OBITUARY

Jerry Lee Baird

April 13, 1936November 13, 2015
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Jerry Lee Baird “JB”

After a wonderful life's journey, Jerry Lee Baird, also known as "JB," age 79, of Fresno, CA, left his beloved family on Friday, November 13, 2015.

Jerry graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1954, and attended Fresno State College majoring in accounting. Jerry was brilliant with numbers and acted as an accountant, controller, and business manager for several prominent agribusinesses. In 1960, Jerry married Phyllis Wood of Tranquility, CA.

In 1967, Jerry began a 48 year career as an independent insurance agent specializing in commercial, agribusiness and crop insurance. In 1973, he founded Jerry Baird Insurance Agency. He not only took pride in his business, but truly relished friendships he made during his career. Jerry never met a person he couldn't talk to. He kept in touch with his friends from high school days, Fresno State College, California Air National Guard, Shriners Mounted Patrol, as well as valued friends from Tranquility and the Westside. Jerry had a passion for showing and collecting classic cars. He had many wonderful "Car Guy" friends.

Jerry was a charismatic and adventurous soul who touched the lives of many people. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A life-long Sinatra fan... JB, You Did It Your Way!

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Willard "Bill" and Marguerite Paladino Baird.

He leaves his loving wife of 30 years, Linda Baird; son, Jace Baird and his wife Lisa; daughter, Alyson Gorubec and her husband Richard; step-daughters, Melinda Little and her husband Lance, and Tricia Worthington. Jerry was proud to be called "Papa" by his nine grandchildren: Brock Gorubec, 26; Ross Baird, 24; Beau Gorubec, 22; Austin Baird, 22; Damon Geringer, 21; Taylor Geringer, 19; Connor Baird, 18; Cameron Little, 12; and Tanner Little, 11. He is also survived by his siblings, Beverly McMichael of Woodruff, SC, Art Baird of Fresno, CA, Gary Baird and his wife Deb of Oakdale, CA, and Deborah Johnson and her husband Bob of Fresno, CA.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the GL Johnson Chapel at Peoples Church, 7172 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno, CA, on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, send remembrances to American Lung Association 4948 N. Arthur Ave. Fresno, Ca. 93705; or the American Diabetes Research Institute P.O. Box 1144, Alexandria, VA., 22312.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, November 28, 2015
REMEMBERING

Jerry Lee Baird

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Kim Sullivan

December 19, 2015

To the Baird family; our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. What a great man he was. And a legacy that could never be matched. He will certainly be missed always. God bless you all.

larry Toback

November 25, 2015

Jace, so very sorry to readof your fathers passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during your time of loss. May your fathers memory always be a blessing

Caroline Barnes

November 25, 2015

I have always heard Jerry's name over the years...I met him several times while we were in Fresno...My husband Dale always admired him. Jake would always talk about their fun times together...Its always sad to say farewell to an old friend... My sympathies go out to the family... Hoping you will find peace knowing he is in the Lord's hand now...

November 25, 2015

Those of us that knew him "way back when" know what a loss this is. He was not only good , he was special! I should have visited him more often, but I always thought he would be around long after some of us were gone.
Thanks for your friendship Jerry. If I am lucky enough in the future to go where you are now I'll give you a hug for old times.
Aloha, Dale Barnes

November 24, 2015

My friendship with Jerry started with him as a customer. I was fortunate to get to "really" know him and count him and Linda as my friends after I married John. Linda, Jace, you know how much we loved the Jer. John is devastated. As a side note, WHO is going to host our Super Bowl parties. The Beards house is a hard act to follow. Love you all. God bless you. Ceil

Martin Britz

November 24, 2015

Jerry was a good man and a good person. He will have a special place in my heart and many others.

Carla Farrell

November 23, 2015

My deepest sympathy to Jace and the entire family, Jerry was such a nice guy and he will be missed by many that knew him. God's mercy and blessings to all of you!

November 23, 2015

Condolences to your family Brock at this sad time. Your grandpa was a special man & will be missed but not forgotten!
Sincerely,
Cindie Kiesz

Guy Morrison

November 22, 2015

Here is to a great Independent Agent, Bulldog & Roughrider! He will be missed by us all! Salute! My sadness extends to you the family but know that you will continue the best that Papa had to offer. Jace ... I have admired your father throughout the years & share that same admiration with you. God hold you guys up during this time!

Joyce & Steven Huber

November 22, 2015

"Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time"
We think of you often...