on January 13, 2021