On September 27, 2017, long time resident of Perris and Riverside, California, Gerald "Jerry" Wayne Doyle passed away from heart failure in Rocklin, California. Born in Bristow, Oklahoma to farmer Homer F. Doyle and Glennie M. (Winnett) Doyle in 1935, Jerry moved to Calfornia as a young child. He overcame many adversities in childhood and graduated from Poly High School, in Riverside, California, in 1954.
After graduation, Jerry enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed at Ladd AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska Territory. His high school sweetheart, Theresa "Terry" Spencer married him in Alaska on July 1, 1956. Their first son, Greg, was born there in the summer of 1957.
Jerry was transferred in 1958 to March AFB, in Riverside, California. Their second son, Jeff, was born there in the spring of 1959. Terry and Jerry were married just over 60 years before Terry passed away unexpectedly in January 2017.
In 1963, Jerry joined the Riverside Sheriff's Department, rising to the rank of Lieutenant in 1966. He served as a patrolman, patrol sergeant, Department rangemaster and ended his career in the detective homicide bureau. While serving with RSD, he was a member of the competitive pistol team and earned State honors from Governor Ronald Reagan as a Grand Master.
Jerry also earned a Bachelor's degree from Long Beach State and a Master's degree in Public Administration from USC. He was a member of Toast Masters and Rotary during his law enforcement career.
In 1975, Jerry resigned from RSD to become the Chief of Police with the City of Chino, California. He spent much of his time changing the culture within the Department and improving relations and the Department's reputation with the public. He was fired in 1980 and sued the City of Chino for violating his due process rights in his dismissal.
A few years later, Jerry won his lawsuit, which became California case law (Doyle v. City of Chino.) This court case helped to guarantee due process rights for peace officers in personnel actions statewide.
Jerry unsuccessfully ran for Sheriff in Riverside, California in the mid-1980s, but never worked in law enforcement again after the Chino incident. In the 1990's, Jerry worked for the County of Riverside DCA as the director of homeless services. He retired from the workforce in 1998.
He and Terry bought property in 1980 in an unincorporated area of Perris, California, in Riverside County, and built their retirement nest on two and one half acres of property they named J/T Ranch. For a time, Jerry did private investigative work.
Jerry sold the property in March 2017 after Terry's passing.
Among friends and family, Jerry was known best for his love of gadgets, poker, a great sense of humor, storytelling, generosity and hospitality. He and Terry hosted many family gatherings at J/T Ranch and spent a large part of life there with grandchildren.
Later in life, Jerry openly professed his faith in Jesus Christ. Nobody said a mealtime blessing quite like Jerry Doyle! He also tried his hand at wood carving (you have not lived if you do not own a duck by Jerry), and painting still life.
Jerry is preceded in death by his father Homer (1961), older brother Jesse (1974), mother Glennie (1999), son Jeffrey (2015), and beloved wife Terry (2017).
He is survived by his son Gregory (his wife Linda), Jeffrey's wife Loni, his grandchildren Jennifer, Lynnette (her husband Kris), Jessica (her husband Brian), Brian (his wife Michaelene), Sarah (her husband Anthony), Cameron, and Carra; his nieces: Colleen (her husband Tom, sons Mike and Nick), Victoria (daughter Stephanie), Bonnie (her husband Dave, daughters Wendy and Cheryl), Sharon (and her children); his sister-in-law Loraine (and her husband Bob); great grandchildren Lyzander, Jesse, David, Paul, Phinehas, Elise, Tobias, Daniel, Liam, Abigail, and Sebastian.
Jerry made a difference in so many lives throughout his time here on Earth. As a family, we invite you to share your condolences, thoughts, stories and prayers in his passing in the "Journal" section of this site.
Jerry's remains will be cremated and there will be a private memorial for the family out-of-state at a later time.
May God Bless You as you celebrate his life with us!