Francis (Jerry) Perley Foote passed away Jan. 17, 2013. at home in Grass Valley. He was 86.
A celebration of Life is planned for 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the Nevada City United Methodist Church, 433 Broad St., Nevada City.
Born Jan.4, 1927, in Los Angeles, Jerry grew up in the Los Angeles area. He graduated from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles and attended University of California, Berkeley.
In 1945, he was drafted and spent time at Ft. Benning, Ga., where he attended Officer’s Candidate School. After graduation as a second lieutenant, he was sent to Korea with the 7th Infantry Division for the Korean Occupation 1945-1947.
After his discharge from the Army, Jerry went to University of California, Davis for a Bachelor of Science, University of California, Los Angeles for a teaching credential and Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff for his Master of Science in science education.
Jerry met Donna on a mountain peak while hiking with the Sierra Club in the Angeles National Forest. They married in 1956. As their family grew, they spent summers hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and traveling.
Jerry taught high school math at Westerchester High in Los Angeles while living and raising a family in nearby Manhattan Beach.
After retiring from 30 years in the classroom, Jerry worked for Northrop Aircraft and taught math at Culver City Community College.
In 1986, the lure of the mountains was too much to resist, so he and Donna retired from teaching and left the beach for the Sierra. They moved to Grass Valley where they enjoyed hiking and kayaking.
Jerry had a lifelong passion for music. While in Southern California, he played oboe and English horn in the Beach Cities Symphony. In Grass Valley. he played in the Nevada County Concert Band and the Sierra Symphony. His other active community participation was with the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum. A train buff since childhood, he enjoyed being a docent and participating in museum events.
He was a loving and loyal husband, an encouraging and affectionate father, a rigorous and thorough teacher, and a gentle and kind man.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, P.O. Box 2392, Nevada City, CA 95959.