HERMISTON — Gerald Lloyd “Jerry” Boullester, 77, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, of a heart attack while doing what he loved out in his field in Hermiston. As per his wishes there will be no formal service, and he will be cremated. His celebration of life will be Saturday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. at 80564 Umatilla River Road, Hermiston.

Mr. Boullester was born Aug. 31, 1933, in Silverton to Warren “Bo” Irving Boullester and Ora Grace Woodward Boullester. He grew up in Pilot Rock, where Warren worked as a pilot instructor during World War II.

When he was 12, Warren was killed in airplane accident. He then went to live with the Michaels. As a ranch hand he participated in the last chuck wagon cattle drive on the Vey Ranch. In addition to working, he continued his education and graduated from Pilot Rock High School.

 In 1958 he married Sharron Mae Boyer of Pilot Rock. During their marriage of five years they had three children: Jerri Lynn, Lorraine Annette and Dianna Kathleen. He supported his young family by working as a redwood logger in Northern California.

 In 1961 he switched careers and started going to sea, working for the Merchant Marine for 40 years. He started out as an able-bodied seaman and worked his way up to his captain’s license. For seven years he lived in Japan, where he met his second wife, Toshiko Choi, in 1974. They had two children, Gerald Musashi, and Sayuri Grace. His youngest daughter, Christine Marie Boullester, was born in 1980 to Flora (Rhodes) Jacky.

After retirement he maintained a small farm in the Hermiston area along the Umatilla River, and spent many happy hours raising livestock, tending the animals and working in the garden.

Mr. Boullester is survived by his six children and their families, including 12 grandchildren ranging from the age of 4 to 31, and six great-grandchildren.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. Sign the condolence book at www.burnsmortuaryhermiston.com.

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Hiya Jerry,

It's been 10 years since you've been gone. I thought of you on the 11th, as I do every year. Your friendship has been true since we sailed together on the Sue Lykes so long ago, and I hope that someday we get to be shipmates again. Rest well, old friend.

David Hudson

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