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Gerald Francis Pimentel
July 21, 1935 ~ May 24, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Gerald (Jerry) was born in San Jose, CA on July 21, 1935 to Delinda and Frank Pimentel. Jerry grew up in
Centerville, CA, where his love of baseball started. He graduated from Washington High School in 1953,
and earned his Criminology degree from the University of California-Berkeley in 1957. His love of
education and kids blossomed while working at a boys’ ranch in Southern California and at a juvenile hall
In 1960, Jerry was set up on a blind date with Deanna at…you guessed it, a San Francisco Giants baseball
game. Deanna moved to Prineville from the Bay Area in 1960 with her family, and Jerry made several
trips to Prineville to continue wooing her. They were married in 1961 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in
While they were living in the Bay Area, Jerry went to San Jose State University to get his teaching
degree. He later received his Master’s Degree from Oregon College of Education. Jerry started his
teaching career back in Prineville in 1962. During his 30 years as a teacher, Jerry taught 4 th , 5 th and 6 th
grades at the elementary and middle school. When not teaching Jerry kept busy with coaching, umpiring
high school baseball and softball games, and served with the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club and
SMART reading program. Jerry also ran the summer baseball program in Prineville for many years. Jerry
retired from teaching in 1992 but still helped at the schools as a substitute teacher, ran the clocks at
football and basketball games, and made many guest appearances as “Cat In The Hat” (complete with
costume made by Deanna).
Jerry chaired the Knights of Columbus free throw contest and the St. Jude’s bike-a-thon charity events
for several years.
Among the many honors Jerry received over the years are the Central Oregon Baseball Officials
Association Lifetime Award, Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement
Award, and the Cecil Sly Memorial Award.
Jerry was proceeded in death by his father Frank, mother Delinda, brother Perry and sister Anne, as well
as many beloved aunts and uncles. Jerry is survived by his wife of 62 years Deanna, his brother Dennis,
sons Paul (Lori) and Mark (Kim), granddaughters Gina (Mike), Teresa, and Ashley; and great-
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Crook
County Historical Society in Jerry’s name.