Jerry Ring |

Jerry Ring

Jerry Ring, a Basalt resident from 1975 until 1999, passed away at the family home on the coast of The Olympic Peninsula on Wednesday, April 20 after a nine-month battle with a rare form of cancer.

She fought the disease with the same courage and grace that exemplified everything she did. Jerry and her lifelong partner, Bill Fitzsimmons, raised their four children in the Basalt School system.

Jerry was a fulltime volunteer in the valley with over 20 years of service on Basalt Rescue. She was responsible for starting the Basalt junior soccer program and taught special education with the school system. She worked for Mt. Ambulance, and with the kids, Geoff, Brooke, Becky, and Will, was a fixture on area mountains during ski season. Bill and Jerry sold their business, Taylor Creek Fly Shop, in 1999.

They lived in the Florida Keys before moving to Washington state four years ago.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers those who wish make a contribution in Jerry’s name to the Feiro Marine Life Center. The Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote marine conservation and education.

A fund has been established at the center in Jerry’s name to recognize her lifelong support of youth and her love for the marine environment. Donations can be sent to FMLC – Jerry’s Fund, PO Box 625, Port Angeles WA, 98362.

Celebration of Life on April 30 at 5 p.m. at the Feiro Marine Life Center, Port Angeles, WA.

The loss of Jerry’s ever present smile leaves this world a much poorer place. She is missed.

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