OBITUARY

Gerald "Duke" Leo Grilliot

June 29, 1940March 30, 2019

With his loving wife Doris at his bedside, Gerald Leo Grilliot passed away on March 30, 2019, at Kindred Hospital in Ontario, California. For eleven months, Gerald was a patient in several medical facilities, endured many craniotomy surgeries and fought multiple complications following each surgery. Gerald was 78 years of age. He was born in McCartyville, Ohio, on June 29, 1940, to the late Bernard and Frances Grilliot. He was the youngest of 10 children --7 girls, 3 boys.

Gerald and Doris were happily married for nearly 38 years. They met when both were teachers at Stagg High School. Throughout his life, Gerald was a loving and caring husband, grandfather, father-in-law, brother-in-law, son, brother, and uncle. He was the loving father of Regina Woods and Andrea Reed-Machart; grandfather of Paige and Zachary Reed, father-in-law of Blaine Machart, brother-in-law of Janet Salvetti and Frances (Richard) Bozzano all of Stockton. He was also father-in-law of the late Shane Woods. Gerald is also survived by sisters Joan Grilliot (Columbus, Ohio) Ruth Gehrlich (Orlando, Florida), brother-in-law Joseph Schwartz (Cincinnati Ohio) and many nieces and nephew throughout the United States.

Gerald (known as “Duke” by family and friends) graduated from Anna High School and the University of Dayton both in Ohio. His summers were spent working at the family business--John Deere Implement and Sales--a top-selling dealership established by his late grandfather. Gerald received his BA degree in Mathematics from University of Dayton in 1962. With an earnest desire to teach, he began his career as a mathematics teacher at Kettering High School in Dayton, Ohio. In 1965 he was the recipient of a US government federal grant which enabled him to pursue an advanced degree in Mathematics. He attended Oregon State receiving his Master’s degree in 1966.

At Oregon State Duke met, and became acquainted with, a fellow grant recipient from Stockton whom he tutored in math. He encouraged Duke to experience teaching in California prior to returning to Ohio. Following several phone conversations and personal interviews, Duke was hired as a math teacher at Stagg High School where he taught from September 1966 until June 1969. Arriving in California in 1966, Gerald eventually became a permanent resident of Stockton. Every summer, he would travel home to Ohio to spend time with his family and friends. Duke also enjoyed fishing trips to Canada with his brother and Ohio friends.

From 1969 until his retirement in 2007, Duke was a mathematics teacher at St Mary’s High School. Throughout the years he taught advanced math classes, served as department chairperson, was a class advisor, participated in some school productions, and was advisor of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF). In 2003 Gerald was inducted into St. Mary’s Hall of Fame for his devotion to teaching students.

To both family and friends, his wife, Doris, often proudly referred to Gerald as “Mr. Math of St Mary’s High School.” Duke exemplified all the qualities and attributes of a truly exceptional, outstanding teacher and mentor. Well respected by his students, he impacted so many of their lives. Duke provided the ways for them to become successful in math, and he also provided them with the real-world, life-skills needed to become today’s successful doctors, lawyers, professors, business owners, government officials, parents, and even major league athletes. Duke had an innate passion for teaching and his students knew it. He was patient and fair. He always had time to help students both before and after school. Every school day he arrived an hour before and stayed an hour after the end of the school day. He was available to tutor any students needing additional help with a math lesson. Among his favorite sayings was “with patience everyone has the ability to learn math if shown the proper tools and skills needed to achieve the right answer.” For more than 30 years he was involved with California Scholarship Federation. He served on the state Board of Directors in several positions: State Treasurer, Vice-President, and ultimately as State President.

Throughout the years, Gerald occasionally taught an evening class at Delta College. His teaching mythology and patience enabled a blind student and ESL students to master the subject matter. In his younger years Duke performed in a few Stockton Civic Theater productions. He enjoyed bowling on the Stockton Teachers Bowling league and frequently bowled several perfect scores. Duke and Doris’ leisure times were spent at their condo in Incline Village NV. They enjoyed traveling and looked forward to summer weeks spent in Aruba, where the tourist bureau recognized them as Distinguished Guests/Goodwill Ambassadors for the many years they spent visiting the island. Cruising the high seas enabled them to visit new locations and repeat voyages to several of their favorite travel sites.

Gerald was preceded in death by siblings: Thomas Grilliot, Bernard (Elsie) Grilliot, Delores (Charles) Frilling, Irene Grilliot, Naomi (Walter) Schroeder, Marlene Schwatz, and Thelma (Sam) Kaup. Duke will be dearly missed by his family and those who knew him. Gerald “Duke” Grilliot touched many lives. Blessed are those who had the privilege to know him and the opportunity to experience his helping hand. He was the most thoughtful and giving person to so many individuals who will greatly miss his presence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Gerald's name may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, Shriner Children's Hospital, or a charity of your choice. Guests may sign the online guestbook at www.deyoungshorelinechapel.com.

Services

29 April

Visitation

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

DeYoung Shoreline Chapel

7676 Shoreline Drive
Stockton, California

29 April

Rosary

6:00 pm

DeYoung Shoreline Chapel

7676 Shoreline Drive
Stockton, California

30 April

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am

Church of the Presentation

6715 Leesburg Place
Stockton, California

30 April

Committal

San Joaquin Catholic Cemetery

719 E. Harding Way
Stockton, California

REMEMBERING

Gerald "Duke" Leo Grilliot

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Gerald Westerbeck

April 15, 2019

Duke was a great classmate at Anna HS all 4 years. We were the 2 Geralds in the class of 41 students. We took Latin and most classes together. Duke was smart and loved by everyone. He is surely renewing HS friendships in heaven with several others. RIP

Bill Aselage

April 15, 2019

Jerry was one of my classmates from 1st grade through 12th grade, a great friend and I have many great memories. Duke loved to jitterbug at our high school dances. I can remember he tried our for cheerleader for our basketball team. That was before male cheerleaders were acceptable for the high school cheering team and the basketball coach was very upset that he tried to be a member of the cheering team. Rest in Peace Jerry You will be missed..

Mary Kaup

April 15, 2019

Remembering so many times with Uncle Duke and Aunt Doris .... most recent were times they came to Phoenix Arizona!! We would meet for dinner and then Aunt Doris would go shopping and Uncle Duke and I would go gambling. So glad we had those times together.
Love, prayers, hugs and comfort in prayers being sent to Aunt Doris and all the family!

Joan and Bill Topp

April 12, 2019

ENJOYED MANY TRIPS TO TAHOE WITH HIM AND DAVE HUGHES, MANY YEARS OF TEACHING TOGETHER AT ST. MARY'S HIGH SCHOOL.

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