Jerry Lee Amerine passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2023. He was 85 years old. Jerry was born in Great Bend, Kansas on July 30, 1937, to Earl Marion Amerine and Zelma Fae (Doss) Amerine. Jerry graduated from Great Bend High School in 1955 and went to college one year in Weatherford, Oklahoma and the next year at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. He started working for KCKT television in Great Bend, as a cameraman, while he was still in high school. Television was very new in that area when KCKT opened. He spent most of his working life in various television stations. Jerry was one of the first to televise an active tornado. Later he had a career as a chef. Jerry was an avid bowler and liked to paint and travel. He moved to Rockport to be closer to family after losing part of a leg to diabetes.
Jerry is survived by three children: son, Curtis (Tonya) Amerine of Beeville, Tx.; daughters, Renee (Robert Hahs) Newcomb of Rockport, Tx. and Lori (Jason) Morris of Seattle, Wa.; his oldest son David Alan, passed away in 2021. Brothers, Don Amerine (Ann), of Agoura Hills, Ca.; Dale Amerine (Mona), of Parker, Co; Dennis (Kirsti) Amerine, of Pahrump, Nevada; two sisters, Janice Hudgins of San Angelo, Texas; Lisa Eskew (Bill) of Las Vegas, Nv; grandchildren, James Newcomb of Rockport, Tx; Laura Amerine of Spring Branch, Tx., Lauren and Addison Morris of Bentonville, Ar.; David (Carly) Amerine of Lenoir City, Tn.; great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Chloe and Lucas of Lenoir City, Tn.
He will be missed by friends and family.