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Jerry Lee Gayer, age 81, and most recently of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on December 20, 2020. He was born on September 12, 1939 in Lebanon, Indiana to Marrietta (Todd) and Donald Gayer.

Jerry was an Army Veteran and served in the 3rd Infantry in Germany. He loved the outdoors and went on to attend the Minnesota School of Forestry and served in the U.S. Forest Service.

With a focus on tree conservation he spent many years at Davey Tree, and went on to form his own business, which he continued until retirement. He loved baseball, and the Detroit Tigers. Jerry made friends wherever he went, and spent his later years in Livermore, CA, Truth or Consequences, NM, and Mesa, AZ.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Don and Marietta; and brother, Joe.

Jerry is survived by his sister, Donna Martin ("The best big brother a little sister could have"); daughters: Christine Metcalf, Amy Sweigert (John), Suzanne Salmon (Andy), Teresa Tipps (Dan), Carol Shaffer, and Jayme Collins (Brian); his son, Jeremy Gayer; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews

Due to the pandemic, services will be held at a later date.

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