Gerald Leonard Foy, age 82, of Yakima, went to be with his Lord on June 5, 2019, after a short battle with cancer. Born in Yakima on Oct. 2, 1936, to Ted and Dolores (LaFramboise) Foy, Jerry attended Marquette High School and married his high school sweetheart, Joy Lynn Heintz, on Oct. 8, 1955. Joy passed away in December of 2017, leaving a big hole in Jerry’s life.
Jerry worked for Pacific Northwest Bell for 33 years retiring at the age of 53, a career he enjoyed. He went on to a couple more years working at various jobs but his real enjoyment was helping and serving in the communities of which he and Joy lived. They both did this well. They were very involved with the Catholic communities of each city they lived, faith being most important in their lives. He served on the city councils in Aberdeen and Yakima as well as mayor of Aberdeen for a term. In Yakima he worked on the Central Washington State Fair board for 12 years, a yearly event that brought his huge family together. Jerry, a handyman, helped many family members, neighbors, friends and strangers throughout his life, leaving a wonderful example for his children and their families.
He is survived by his five children, Greg (Laurie), Rick, Therese Backholm (Doug), Tammie Corrigan (Terry), and Geoff (Bonnie) and his 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Fred and Ken (Ly), and a sister-in-law, Marian Heintz.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and step-dad, Ed Foy (brother to Ted), his brother Fred’s wife, Sue and their son, Fred Jr. and also his Godparents, Leonard and Eliane Dufault, who played a huge role in his life.
Jerry wants you to know that God, family and community matter.
There will be a memorial Mass on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church (5315 Tieton Dr, Yakima, WA 98908). Brookside Funeral Home is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.brooksidefuneral.com.