OBITUARY

Jerry Moench

June 1, 1949November 13, 2018
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Jerry was born on June 1, 1949 in Redfield, South Dakota to parents Delmar and Thora (Gilbertson) Moench, the youngest of 3 boys. They grew up in the Aberdeen, South Dakota area. Jerry graduated from South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering on May 28, 1971 and immediately went to work for Motorola Semiconductor in Phoenix, Arizona. On August 21, 1971, he married Judy Chauncey whom he met while at School of Mines, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Jerry and Judy lived in Tempe, Arizona until 1975 when they moved to Austin, TX after Motorola transferred Jerrys design group there. Jerrys storied employment includes design engineering and manager positions for Motorola, AMD, Lattice, SUN, Centaur, and Oracle Corporations. During Jerry’s semiconductor design engineering career, he was the author and creator of multiple patents, and received 2 Fellow and other technical recognition awards.

Jerry was very active with his sons in Troop 513 Boy Scouts volunteering as treasurer assisting with several campouts and assisting many scouts achieve their merit badges. He coached basketball for boys and girls at Town and Country Optimist Club for multiple years. He also coached and supported many types of sports and activities through his boy’s childhoods. Jerry loved cheering for and is a season ticket holder for the Texas Longhorns, especially football and basketball. Hook ‘em Horns!! Jerry enjoyed golfing with his friends, and was always looking for good deals to buy! He was a founding member of Austin’s St. Thomas More Catholic Church, who recently celebrated their 40th anniversary.

Jerry is survived by his spouse of 47 years, Judy Chauncey Moench; sons, Chris (Audrey) Moench and Ryan (Lauren) Moench; grandson, Cooper Moench and granddaughter, Caroline Moench; Sister-in Laws Ellen Moench and Karen Moench, brothers and sister in law George, Joe and Jenny, their spouses and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Delmar and Thora Moench, and brothers Delmar Jr. and Gerald Moench.

Austin Funeral Services will be held Sunday, November 25, 2018 3:00pm at Cook Walden Chapel of the Hills, 9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX 78750, followed by a reception. Burial will be held Friday, November 30, 2018 1:00pm at Riverside Cemetery, Aberdeen, South Dakota.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating in Jerrys name to The South Dakota School of Mines Foundation, 306 East Saint Joseph St. Ste. 200, Rapid City, SD 57701 – https://foundation.sdsmt.edu/giving/donate-now

  • FAMILY

  • Judy Chauncey Moench, Wife
  • Chris & Audrey Moench, Son
  • Ryan & Lauren Moench, Son
  • Cooper Moench, Grandson
  • Caroline Moench, Granddaughter
  • Ellen Moench, Sister-in-law
  • Karen Moench, Sister-in-law
  • Jerry is also survived by brothers and sister in law George, Joe and Jenny, their spouses and several nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Delmar and Thora Moench, and brothers Delmar Jr. and Gerald Moench.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, November 25, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, November 25, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Donna Peterson

November 27, 2018

I heard about Jerry's death through a posting on FB and heard more about his funeral through Pat McElveen, also a high school friend and an Austin resident. I was so sorry to learn this. I went to high school with Jerry. My twin sister, Diane Dittman Hanson, dated Jerry for several years. Therefore, I got many rides in Jerry's blue chevrolet. I remember him as being a smart guy who had a sense of humor and a ready smile. I learned from reading his obit that he worked for Centaur. I worked in a hospital lab for years and used Centaur instruments. I have always been in awe of people who actually developed these systems, rather than just operate them as I did.

I extend my sympathy to Jerry's family. Know he lives on in all of you. Cherish your memories.

Donna Dittman Peterson

Scott Remington

November 25, 2018

I remember when I started at Motorola in 1979 and Jerry, Bill, Al and Roger showed all of us fresh outs the details of DRAM and SRAM design, and I remember the fun we used to have at lunch on Friday afternoons at the Abbey Inn.

Shawn Searles

November 24, 2018

I had the great fortune to immediately starting working with and at times for Jerry when I moved to Austin in 2003 to join AMD. Jerry was a wealth of experience and talent. Wrapped in this amazingly selfless person who would help all who came to his office door.

For those that both know our field of Semiconductors and those that don't I want to share one of rarest of gifts that Jerry possessed. Normal people, like me, think of an idea. Put it onto paper. Simulate it. Make a circuit and simulate it again and again till it works. Only then do we go and make the final element that actually makes our creation real: the layout. Well not Jerry. He had the freak ability to see layout directly from his idea and simulate it in his head. He is only one of two people I have ever heard had this capability.

I recall a colleague and good friend Mike Ciraula say that one time a group of them had to make the schematic of Jerry's entire cache design to pacify a pesky manager's demand before letting the layout tapeout to FAB. Jerry was done and headed out on post tapeout vacation as is common (if you don't know what tapeout is and how it takes over your life please ask around) so there was no help. Needless to say with thousands of transistors all was perfectly working.

Jerry I miss our talks and lunches with all the guys. God speed my good friend and rest in piece on all jobs done well.

Pat McElveen

November 22, 2018

I have many good memories of Jerry in high school and he was a friend of Ray, too, and they were both at Mines together. He was a talented engineer. After Jerry and Judy moved to Austin, I would often see them at the HEB (grocery store) and we would catch up on our lives. I know he will be missed by many people.

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Biography

Jerry was born on June 1, 1949 in Redfield, South Dakota to parents Delmar and Thora (Gilbertson) Moench, the youngest of 3 boys. They grew up in the Aberdeen, South Dakota area. Jerry graduated from South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering on May 28, 1971 and immediately went to work for Motorola Semiconductor in Phoenix, Arizona. On August 21, 1971, he married Judy Chauncey whom he met while at School of Mines, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Jerry and Judy lived in Tempe, Arizona until 1975 when they moved to Austin, TX after Motorola transferred Jerrys design group there. Jerrys storied employment includes design engineering and manager positions for Motorola, AMD, Lattice, SUN, Centaur, and Oracle Corporations. During Jerry’s semiconductor design engineering career, he was the author and creator of multiple patents, and received 2 Fellow and other technical recognition awards.

Jerry was very active with his sons in Troop 513 Boy Scouts volunteering as treasurer assisting with several campouts and assisting many scouts achieve their merit badges. He coached basketball for boys and girls at Town and Country Optimist Club for multiple years. He also coached and supported many types of sports and activities through his boy’s childhoods. Jerry loved cheering for and is a season ticket holder for the Texas Longhorns, especially football and basketball. Hook ‘em Horns!! Jerry enjoyed golfing with his friends, and was always looking for good deals to buy! He was a founding member of Austin’s St. Thomas More Catholic Church, who recently celebrated their 40th anniversary.

Jerry is survived by his spouse of 47 years, Judy Chauncey Moench; sons, Chris (Audrey) Moench and Ryan (Lauren) Moench; grandson, Cooper Moench and granddaughter, Caroline Moench; Sister-in Laws Ellen Moench and Karen Moench, brothers and sister in law George, Joe and Jenny, their spouses and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Delmar and Thora Moench, and brothers Delmar Jr. and Gerald Moench.