Dr. Gerald Allen Moore, “Jerry”, age 79, of San Diego, CA. passed away February 10, 2022. Between 2007-2010 he was diagnosed with three terminal illnesses that he never let slow him down until he could simply go no further.
Jerry was born in San Francisco General Hospital August 12, 1942 to Grace Ivy and Charlie Moore. Waiting at home were his siblings Bob and Jeanne. Soon he was big brother to Linda and Jimmy. It would be a few more years before Nancy and Kathy Moore were welcomed by the family. Jerry always referred to them as his baby sisters even after they attended college. Jerry attended Sir Francis Drake High School and then immediately joined the U.S. Navy under Commander in Chief, President John F. Kennedy.
Jerry married his first wife while in the military and they opened a chain of beauty shops. Jerry also obtained his license and worked in the shops. They eventually opened a school and Jerry won awards for his work in Hair Stylist competitions.
His next marriage produced his son, Michael Moore, and Jerry went on to pursue a career as a licensed contractor and real estate broker in the early 1970's. He had a lifelong passion for real estate, development, construction and design.
Jerry met his wife, Joyce Swineheart Moore in 1975 when he attended a premiere of Towering Inferno at Crisis House where she was working. He became interested in providing mental health services and combined his business knowledge with Joyce's mental health goals. He obtained a degree in psychology and during their 47 years together they developed various types and levels of mental health services in four Southern California counties. Best friends and business partners, Joyce and Jerry made a profound difference in their field, both politically and in the lives of the families they served.
Jerry always enjoyed spending time with his stepchildren, Marty and Jodi Swineheart. And was honored to walk Jodi down the aisle, along with her father, on her wedding day.
Together, Joyce and Jerry welcomed Dana Gabrielle Moore into the world. His daughter won his heart the day she was born and Jerry chose to be her primary caregiver during her childhood. His support was never failing and together they enjoyed Scuba Diving, showing horses and eventually a love of vintage cars and a passion for car racing.
Jerry was very proud of his step-granddaughter, Leanne, and would speak of her educational accomplishments and devout faith when given the opportunity. He very much adored his granddaughter, Carson Storms, who gave him the name Silly Papa, and spent endless hours playing with her and happily catering to her every need.
Well known for his sarcastic sense of humor and always offering his opinion, Jerry loved flying airplanes, piloting boats and traveling. He encouraged others to pursue their dreams while pointing out the only thing getting in their way would be an unwillingness to try. He always had a solution for every obstacle, one time telling a kid who was feeling defeated by his struggle with spelling “Don't let that hold you back in life. You can hire a speller." Jerry often believed in people more than they believed in themselves.
In keeping with the beginning of their life together, his wife, Joyce, was a constant companion and became his caretaker during the final two years of his life. Their love and admiration for each other never ended.
Preceded in death by his parents, Grace and Charlie Moore, siblings, Jimmy Moore and Jeanne Szody, and his son, Michael Moore, Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Dr. Joyce Swineheart Moore, his daughter, Dana Moore Storms, granddaughter, Carson Storms, along with several friends and family members. Memorial donations may be made to Father Joe’s Villages at my.neighbor.com.