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Jerry Wayne Harris, Nov. 12, 1944 – Nov. 24, 2020

Jerry Wayne Harris was born in Bakersfield, Calif., on Nov. 12, 1944, to Herman Spencer Harris and Helen Frances Lanterman. After graduating South High in Bakersfield, Jerry went on to work in farming, he then worked 20 years for Columbian Chemicals Co. in the Mojave area. Upon the plant closing, Jerry attended Santa Barbara Business College. After graduating, he worked for Prudential for a short while. Jerry soon met Linda Thorndill and they were married on Sept. 1, 1990. Jerry then went on to work 14 years as a tanker truck driver for Pan Pacific Petroleum.

It is said that Jerry could fix just about anything and enjoyed working on cars. He fully restored a 1931 Ford Model A and entered it into the Mountain Festival parade in Tehachapi for about 26 years. He had a great faith and loved Christ, his family and many friends. With a servant’s heart, Jerry would reach out to those in need. Children seemed to especially love Jerry and would gravitate toward him. As one of the founders, Jerry dedicated himself as a member of the Mountain Bible Church in Tehachapi for 47 years.

God took his son, Jerry, home on Nov. 24, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Linda Harris, whom he loved and trusted; his brother, Rick Harris (Rhonda); his sister, Vickie Orton (Kevin); his daughters, Angela McCuan (Bill), Kathryn Salcido (Mark), Karen Harris, and their mother Cheryl Sager; his step-daughters, Lorie Beaumont (Mike) and Teresa Burgi (Gabriel).

Jerry is also survived by his grandchildren, Stacey Miller, Jennifer Hill, Kimberly Bachman, Kevin Beaumont, Joshua Beaumont (Emma), Ryan Beaumont, Jake Thorndill, Karlie Jackson, Avery Burgi, and Mason Burgi; and by his great-grandchildren Kendyl Walker and Carter Bachman; and by many nieces and nephews.

Jerry’s passing was preceded by his mother, Helen Lanterman; his sister, Joanne Cobb; his brother, Tommy Harris and his granddaughter, Brynia Harris-Czubko.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Optimal Hospice at optimalhospicefoundation.com

Wood Family Funeral Service was entrusted with his care. For condolences, please visit woodmortuary.net.

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