OBITUARY

Dr. R. Craig Jerner

October 12, 1938April 10, 2018
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Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, R. Craig Jerner passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, surrounded by many family members. Craig was born on October 12, 1938, the son of Marie and Roland Jerner in St. Louis, Missouri. Craig graduated from Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1961 and a Masters in Metallurgical Engineering in 1962. He received his Doctorate in Metallurgy from the University of Denver in 1965. He began his career as a professor at the University of Oklahoma, where he held a number of positions through 1978, teaching Metallurgical Engineering and becoming Assistant Dean of Engineering at the young age of 28 years old. He entered the private sector joining Engineering and Materials Technology Corporation (EMTEC) in 1979 holding the position of Senior Staff Professional and also serving as President until 1987. In 1988 he moved to Richardson, Texas, from Norman, Oklahoma, and opened Jerner Engineering, Inc. serving as President through 1995. In June 1990, Craig formed J.E.I. Metallurgical, Inc., a company he operated until his accidental death while on a client inspection in Miami, Florida. Dr. Jerner was recognized as an expert in his field, receiving many awards and teaching in several countries. He investigated over 1700 metal related accidents and failures, gave over 300 depositions and testified in close to 100 federal and state courts. His passion for metallurgy and his work was only surpassed by his love of his family. He loved traveling the world with his wife, Jann, and constant companion Lambchop, his dog who went to work with him every day. He always made time to support his grandchildren’s activities, whether it was attending ball games, plays or programs. He was a loyal supporter and season ticket holder to the Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Oklahoma football program. Craig is a long-time member of Waterview Church of Christ, where he served as the prayer team leader for 14 years. Craig is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jann Scarlett, son Mike (Angela), daughter Lisa Jerner Hodges (Charlie), son Stephen Jerner (Michelle), and daughter Beth Jerner, stepchildren, Christopher Scarlett (Gina), Terri Herdlicka (Wayne). Craig is also fondly remembered by his 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 13, 2017, from 7-9 PM at Sparkman Funeral Home, 1029 S Greenville Ave, Richardson, TX 75081. A celebration of his Craig’s life will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 2 PM, at Waterview Church of Christ, 1409 N Waterview Drive, Richardson, TX 75080. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, TX.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, April 14, 2018
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Dr. R. Craig Jerner

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CARL Rogers

April 15, 2018

Jann, Beth, and all the family,
I am so shocked and upset with the loss of Craig. My heart breaks and goes out to each one of you. I was there when Jann and Craig first met. Craig was a great friend and support through this many years. His upbeat happy attitude is an example for all of us. His capabilities and knowledge as an engineer is a another standard for us to try and achieve. He loved his family and children, we took Beth and my daughters on a couple of trips, so many memories. Love to you Jann and all the family, we shall pray for all.

Love
Carl Rogers

Michelle Jerner

April 13, 2018

Michelle Jerner

April 13, 2018

Michelle Jerner

April 13, 2018

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