Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jerry Lee Koory, BHS 1947

Jerry Lee Koory passed away peacefully on February 7, 2015 at his home in Pismo Beach. Jerry was born in August, 1930 in David City, Nebraska, the son of Lillian Faytinger and Bernard Marquis. Jerry's parents divorced and when Jerry was nine he moved with his mother to Burbank where they lived with his grandparents, Fred and Mary Faytinger. When his mother remarried in 1941, Jerry was adopted by his stepfather Amal Koory. -------------Jerry graduated from Burbank High School in 1947; he then attended Glendale Junior College for two years before transferring to UC Santa Barbara. He graduated from UCSB in 1951 with a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Arts. After college, Jerry was drafted and spent 21 months in the Army. Jerry enrolled at graduate school at the University of Southern California, and while attending USC he met his future wife, Viola Di Nuzzi. -------------In 1956, Jerry worked for System Development Corporation where he learned computer programming and taught the new hires. Jerry and Viola married in 1958 and spent their honeymoon in Palm Springs and Las Vegas. They lived in their first home on Big Rock Drive in Malibu. In 1960, their daughter Mary Ann was born. Jerry was transferred and the family moved to Falls Church, Virginia where their son Louis was born in 1962. The Koory family moved back to California in 1964 where they lived at their family home on Parthenia Street in Northridge. Jerry continued his career in data processing and information systems working for Planning Research Corporation, HW Systems, The Rand Corporation and Ticor, before retiring in 1992. ----------------In 1994, Jerry and Viola moved to Avila Beach. In retirement, Jerry volunteered for local organizations including the San Luis Obispo Literacy Council and the Grand Jury. In 1999, Jerry and Viola moved to Pismo Beach where Jerry played Senior Softball and was an active member of the Pismo Beach Basin Street Regulars Jazz Club. Jerry handled badge sales for the annual jazz Jubilee by the Sea for several years. -----------Jerry is survived by his wife of 57 years, Viola Koory; his daughter, MaryAnn Koory and his son-in-law, Christopher Meehan; his son, Louis Koory; his grandchildren: Blair Meehan, Anna Meehan and Rocco Koory; his sister, Mary Fry and his niece, Roberta Derrick. The family wishes to express their thanks to all of the doctors who took such good care of Jerry and the staff at the Kidney Dialysis Center of Pismo Beach for their caring attention during his years of dialysis there. Donations in Jerry's memory can be made to the Basin Street Regulars Jazz Club, P.O. Box 356, Pismo Beach, Calif., 93448. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries -------------------- . Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Feb. 21, 2015

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