Senior Grand Warden, RW Jerry K. Lingle

Jerald Keith “Jerry” Lingle, 57, died on Friday, August 19, 2011 at his home in Shelton, WA. He was born
on March 25, 1954 to Earl Bernard and Alberta Mae (Downs) Lingle in Herrin, IL. Jerry graduated from
North Thurston High School in 1972 and attended St. Martin University. On October 24, 1992 he was
married to Joyce Maye by Judge Sawyer at the courthouse in Shelton.

He became a member of the Shelton Police Department in 1984 and was promoted to patrol sergeant in 1990. During the span of his 24 year career, he was assigned to WestNet, was the detective sergeant for the criminal investigations division, provided unarmed defensive tactics instruction for both the police and sheriff’s department, operated as the reserve coordinator for the Mason County/Shelton Reserve Academy and he acted as
the school resource officer for the Shelton School District. He was presented with a commission card from the Mason County Sheriff Department resulting in Lingle being the only officer commissioned by both the Shelton Police Department and the Mason County Sheriff’s Department at the same time. He received numerous awards and accommodations including Officer of the Year.

Jerry spent three years as an EMT volunteering in his off duty time to the Mason County citizens, responding to emergency calls and backing up emergency crews when needed. He formed SAFELIFE, a personal security company. He taught safety and defense classes to personnel involved with emergency medicine, members of the Department of Social and Health Services, outside security agencies and the general public. After retiring from the police department, he was employed by Little Creek Casino and Resort, first as the training officer and then as Assistant Chief of Security. Jerry became a Mason County Commissioner on January 1, 2011 and served until his death. He was involved with the fraternal organization of Masonry since 1978 and was recently installed as the Senior Grand Warden of the Most Worshipful Grand Masonic Lodge of Washington. Jerry was also involved in numerous charities.

His family said that it was his honest approach, warm smile and genuine respect for all people that drew people to him and were the qualities that everyone will miss. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Clifford, David and Delbert Lingle. Jerry is survived by his wife, Joyce Lingle; brothers, Dennis Lingle (Denise), Roger Lingle (Rita), Steven Lingle (Cheri) and Rick Lingle (Rita); daughters, Sara Stalcup (Bob), Alicia Lingle and Melissa Budge (Ben); sons, Joseph Cavallero and Franklin Lingle; granddaughters, Allora Cavallero and Isabelle Aldrich; immediate family Missy, Michelle and Sean Bone and Rayel Simpson; numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and cousins.

The memorial service was held August 28, at Little Creek Casino and Resort event center. A full fire and law enforcement procession preceded the service. He was honored by the Grand Masonic Lodge of Washington, the two commissioners and Sheriff Casey Salisbury, with personal sharing by his daughter Sarah, his wife Joyce and his son Frank, followed by a release of balloons outside the center.


Jerry K Lingle
Courtesy of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge Of Washington

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