Jerome “Jerry” Blaine Marlatt of Hagerstown, Indiana passed away on October 26, 2021 at the age of 81.
He lived his life in Hagerstown and was the son of Howard and Grace (Lux) Marlatt. He attended Marmion Military Academy in Aurora IL for grades 9-11. He returned to Hagerstown for his senior year and graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1958. After high school, he joined the Air Force serving four years as a crew chief in both the Philippines and Vietnam.
Upon returning home from the military, he met and married the love of his life Jane (Maurer) Marlatt and together they started their family. He was the loving father of two sons and the proud grandfather of three grandchildren. He started his career with Perfect Circle in Hagerstown which later became Dana Corporation. He worked for them as Quality Engineer for 35 years before retiring in 1997. He continued to do independent consulting for several years following his retirement. Jerry had an adventurous spirit and loved trying new things.
Among his many adventures was sailing in the summertime. He sailed in Michigan and once sailed around the British Virgin Islands. He also sailed on Prairie Creek Reservoir where he was a member of the Muncie Sailing Club and served as Commodore of the club for five years. In the winters, he enjoyed snow skiing. He was a certified Level 1ski instructor and worked at Crystal Mountain Resort in Michigan. He specialized in teaching children, but also taught the “Retired not Tired” class. He enjoyed camping and the “Great Outdoors”. He was very active with the Boy Scouts of America both on a local and district level. Some of his many roles in scouting included Asst. Cub Master, Scout Master, District Chairman Old Trail District, District Round Table Commissioner, Merit Badge Counselor and District Training Chairman for scouts and cubs. He was awarded the Bronze Pelican for his service with youth in the Catholic Church. He was also awarded The Silver Beaver which is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self- sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not seek it.
He was a talented handyman and there wasn’t much he couldn’t do. His hobbies included working in his yard, woodworking (where he made boat parts, birdhouses, and many other projects), spending time with his family and hopping in the car with his wife Jane in search of a new adventure. He was always active in the community and believed in giving back to others. Among his civic endeavors, he participated in or was a member of the following: Hagerstown Jaycees, Life Member of the Board of Directors Boy Scouts of America, Optimist Club, Nettle Creek Players Board of Directors, member of Saint Anne and Saint Elizabeth Catholic Churches, Fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and Prison ministries at the New Castle Correctional Facility.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Jane “Janie”. His two sons Jeff (Tracy) of Winchester, VA, Johnn (Darlene) of Indianapolis and his two grandsons Blaine (Sydney) of Grandville, MI, Nic of Chicago IL, and his granddaughter Taylor of Indianapolis. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and his special friend Lorraine Borton of Walkerton, IN.
Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Anne’s Catholic Church, New Castle, Indiana.
Services for Jerry will be on Saturday, October 30th,2021 at 1:30pm at Saint Anne’s Catholic Church, 102 N19th Street, New Castle IN 47362
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