A loving husband and father, Jerry Lee DeLosh, 66, passed away at his home in Roswell, NM, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 2:00 PM. Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for Jerry’s family at andersonbethany.com.
Jerry was born in North Platte, Nebraska, to Robert Lee and Bonnie Jean DeLosh, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded by his grandparents, paternal and maternal. When Jerry was six years old, his family moved to Las Cruces, NM, to be closer to family members. When he was fifteen years old, they moved to Los Angeles, California, so his father could have bilateral kidney transplants. After the failed transplantations, they moved back to Albuquerque, NM, for Jerry’s father to start renal dialysis.
In 1970, Jerry attended and graduated from Sandia High School. After graduation he moved to Roswell, NM, to attend Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Branch, where he studied Aviation Maintenance and Technology. During Jerry’s second year of school, he met and married the love of his life, Barbara.
In Jerry’s younger years, he was a motorcycle rider, a hunter, a pilot, a fly-fisherman, and a camper. He loved motorcycles, fast cars, boats, and going to car shows with his son, where they won numerous awards with his red Viper. Jerry loved watching car racing on the television, especially NASCAR, where he rooted for anyone but Kyle Busch. He also liked outdoor grilling and visiting with family and friends.
He worked at Airline Aviation as an aircraft mechanic and took flying lessons. In 1973, Jerry started teaching the same course he graduated from at ENMU-R. While teaching, he was also a department director during his last ten years. At ENMU-R, Jerry received numerous awards for his teaching abilities. In 1989-1990, he won the KASA Merit Award, in 2004, Jerry was awarded The Spirit of Eastern Award, and in 2009, he received his Certificate of Retirement. He held FAA rating that included: A&P, IA, DME, MEL, and SEL. After retiring, Jerry continued to maintain his IA, so he could perform inspections on his Piper Cruiser and other aircraft that he kept airworthy.
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Jerry was a member of the Desert fly-fishing club, the Piper Aircraft Club of America, the Harley Davidson Club of America, and the Cushman Club of America.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Gail; and son, Phillip David.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Roswell Humane Society or the AARP’s Drive to End Hunger Foundation in Jerry’s name.
Jerry’s tribute was lovingly written in his honor by his family.