Gerald Ross Crum, 59, a resident of Carson City, died June 1, 2008 at University of California Medical Center in San Francisco. He was born January 28, 1949 in Woodland, Calif.
Jerry served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from the Naval Electronics School in Great Lakes, Ill. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from California State University Chico.
Jerry worked as an electronics technician for Bently Nevada in Minden. He also served as a volunteer for U.S. Senator Richard H. Bryan's office in Carson City.
Throughout his long battle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Mantle Cell Lymphoma, Jerry lobbied the Nevada state Legislature and Congress for research funding for these diseases. He was instrumental in helping to start the lobbying efforts in Congress for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Jerry was an avid fly fisherman and helped to start fly-fishing retreats for cancer survivors operated by Casting for Recovery and Reel Recovery in Northern Nevada.
Jerry is survived by his wife Colleen "Coco" Crum; parents Robert and Gladys Crum; brother and sister-in-law Robert Crum and Linda Dosey, all of Carson City; sisters and brothers-in-law Carol and Mike Gaston and Connie and Steve Pepper; nephew and wife Jeff and Bree Wedell; nephew Mark Wedell, all of Chico, Calif. and aunt Aileen Halko of Vacaville, Calif.
He is also survived by mother and father-in-law Jerry and Vivian Crowell of Fallon; nephew and niece Allen and Elena Saine and grandniece Cassandra Saine, all of Phoenix.
A memorial service will be 3 p.m., Saturday at Saint Peter's Episcopal Church in Carson City. A private burial is planned at a later date.