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Jerry Coalwell

March 19, 2020

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Jerry Coalwell, 74, of John Day, OR. died on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the home of his daughter in Vale, Oregon, after a short battle with cancer. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  

Jerry was born May 16, 1945 in Prairie City, OR.  to parents Frank and Betty (Combs) Coalwell.  He was raised and educated in Bates, Baker City, and Prairie City where he graduated in 1964.
 In 1972, Jerry met Marla Howland in Bates, OR. Their first date was to John Day for Pizza at midnight.  He won her heart with his fast cars and his quiet personality. On December 23, 1974 they were married in Weiser, Idaho. They made their home in Bates, Oregon for a few years until Jerry transferred to the John Day Mill in 1975. 
Jerry loved driving hot rods and buying fast and pretty cars. His favorites were GTO’s and 67 Chevy’s.  He enjoyed yard-sailing and finding treasures.  In his younger years he enjoyed running around with Dick Greer and the Comb brothers.  Jerry especially loved playing in the hills with family and friends. His favorite place to be was Bates and the surrounding hills.  He also enjoyed watching Bailey and Brayden play basketball and was thankful to his travel buddies Jim Mays and Ron Combs for making the trips with him. 
He was preceded in death by his wife Marla Coalwell; parents Frank Coalwell and Betty Coalwell-Morris and stepdad Swede Morris.
Jerry is survived by daughter Susan (Todd) Gregory of Vale, OR; Sons Clinton (Tessa) Coalwell of Mt. Vernon, and Terry  (LeAnn) Coalwell of John Day, OR; sister Diane (Scott) Bogart of Kennewick, WA; grandchildren Bailey, Austen and Brayden Gregory, Myckee, Torie, Trevyn, Ryan and Levi Coalwell, Walker, Kyle and Melissa Erickson.   Along with his dog Toby and his cat Squirt; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-law relations.   He will be missed!
For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Jerry the family suggests the Ronald McDonald house and St. Jude Children’s Hospital through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences can be shared at

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