Jerry Betz, 82 of Palm Springs, Calif., passed away peacefully on January 1, 2021. Jerry was born in Rock Island, Ill., on July 6, 1938, before moving with his mother to Los Angeles in 1940.
A graduate of Hollywood High School, Jerry played football and was a stand-out pole vaulter on the track team. One of his proudest accomplishments was winning the 1956 Southern California All-C.I.F. Championship his senior year, held in the iconic LA Memorial Coliseum. Following high school, Jerry proudly served the country he loved in the U.S. Army as a skilled cartographer, stationed overseas near Heidelberg, Germany.
He then went to Oregon State University on a track scholarship, where he won numerous medals and set several records in competition. It was at Oregon State where Jerry met his future wife, Beth.
Jerry enjoyed a successful career in the financial industry as a stockbroker and vice-president with Dean Witter / Morgan Stanley, located in Portland, Oregon. It was in Portland where Jerry and Beth raised their family. In addition to volunteering as a scout leader, and coaching various sports, Jerry had a love of the outdoors which he enjoyed with his family. He especially loved Central Oregon's high desert, the Cascades and the Oregon Coast.
Upon retirement Jerry returned to Southern California and the golf mecca of Palm Springs. He continued to work on his golf game achieving 2 holes-in-one and forged new and lasting friendships.
Jerry is survived by his lifelong love, Beth - his two sons Eric and Bart, his daughter Nancy, and two grandchildren Hannah and Naomi.
No services are planned at this time due to the Covid-19 conditions. His family and friends will have a celebration of his life in the near future.
In memory of Jerry, donations may be made to your local animal shelter or humane society, as Dad was a dog lover and always had a faithful canine companion by his side.