Jewel Dean McGettrick lost his battle with cancer on September 12, 2020, in Tucson, Arizona at the VA Hospital. He was born on June 28, 1932, in Webb, Oklahoma, to Peter Michael & Jessie Barker McGettrick with siblings Dewayne, Vivian, Veryl, Garvin, Dennis, and Dale.
Jewel graduated from high school in Cortez, Colorado in May of 1951, and joined the United States Navy in September of that same year. He proudly served his country as a radioman until being honorably discharged in September of 1955.
He began working as an electrician in the construction industry and married his lovely wife, Mary Louise Curtis, on August 16, 1956, in Cortez at the First Baptist Church. The couple was blessed with 3 children; Bonnie Kay, born on May 6, 1958, in Grand Junction, Colorado, David Dean, born on January 14, 1962, in Denver, Colorado, and Debra Ann, born on April 13, 1964, also in Denver, Colorado.
Jewel enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, western movies, books, and working with wood, anything to do with his hands. He gave his life to Jesus at an early age and was baptized at the age of 12 while attending the First Baptist Church in Cortez. He was a quiet, gentle-natured man who dearly loved the Lord and his family. He was a good provider and enjoyed his work. Jewel was truly loved by all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Louise McGettrick of Safford; his children, Bonnie K. (Steve) Chartier also of Safford, David D. (Elaine) McGettrick of Pinedale, Wyoming, and Debra A. (Rodney) Tucker of Cortez. He is also survived by his brothers Dennis (Karen) McGettrick of Des Moines, Iowa, and Dale (Carole) McGettrick of Gainesville, Florida; 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Jewel is preceded in death by his parents Peter M. & Jessie A. McGettrick, his sister Vivian, and his brothers Dewayne, Veryl, and Garvin McGettrick.
A service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Evangel Assembly Church in Cortez, followed by a graveside service at the Cortez Cemetery and a 1:00 p.m. meal at the church.
Published in The Journal on Sep. 21, 2020.