Gerald "Jerry" Patrick Gray passed away peacefully on April 22 in Westminster, Colorado at the age of 87. He was born on October 15, 1932 to William and Anna Gray in Greeley, Nebraska. He was the youngest of 10 children. After graduating high school, Jerry attended Creighton University for pharmacy school, as well as the seminary to become a priest. Later, Jerry would join the Army and was proud to be a Veteran and serve his country.
He married Janice Marie Geren in Central City, Nebraska on January 26, 1957. They later moved to Riverside, California and started a family, having two daughters and a son. At the time, Jerry was a successful salesman for Bristol Myers pharmaceuticals. They moved to Broomfield, Colorado in 1963 and soon had another daughter and then adopted a second son. Jerry worked for Nestle in fundraising sales. He was later self-employed in sales for different types of fundraisers, including candy and pizza. He became known as the Candy Man. He was active in the Knights of Columbus at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Broomfield. In 1977, the family moved to Loveland where Jerry resided until the death of his wife in 2007. Jerry returned to the Denver area where he was able to rekindle old friendships and enjoy the remaining years of his life.
In his youth, Jerry was a huge baseball fan and an avid baseball card collector, a hobby he passed down to his grandsons. He also enjoyed collecting stamps, coins and postcards from all over the world. Jerry was active and enjoyed taking part in many activities including golf, bowling and swimming, and he was a very good pool player. He also loved playing softball, which later would result in many knee operations and replacements. While in the Seminary, Jerry was able to tour Europe, including one remarkable adventure where he climbed the Matterhorn in the Alps. He was a huge sports fan and loved to watch all of the local teams. He became a season ticket holder for the Denver Broncos in the 70s before they started winning and was there for their very first AFC Championship game on the way to their very first trip to the Superbowl.
Jerry was preceded in death by his mother and father, all of his siblings and his wife, Jan. He is survived by his children Mary Fuqua (husband Mike), Elizabeth Farnum (husband Craig), Mike Gray (wife Debbie), Kathryn Sanders (partner Todd) and Patrick Gray (wife Coren) and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He will be missed by all who knew him.