May 3, 1936 — July 23, 2013
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Jerry was born on May 3, 1936, in Watsonville, Calif., to Antone “Tim” and Ludvina “Ludy” Bordges and was raised in Salinas, Calif. It was here that he grew up with his sister, Barbara, on the family ranch. He farmed in the Salinas Valley along side his father and uncles in his early years before and after graduating from Salinas High School in 1955. He furthered his education by earning an Associate of Arts degree after proudly serving his country in the U.S. Army.
In 1964 Jerry and his young family moved to Placerville, Calif. He worked at various jobs before finding his true passion in real estate. After obtaining his Broker and General Contractor licenses, he founded Bordges Realty and began a lifelong career as a developer and builder. Along with his son, Tim, he established Bordges and Son Timber and Bordges Construction.
Jerry’s adventures always kept him busy. He was a true family man who had a great love of the outdoors, taking his family on many memorable,fun-filled camping trips around the United States. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 1712 and a past member of the Jaycees, where he helped bring the Wagon Train to Placerville.
Jerry was blessed to have lived a rich and full life surrounded by the people he loved the most — his family and close friends. He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Janet; and four children, Karen (Brian) Neth of Los Altos, Timothy (Sharon Schavland) of Shingle Springs, Tracy (Gary) Coan of Cameron Park and Kristen (Thad) York of Encampment, Wyo.
We embrace our Dad and Papa’s spirit as we celebrate his life knowing that each of us was special in his eyes and someone he loved unconditionally. Thank you “Boss” for teaching us what is important in life. You will always be our inspiration and guiding light. Love, your grandchildren, Anthony Jorgensen, Niki Neth Jorgensen, Megan Hacker, Brad Hacker, Matthew Bordges, Michael Bordges, Marcus Bordges, Kaila Bordges, Courtney Coan, Travis Coan and Alexandria Coan and Kasen York; and great-granddaughter, Joss Jorgensen.
Jerry is also survived by his sister, Barbara Collier; brother-in-law, Joseph (Margaret Hagan) Neary; sister-in-law, Colleen (Larry) Bettiga; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services have been held.