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Jerry Irwin

August 9, 1939 ~ May 30, 2022 (age 82)


Jerry Irwin, 82, of Highlands Texas, passed away on May 30th 2022 after a brave battle with cancer. Jerry was surrounded by his loving family at the time of death. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Leslie Irwin and Lucille (Lucy) Mae Stubbs Irwin, by sisters, Joyce Irwin and Frances Muldrow, and brothers-in-law, Glen Muldrow and Kerry Gunn. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Susie Irwin, daughters Deanna Murray and partner John Hebert, Dr. Dawn McCarty and son-in-law, Dr. J. Rick Altemose, Jerriann Irwin-Nettles and beloved son-in-law Steven Nettles, sons Douglas Irwin and wife, Heather, Jesse Irwin, and step-son, Michael Harrison. Jerry’s humor, love, and support will always be cherished by grandchildren, Geoffrey Murray and wife, Angela, Reagan Nettles, Samantha Nettles, Patrick Irwin and Zane Newton. Jerry is survived by his siblings, Allan Irwin and wife Neva, Sharon Gunn, Debbie Kimmey and husband Randy. Jerry’s siblings were a precious part of his life exemplified by cherished annual trips to the Frio River, weekly breakfast celebrations, and sibling game nights. Jerry was always prepared with fun activities to share with his multiple nieces and nephews whom he loved. Jerry retired from Exxon-Mobile in 2000 after 30 plus years of dedicated work. Jerry was an important part of the history of Exxon-Mobile participating in the early days when Exxon-Mobile was known as Humble Oil. Jerry was an avid outdoorsman who spent much of time in nature. Jerry was a Master Gardener, certified by the Texas A&M Galveston County Master Gardeners’ Program and a Master Naturalist in training with Lower Trinity Basin Chapter of the Master Naturalist Program. Most notable, Jerry spent 27 years and countless hours in service to the Battleship Texas Foundation where he served as a tour guide of the ship and manager of the Overnight Program. Jerry was often recognized for his dedication to keeping the history of the Battleship Texas fresh in the memories of many. Jerry was known to his children as a great entertainer, teacher, and story-teller. Jerry has left his children a legacy of commitment to service, love of life, and obligation to being kind. Throughout his illness, Jerry expressed his gratitude for a life well lived. He took great comfort in his Christian Faith and in all the love he gave and received. He will be missed beyond measure. The family asks that donations be made in memory of Jerry Owen Irwin to the ship and service he loved -- Battleship Texas Foundation at


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June 2, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sterling - White Cemetery
11011 Crosby Lynchburg Road
Highlands, TX 77396

Funeral Service
June 3, 2022

10:00 AM
Second Baptist Church of Highlands
400 E. Wallisville Rd.
Highlands, TX 77562

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