Jerry Don Avritt, 46, was the flight engineer on Pan Am 103. Born in Lebanon, Kentucky, Jerry relocated to California as a young boy and lived there until his death. A loving husband and devoted father, he is survived by his wife, Judy and their children, Marcus, 16; and Angela, 15. He had served in the Strategic Air Command with the U.S. Air Force, where he learned how to work on jet engines and where he became involved in aviation. He loved working with airplanes and was proud of having been in the Air Force.
Friends and family remember him for his sense of humor and his willingness to help whenever neighbors needed mechanical repairs. Jerry had planned to retire and open a little repair shop. An avid reader, he was on a first-name basis with everyone at the public library. Jerry also held a private pilot's license.
Share a color headshot, photos, tributes, videos,
memories and a biography.