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Jerry Harper

June 26, 1954 - September 8, 2011
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Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive man, his compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing his charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. He was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things he sought to accomplish. Jerry was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around him. He generally had a focus on harmony and peace.        His parents were Luther ( Bill) and Juanita Harper. Jerry was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. When he was young, Jerry's friends and family found that “straightforward” and “honest” were perfect words to describe him. Even as a child, Jerry demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a disposition that was enjoyable to those around him.       Jerry grew up with two brothers. He had two older brothers, Larry and Likel. Jerry was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with his family. He was even-tempered, taking care not to get involved in too many family conflicts. This quality served him well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. Jerry carried these traits into his adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found him pleasurable and delightful to be around. Jerry was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others,...
Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive man, his compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing his charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. He was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things he sought to accomplish. Jerry was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around him. He generally had a focus on harmony and peace.

       His parents were Luther ( Bill) and Juanita Harper. Jerry was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. When he was young, Jerry's friends and family found that “straightforward” and “honest” were perfect words to describe him. Even as a child, Jerry demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a disposition that was enjoyable to those around him.

      Jerry grew up with two brothers. He had two older brothers, Larry and Likel. Jerry was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with his family. He was even-tempered, taking care not to get involved in too many family conflicts. This quality served him well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. Jerry carried these traits into his adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found him pleasurable and delightful to be around. Jerry was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making powerful connections with those he knew.

      As a young boy, Jerry was imaginative, ingenious, clever and a “novel” thinker. Regardless of whether his peers were older or younger, or came from different backgrounds, Jerry could easily relate to other kids. He was an active child who took part in baseball. He was a cub scout, boy scout and crossing guard. Jerry's memorable achievements included being the biggest in his classroom. However, to Jerry, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      During his high school years, Jerry had a natural flair for cheering on and applauding just about everyone. He was constantly offering his support and encouragement to fellow members of the groups and activities in which he participated. He graduated from Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1972. He did well in school and genuinely enjoyed telling stories in a way that drew people to him. In this way, Jerry had a talent for becoming the center of attention, a kind of social catalyst. Jerry was often found to be the lead person facilitating a group activity, frequently filling the role of being “the life of the party.” Teachers and classmates knew Jerry as an excellent listener. He placed a high value on learning and always understood that there was a new lesson to be grasped waiting for him just around the corner. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Jack Jones. He will be remembered for playing Defensive End on the Football Team.

      Jerry did well in college, as a result of his being intuitive and finely organized. He earned his Business Degree at the University of Cincinnati. He pledged Alpha ɸ Alpha Fraternity, LUC. The skill of being a good communicator helped Jerry immensely during his college days. He was comfortable with abstract information and theories and tended to thrive on the subjects that forced him to think. No matter what class it was, Jerry was always very perceptive and embraced the mental challenges that his college experience provided.

      Always considered a “good” friend, Jerry sought to understand the things that others enjoyed. For this reason Jerry always seemed to possess a never-ending collection of acquaintances. Jerry’s friends found him easy to know and get along with because of his talent for being socially at ease, adept at conversation, and always amiable in his dealings with others. Jerry would always seek to learn what his friends enjoyed, and he would go out of his way to make sure that their needs were met. Jerry was always seen as the type of person who was the more gracious giver. In fact, he sometimes felt ill at ease when he was the one on the receiving end. Throughout his life he had many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were Henry Stephens, Eugene Taylor, Marlin Harris, Bruce Harris, Susan Hiles, Terri Brown, Darryl Rowe and Wanda Davis. Later in life, he became friends with Tammy and James Randolph.

      Jerry was married on September 13, 1975 and September 13, 1987. Compassionate and devoted, Jerry worked hard to make his new family happy. By trusting his emotions, Jerry did his best to make sure that both the marriage and home life ran smoothly. This is just one more example of how Jerry was truly a person of empathy. For the last 12 years, Jerry shared a loving and faithful relationship with his fiancée, Bobbie.

      Jerry’s quality of being a caring and tolerant person who was very accepting of others translated to being a good father to his children. Jerry shared these values with his two children, two sons, Jameel and Jacob. Jerry related well to children of all ages and was able to connect to them on their level. The children always loved him and he was completely and totally devoted to them.

      Jerry experienced success in his work life over and over again. His primary occupation was his primary occupation was Engineering. He was employed for 21 years at Clark County Fire Department Station 13. Jerry always made the effort to understand what was needed at work, and was well known by his colleagues as a team player. Jerry took pride in managing his professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Jerry was one to take the initiative and his skills at working cooperatively were highly valued. Jerry continually sought to learn what his co-workers did well and how they were most effective, a talent that enabled him to help them develop their own potential.

      Because he was organized and methodical, Jerry took great pleasure in his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were traveling., wine making, candle making , t-shirts and multi level marketing. Jerry enjoyed sharing his passions with others and could singularly focus on one hobby at a time.

      Jerry derived much satisfaction from sports. Because he was so instinctive and could always grasp the big picture, Jerry delighted in the strategy and inner workings of a competition. Jerry was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite teams' events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were basketball although not a big fan of football.

      Throughout his life, Jerry was actively involved in professional and community organizations. With a talent for focusing in on exactly what was required to be completed, Jerry was known to his peers as being able to strengthen any group endeavor. When called on, Jerry was a natural leader who created harmony and good relationships within the group, often putting his own needs aside. Jerry’s involvement could easily help structure and organize any part of an organization. An added benefit was Jerry’s ability to bring valued principles along with him. In college, Jerry joined the ROTC- Air Force. Throughout his later years, Jerry was an active member of the Clark County Black Firefighters Association, he was past President. He was also a member of the Executive Development Institute of IABPFF.

      Jerry was well known to others for his ability to naturally and conscientiously move into action to help others, a quality that placed him as an active contributor to many community activities. Charismatic by nature, he was always viewed by others as someone who built bridges, connected to people, and upheld his personal values. Serving on committees for the education committee for the Las Vegas Chapter of the NAACP. Politically, Jerry was part of the Democratic Party.

      Jerry’s faith was important to him. He was a founding member of the Shadow Faith Church Ministries. During that time, he was Deacon. He was compassionate and warm hearted, someone who truly cared for others and that was clearly demonstrated in his work with the congregation.

      Though he never did anything solely for individual recognition, Jerry was given accolades for his many and varied efforts throughout his life. If the truth were known, Jerry was always a little uncomfortable with being singled out for recognition. Some of his most prestigious awards included certification as a Nevada Firefighter, Fire Apparatus Driver Operator and Emergency Medical Technician.

      Jerry enjoyed traveling, and because he was so well organized, he would take on the responsibility of planning and scheduling all of the family vacations. His gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Jerry were always enjoyable. Favorite vacations included an Alaskan Cruise, Bahamas, Jamaica and Australia.

      Jerry passed away on September 8, 2011 at Centennial Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his children, Jameel, Jacob and his fiancée Bobbie. Services were held at Palm Mortuary- Downtown.

      Throughout his life, Jerry was a gregarious and enthusiastic man. He was generous in sharing his personal attributes, giving and helping those he knew and loved. He would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. He was imaginative, original, tender hearted and easy to get along with. Jerry leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memory.

"My very late condolences to Jerry's family. I went to elementary school with Jerry, and then high school. We're getting ready for our 40th high school..." Ruth Benjamin Barham (Northampton, MA)

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