Jerry W. Jaquess passed away at his home in Las Cruces on Oct. 2, 2012, at the age of 73, surrounded by family and friends, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Jerry lived his life seeking to honor and serve God, his family, and his community.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Beula and Curtis Jaquess, an infant son, Jody, and his father-in-law, Milton Stetson. He leaves behind his wife Jeanette, of the home; daughter Janna Jaquess Freshour and husband Steve, of Hudson, Colo.; son Joel Jaquess and wife, Ann, of Las Cruces, and their son Josiah, Jerry’s only grandchild, who held a very special place in his heart. Jerry was the oldest of a close-knit family of six siblings, who will miss him greatly: Pete Jaquess and wife Berta, of San Diego; Carolyn Jaquess Douglass and husband Jim, of Ruidoso; Randy Jaquess and wife Brenda, Virgel Jaquess and wife Ann, and Larry Jaquess, all of Roswell; and John Jaquess and wife Janet, of Las Cruces. Jerry is also survived by many nephews, nieces, and cousins, all of whom hold fond memories of Jerry’s winning smile and warm laughter as he spent many hours with them in family gatherings over the years. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Jean Stetson, and sister-in-law Margie Nunez.
Jerry was born May 20, 1939, in Earth, Texas, to Beula and Curtis Jaquess, and was raised learning how to build and repair things.
Throughout his life he had a love of tinkering and creating, which showed in all his handiwork, whether it was cars, machinery or construction. He moved to Roswell with his family in 1956, where he met and then wed the love of his life, Jeanette Stetson, on July 2, 1960. They soon moved to Las Cruces with their two young children, Janna and Joel, in 1964, to establish Jaquess Construction Co., where Jerry worked alongside his father Curtis, an accomplished carpenter. Their company played a large part in the construction boom of Las Cruces, helping to build many of the homes and other buildings in town. He continued building until last fall, when his illness forced him to retire.
Being very generous with his time and resources, he was always ready to help a family member or friend in any way he could, whether it was helping them build a home, giving them a car to use, or a place to stay. He also mentored many in the construction industry, including his younger brothers, nephews, and his own son Joel, who eventually started his own construction company. In 1972, he joined a group of other businessmen to help start the Gospel Rescue Homeless Mission in Las Cruces, and was a board member there until his health forced him to retire. Jerry will be missed by so many, but he will be remembered as a man who loved his Lord, his family and his friends, and who was generous and kind. A celebration of Jerry’s life will take place at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Mesilla Park Community Church, 3101 S. Main, Las Cruces. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Mesilla Valley Hospice, or Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission.