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Jerry Mack Giles was born  Oct. 9, l938, in Vinita, Okla., to Oleta Dennis Giles and Troy John Giles. He died Nov. 22, 2014, after a very long battle with Alzheimer’s.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Troy John Giles Jr.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Rockwall; son and wife Brett and Francie Giles of Austin; son and wife Mark and Whitney Giles of Dallas; and a daughter and husband, Kristen and Jim Weichel of Rockwall. He also leaves a legacy of grandchildren, Victoria Giles, Alexandra Giles, Mack Giles, Joe Giles, Anna-Kate Weichel and Griffith Weichel.  He is also survived by his sister and his brother-in-law, Carol and Harold Paden of Oklahoma City; sister-in-law Dianna Giles Masters and husband Danny Masters of Edmund, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jerry graduated from Sand Springs High School in l956. He attended Miami Jr. College for two years before joining the United States Marine Corps. While in the Marines Jerry was accepted into the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program, which awarded him the opportunity to earn his BS in electrical engineering at Oklahoma University. It was during this time he married his wife of almost 53 years, Marilyn Cheatham Giles. Upon graduation he received his commission as a second lieutenant in the USMC. One year later he left Marilyn and his two sons in 29 Palms, Calif., to serve a 13-month tour in Vietnam. Jerry left the military with the rank of captain. He then began his career with Lucent Technology, which at that time had the name Western Electric. He earned his MBA while working at Western Electric in Oklahoma City. During his career he held numerous management positions, including manufacturing manager, engineering director, and plant facilities director. In October l994 Lucent Technology won the very coveted Deming Prize for quality management. Lucent Technology was the first American company to win this award. Jerry played an integral part in this accomplishment.
Following his professional career, Jerry and Marilyn retired to his cherished Serendipity Simbrah Ranch in Poetry, Texas. These years in the country shared with his family will leave a lifetime of cherished memories for many.
Jerry loved sports and spent years coaching and mentoring his children’s youth football, baseball and soccer teams. Jerry enjoyed playing tennis, handball, racquetball and golf. Golf was his favorite and even after the Alzheimer’s began to advance, he still handled the golf club with great skill. Jerry was reared and baptized as a youth in the Church of Christ. As an adult he was a member of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. He worked diligently in the church in numerous positions including chairman of the church board. In recognition of his contributions toward construction of the new church facility, a stained glass window resides in the sanctuary today in his honor.  
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 26, at First Christian Church, Rockwall, with Rev. Mark Irons officiating. Interment followed in Rest Haven Memorial Park.  
Donations may be made in Jerry’s memory to the building fund at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 3375 Ridge Road, Rockwall, TX. 75032 or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences may be made at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com and www.rockwallheraldbanner.com.
Published on  November 26, 2014
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