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 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 was held at the GL Johnson Chapel at Peoples Church, 7172 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno, CA, on Saturday, November 28, 2015.
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.
For more information and to see a slideshow of wonderful memories from Jerry’s life, please visit our page for Jerry here at obits.dignitymemorial.com.