Gerald H. Black Sr.

Gerald Black Sr.


Feb. 24, 1935 — July 29, 2016

Gerald H. Black Sr. was born Feb. 24, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, to Shirley Holmes Black and Edna (Hainzinger) Black.

Gerald worked for his father at Sebastian Stuart (now Bornstein’s) while he was in high school. He graduated from Warrenton High School in 1954.

He married Dixie Loretta Newton on Sept. 14, 1958, in Aberdeen, Washington.

He joined the Army in November 1958, and was stationed in Korea from 1959 to 1961, where he ran portable water supply for troops installing Nike missile sites. He was in the Oregon National Guard with the rank of first sergeant, Company C’s Unit administrator.

Gerry worked with his father processing crab, clams and smoked seafood at Deep Sea Market in Seaside, where 7 Dees is today.

He attended Clatsop Community College and studied engineering, and then went to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1968. He was the regional wetlands compliance inspector until he retired in 2000.

Gerry enjoyed sports fishing with his family, gardening and reading about history. He coached Little League baseball for his son’s baseball team. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and attending Oregon State University football games.

Gerry is survived by his wife, Dixie; son Gerry Black Jr., and his daughter Britney (Dan) Carpenter, of Warrenton;

daughter Kathleen (Richard) Barber and her son Robert of Warrenton, and daughter ErikaJean (Chad) McDowell of Albany, Oregon; son Chris (Christy) Black and his daughter Alana, son Camden and stepdaughter Katie (Blake) Jerome of Hayden, Idaho; and sisters Jeanne Nordmark of Gearhart, Oregon, and Maryann (Dick) Kelly of Umatilla, Oregon.

He was preceded by death by his brother, Robert Black; mother, Edna; and father, Shirley.

A private ceremony will be held at a later date.

Caldwell’s Luce-Layton Mortuary in Astoria is in charge of the arrangements. An online guest book may be signed at

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