Jerry Marlin Cumberland entered into heaven on September 6, 2019. Jerry was born on November 9, 1950, in Oelwein ,Iowa.
He lived on a farm in Maynard ,Iowa where he grew up raising dogs, chasing farm animals and shooting out windows with a BB guns.
From a young boy Jerry always had a football in his hand. He played football throughout his school years and was known as the “ Cannonball Express” by the local newspaper when playing as a tackle and fullback for West Central School.
Jerry went on to play in college for the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Northwestern Red Raiders. He ended up with a knee injury that ended his football career but introduced him to a coaching career, which he pursued for the next 40 years.
He coached football, basketball and track for various schools and clubs. Jerry was a teacher and mentor to thousands of students throughout his career. Most of his teaching was done at Cactus Shadows High School where he quickly became a household name in the community .
At this time last year, he was inducted into Cactus Shadows Athletic Hall of Fame, which was a huge honor for him.
Jerry had a presence about him that will live on forever.
His passing is preceded by his: father Chester; mother Eva; deceased wife Randa; son Matthew; brothers Cleo and Gaylen; and nephew Nathan.
He is survived by his: wife Cindy; daughter Beth; son Blake and daughter-in-law Jolene; daughter Kjersti and son-in -law Erik; son Brandon; and seven wonderful grandchildren Kierra, Kaelea, Connor, Ava, Cristian, Alec and Owen.
The family had a “Touch down To Heaven“ celebration on Sept 21, at the Refuge Youth Center in Phoenix with a tailgating that followed. It was a glorious time with stories being told of how Jerry lives his life as a husband ,father, grandfather, teacher, mentor and friend. He was a true “man of love.”
A beloved man we have all been blessed to have in our lives!
Jerry will continue his coaching from Heaven and cheer all his loved ones on forever as his legacy lives on.