Jerry Don Valenta

November 6, 1945 - May 13, 2020

Jerry Valenta, 74, died May 13, 2020, at his home in Allen, Texas. He was born November 6, 1945, in Freeport, Texas to Willy and Betty Valenta. As a child, Jerry spent summers fishing on the Brazos River with his brothers, sharpening his mechanic skills and working his family’s farm. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1964. Jerry enlisted as a medic in the Army and served from 1965-1969. He then drove a truck for Merchants until opening his own trucking company in 1978. Jerry further pursued his education by attending college at Temple Junior College.  In 1988, he graduated from Richmond College and became a Real Estate Broker. His interests included family, fishing, hunting and perfecting his famous chili. Jerry enjoyed trivia, Words with Friends and discussing historical events.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willy Joe Valenta, Sr.; mother, Betty Valenta and his older brother, Willy Joe Valenta, Jr..

Jerry is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sharon Valenta; son, Bryan Valenta; three step-daughters, Melinda Boyanton, Megan Martin and Shelley Elliott; three sisters, Mildred Davidson, Glenda Fowler, and Carolyn Vajdak; two brothers, James Valenta and David Valenta; many nieces and nephews; and 9 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Allen Heights Baptist Church in Allen, Texas.

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I am going to miss seeing Jerry's warm smile every time I came to visit or pick up Sharon. I am going to miss our Words with Friends game we played daily for years. I am going to miss the funny stories Sharon would share lovingly with me about her soul mate. But I will always remember fondly how much fun Jerry was on our Red Hat Cruise and how interesting he was to talk to. I will always remember how easy going and kind he was to everyone. I am always going to remember how much he love and cherished, Sharon, his precious wife and my sweet life long friend. Jerry, I will miss you but I know you are in the arms of our Father waiting to reunite one day with your forever Love, Sharon., May 24, 2020 We knew Jerry as the husband of our Red Hat Society sister, Sharon. Jerry had a subtle, dry sense of humor and was always good natured, no matter what antics we girls dragged Sharon into. Jerry was always happy to don a red hat with us and join in the fun as a "Red Hat Hubby." He even joined the group on a Caribbean Cruise one year, bonding with some of the other husbands, who all did their very best to ensure their ladies had a great time and (mostly) stayed out of trouble. We will all miss Jerry so much, and will do our best to fill in taking care of Sharon. He left us much too soon. Crystal Ferguson, May 22, 2020