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Jerry W. Bivens
February 19, 1953 - May 20, 2012

Jerry W. Bivens was 59 years old when he entered into a peaceful and pain-free rest with his family by his side at home. Born in Barstow, CA to Jerry Elmer Bivens and Mary Lawson Bivens, he lived most of his life in Tracy. He is survived by his father, Jerry E. Bivens of Burns, OR, his wife of 32 years, Carol (McGlenn) Bivens of Manteca, daughter Sarah Beth Bivens of San Francisco, sisters; Wanda Moralez and Annette Riebau of Washington, and many aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death was his mother Mary Lawson Bivens.

Jerry was the owner of Delta Plumbing in Tracy. He was very proud ofhis business and reputation, even providing free services for many of his elderly customers and those unable to afford their needed repairs. He was very skilled and able to take almost anything apart, repair it and put it back together. He was most often recognized driving hisbig red work van. Jerry worked hard while suffering many years withphysical pain that he tried to keep to himself, just recently diagnosed as bone cancer. Closing Delta Plumbing was such a difficult thing for him, as his customers became friends, as well.

His hobbies included building and flying model planes, guns, paintball, bowling, collecting coins, stamps and movies. Laughter was his favorite medicine; although he had a silent laugh, hearing peoplehe loved laugh brought a smile to his face. It is clear that Jerry's greatest achievement was the love and pride of his wife and daughter and the comfort of his dog, Charlie. He never went a day without telling them how much he loved them. He was a very proud, kind, loving and devoted father and husband and will be greatly missed.

A celebration of his life will occur. Please call 310-936-5342 for more information.

Donations in his name may be sent to Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95204, (209) 957-3888

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin

Friday, May 25, 2012