Gerald D. "Jerry" Holt passed away peacefully surrounded by family July 8, 2019, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash. He was born along with his twin brother, Gary, Jan. 1, 1951, in Minot, N.D., to Frances and Fern Holt.
Jerry’s early years were spent in several states as the family moved frequently. In 1971, he married Paula Gowin Walker. Together, they had five children. They were later divorced. He met Anita in 1980, and they were married in 1981. They first settled in Centralia and later, moved to the family home in Ethel.
Jerry worked for several trucking companies during his life. During his years driving, he owned his own truck and leased to various companies. Trucking was in his blood and he was a great driver. After leaving the road, he went to work for Grant’s Towing, working at the Napavine office. In 2018, he and Anita became full-time retirees. Jerry enjoyed fishing, camping and NASCAR. He and Anita made several trips to Vegas to watch the cars turn left and go in circles.
He is survived by his wife, Anita; children, Michelle (Kevin), Jerry (Jenny), Judy and Doneia (Santiago); siblings, Gary, Barb (Randy) and Penny; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frances and Fern Holt; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Barbara and Leonard Swanson; sons, Frances Paul (Frankie) and Clair James; sister-in-law, Barbara Holt; and brother-in-law, Bruce Swanson.
Family and friends are invited to a barbecue potluck celebration of life for Jerry at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at the family home.