Cover photo for Gerald Burns Sr.'s Obituary
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Gerald Burns Sr.

December 14, 1966 — November 7, 2022

Gerald Matthew Burns, Sr., was born 14 December 1966 in Whittier,

California, son of Mitchell Burns and Jannette Romine. He passed away

the evening of Monday 7 November 2022 near Woodland, Idaho.

Jerry spent many happy years of his boyhood living with his maternal

grandparents in California and near Kingman, Arizona, helping in his

grandfather’s workshop, and playing in the citrus groves. He often

mentioned the influence of his grandfather, who had been a traveling

evangelist and an inventor of many types of machinery. Jerry

disclosed recently that while a boy he had the desire to be a

missionary. While that dream never came to pass, he inherited his

grandfather's mechanical aptitude and ability to work hard.

He lived most of his adult life in Florida and in California, although

he spent about a year in the Las Vegas area working his father's

antique store. In 2007 he moved to Idaho, residing on Battle Ridge

and in the Woodland area.

In recent years Jerry faced serious health challenges that weakened

him physically but neither quashed his ambitions nor dampened his

enthusiasm for life. Jerry had a hearty sense of humor, was an

energetic storyteller, and loved dogs. He also enjoyed carpentry,

designing new inventions and labor-saving devices, was an avid

mechanic, and loved repairing anything—often joking that J-B Weld

stood for “Jerry Burns Weld.”

He is survived by his son Gerald Matthew Burns, Jr. (daughter Aubree)

of Moscow, Idaho; daughters Amanda Beth Holliday (daughter Charlotte)

of Tampa, Florida, and Andrea Lynnette Burns of Woodland, Idaho;

brother Phil Sadler of Los Angeles, California; stepfather Marty

Dotson of Woodland, Idaho; father-in-law Jim Woolbright, mother-in-law

Janis Woolbright, brother-in-law James Woolbright, ex-wife Betsy

Woolbright-Birch, all of Woodland.

He was preceded in death by his parents Mitchell Burns and Jannette

Romine Dotson, and by his grandparents Phillip and Norma Rehard.

Memorial service will be 3:00 PM Sunday 20 November at Woodland

Friends Church, Woodland, Idaho, with a potluck dinner following.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Gerald Burns Sr., please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Funeral Service

Saturday, November 12, 2022

7:00 - 8:00 pm (Mountain time)

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Funeral Service to Celebrate the Life of Gerry

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Starts at 11:00 pm (Mountain time)

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