Gerald Gerry Maurice Desmarais

June 21, 1956January 16, 2011

GERRY DESMARAIS Gerry passed away on January 16, 2011, to the shock and devastation of his family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. He was born in Yakima, WA on June 21, 1956, the fourth of six sons born to Jeanne and Andrew Desmarais, and grew up in Moxee, Harrah, and Toppenish. He attended Toppenish High School where he excelled in sports and academics, was the valedictorian of the Class of 1974.

After attending Yakima Valley Community College, Gerry became a member of Cougar Nation and graduated from Washington State University in 1979 with a degree in mechanical engineering, which formalized his lifelong interest and aptitude for all things mechanical. Also while at WSU, Gerry met Lynn, a fellow engineering student, and began a relationship built on friendship, laughter, trust and devotion to family. They were married in 1982, and celebrated their 28th anniversary in December.

Gerry joined Boeing in October 1980 as a mechanical design engineer. Throughout his career, Gerry was frequently recognized for his significant contributions and accomplishments. He was instrumental in the development and design of many aerospace products for Boeing Defense Space and Security, and many research and development activities. Gerry was very highly regarded for his engineering design, innovation, professionalism, and friendship. His dedication and enthusiasm for the art of engineering has left an indelible impression and legacy within the Boeing Company and the community. Gerry will be deeply missed by the Boeing team where he served as a colleague, mentor and was a good friend to all.

Outside of work, the light of his life was his three children, David, John and Robin. He followed and encouraged all of their interests and activities, all the while imparting his strong sense of integrity and responsibility. Gerry volunteered his time generously with school and sports, including support of the elementary school science fairs and math enrichment programs, coaching baseball for many springs and summers, and most recently, supporting the robotics program at Lindbergh High School (Renton) and the current effort to expand the program’s level of competition. Gerry’s belief in the potential of young people was remarkable and inspirational.

Gerry’s passing at this time is a profound loss for so many. His boisterous, infectious laugh and quick wit, his humility, his endlessly challengeable intellect, and his attention to the little things that make life comfortable, meaningful, warm and secure will be greatly missed, and yet they are among the gifts that he leaves us. On behalf of the Desmarais family, we offer many thanks for the amazing outpouring of support and love we have experienced during the past week. It is truly the evidence of God’s love for us all and the power of community.

Gerry was preceded in death by his parents, Jeanne and Andrew, and brother Rick. He is survived by his wife Lynn, sons David and John and daughter Robin, all of Renton; brothers Bernie (Faith) of Ollala, WA, Dan (Linda) of Soldotna, AK, John (Karen) of Portland, OR, and Tom (Laura) of Menlo Park, CA, and sister-in-law Ruth of Richland, WA; nieces Corinne (TJ), Michelle and Andrea, and nephews Kenny (Courtney), Nick, Patrick, Joey, and Andrew.

A funeral mass will be held at 11am on Monday, January 24, 2011 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Renton, with a reception following in the church hall, and committal at 1:30 pm at the Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 12pm to 5pm on Sunday, also at Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton.

Memorial contributions may be made in Gerry’s name to the Lindbergh High School Robotics Program or to Communities in Schools of Renton (CISR). Donations to either organization may be sent care of: Renton School District, 300-SW 7th St., Renton, WA, 98057

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January 19, 2012

To Everyone:

I just wanted to say how sorry I am that we have lost Gerry. My heart is broken thinking about how much his loss is for all of us.

Gerry Lynn and the kids were always there for Andie & me after losing his brother Rick, Andie's dad, 3 1/2 years ago.

The only thing right now that gives me such peace is knowing that Gerry could not have left three better comforts for Lynn. David John & Robin will always be there for Lynn, And Lynn for them.

Always remember in the end all there is - is love.

And Lynn - when walking in the forest, when you get sad, just know Tyson is there - and waiting for you to throw the ball.

God Bless Gerry (I know he's safe with God) and God bless you all.

January 19, 2012

Uncle Gerry,

I really wouldn't know where to begin on explaining how much you meant and will always mean to our family, your smile and laugh on Christmas Eve is the last memory we will have of you ...

Jerry Hope

January 19, 2012

Rich, 2/23/11

Please pass my thoughts & prayers on to Lynn & family. I am really missing Gerry.

His guidance over the years through baseball & now 1st robotics was right on.

Mark McCutchen

January 19, 2012

Lynn, David, John, Robin,

It is with heart felt sympathy and unbelievable sadness that we say goodbye to Gerry. I know that he was so proud of his family and loved you all so very much. I know and hope that in time your memories will eventually allow you to find peace in your hearts for this loss. There will be times when memories will come flooding back and emotions will rise up in you. Celebrate those feelings because they are justified and you all deserve to remember your most precious times together. I know that you will lean on each other, family, and friends. Gerry will forever be a part of my life, and everyone elses that he ever knew because he was such a special guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time and I want you to know that I will always be available for anything that you might need or that I can help with.

My heart goes out to you all. Sincerely,

Kathy (and family) McMullin

January 19, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear husband. He accomplished so much during his time on earth and was blessed with a wonderful and beautiful family. The community will greatly miss him. He has shared and given so much to all, his influence and teachings will continue to bless many lives.

Please know that you and your children are in our thoughts and prayers. We know our Saviour loves you and we pray that He has you & your family encircled in His arms.

We send our love,

Ruth Ann & Mike Hickey

January 19, 2012

We are so sad that Gerry is so suddenly gone. Wow. It's a hard thing to grasp. I know the loss is very deep for you & your children.

We hope and pray every day God provides you with a measure of consolation ... and that you are able to know His deep love for you, as well as His deep sadness over your loss.

We are sad with you - Love,

Steve & Gwen Garman

January 19, 2012


ALthough he was taken from all of us far too early, please remember that you have many friends and family to help and support you.

The thoughts and prayers of my family are with you always.

Tom, Carol & David Rosser

January 19, 2012


Gerry and your family are held in very precious memories of sweet times together. He was an example to me in many ways and the evidence of both of your special qualities lies in your exceptional children.

If I can help in any way, EVER, please let me know.

You are precious to us.

Sr. Judy Desmarais

January 19, 2012

Lynn, David, John and Robin,

May our Provident God and our Mother of Sorrows be with you at this time, as well as the love & support of family & friends.


Aunt Mary Witt

January 19, 2012

Dear Lynn:

I talked to your Dad yesterday and he told me about your devastating loss. I'm deeply sorry for the worst possible thing that has happened to you and your children. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I most certainly will keep you & Jerry in my prayers.

God Bless You,