Jerald Raymond Heater,
66, passed away November 14. Jerry was born in Salem, Oregon, on
April 2, 1944, the youngest of three sons born to Maurice and
Lucille Heater. He grew up on the family farm just outside of
Sublimity. It was during his childhood that Jerry developed a love
for the fire service. At the young age of fifteen, with his
mother’s written permission, Jerry joined the Sublimity Fire
district. This began his fifty years dedication to the fire
service. Jerry graduated from Silverton Union High School in 1961.
He passed his passion for the fire service on to new recruits in
various teaching positions at Sublimity Fire District, Salem Tech
(currently Chemeketa Community College), Portland Community
College, and other departments in the Willamette Valley. In the
fall of 1968 he was hired at Tualatin Fire District as a Battalion
Chief in charge of training.
In 1972, Jerry married
is wife Colleen. The two lived in Tualatin with their two
daughters while Jerry worked for Fire District. In 1978, Jerry
resigned his position as Battalion Chief and moved back to the
farm with his family, where he purchased a small business, Cruise
Master Engraving and built a home. His business specialized in
service to and recognition of other fire service members. His
youngest daughter, Susan, will continue on with the business and
Jerry’s legacy of quality service. Jerry also rejoined Sublimity
Fire District as a volunteer, first as a captain, then Assistant
Chief, and eventually led the department as Chief.
Jerry loved donating his
time to Peoples Church, the Sublimity Fire Department, as well as
the Oregon Fire Chiefs’ Foundation, Oregon Fire Service Museum,
and Antique Powerland Museum.
Dad loved family, and we
adored him. We all love to hang out at the “farm”. To Mom he
was her faithful companion, facing the challenges of life
together. To his daughters and son-in-law, a shoulder to lean on,
always ready to fix any problem or give words of wisdom. To his
grandkids, he was “Papa”…quite simply…adored.
Jerry is survived by his
wife, Colleen; children, Barbara (Scott) Voll, of Silverton, and
Susan Turner, of Sublimity; five grandchildren, Grace, Isaiah,
Jillian, Gabriel, and Malachi; brothers Jim (Shirley) Heater, of
Sublimity and John Heater, of Salem; nieces, nephews, and extended
A memorial service will
be held at People’s Church, 4500 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem,
Oregon, Saturday, November 20th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers,
the family suggests donations to Peoples Church or the Oregon Fire
Service Museum, 1284 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97301.
Arrangements entrusted to Weddle