November 13, 1930 ~ October 3, 2012

Gerald L. "Jerry" Crumpacker was born Nov. 13, 1930 in Camas, WA. He died Oct. 3, 2012 in Olympia, WA from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
After his high school graduation in 1949 from Washougal High School, he attended Pacific University where he played football.
Jerry joined the Navy in 1951 and served his country until his discharge in 1954.
He worked for Georgia Pacific (formerly known as Crown Zellerbach and James River Corporation) at the Camas Paper Mill for 34 years retiring Dec. 31, 1994.
Jerry was an avid sports fan and participant. As part of a Vancouver, WA fast pitch team he played in the World Tournament in Florida in 1957. His love of sports continued throughout his life. He loved spending time outdoors hunting, deep sea fishing, gardening, and watching his sons, daughters, and grandchildren participate in baseball, football, soccer, and basketball. Jerry loved to travel and visited many states as wells as several foreign countries while visiting each of our foreign exchange students and their families.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Janell M. Crumpacker - Olympia, WA; sons: Tom Turcotte - Olympia, WA, Tony Turcotte - Tenino, WA, Jeff Crumpacker, Greg Crumpacker, and Cliff Clemons - Vancouver, WA; daughters: Linda Christian - Portland, OR, Vicki Jollie - Vancouver, WA, Becki Bost - Fairview, OR, and Lori Sorrells - Vancouver, WA; sister, Beverly Galloway - Eatonville, WA; brother, Charles Crumpacker - Washougal, WA; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces; and three foreign exchange student sons, André Montini of Brazil, Luis Cesaretti of Mexico, and Markku Suopanki of Finland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby and Virgil "Buck" Crumpacker; and daughter, Traci Stillson.
Graveside services will be held Fri., Nov. 2, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Willamette National Cemetery Portland, OR.
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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 12, 2012