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Jerry Poth

In Memory of SSgt Jerry Lee ‘Jer; Poth, USAF

May 21, 1979 – Dec. 31, 2019

Fort Carson, Colorado

Jer Poth, 40, died in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Monday, 31 December 2019. He was born (Jerry Lee Dickman) on 21 May 1979 in Norwalk, Ohio.  An adventure lover and thrill seeker since childhood, he had few fears. He was a 1997 graduate of Crestview High School. He grew up playing football, earning a scholarship to play in college. He was injured the summer before his college freshman year in a work accident that ended his college football dream. The following year he enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Military Policeman, and was then selected to join the Air Force Special Operations Group TACP.  Jer served in the Air Force for 9 years 4 months, 8 of them as a TACP Specialist, until he was injured and separated from active duty as a Staff Sergeant. After recovering, he worked as a US Government contractor for 4 years.  When his years in service ended he attended the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. 

Jer was larger than life, and the life of the party. He loved deeply. The last eight months of Jer’s life were spent in his new home with his wife and children.  He said it was the happiest his life had ever been.  He was a loving father and husband.  Jer left this world on Monday, December 30th.  He will forever be missed, but his memory will live on through the lives of his children and in the hearts of all those who loved him. 

Jer is survived by his wife April and unborn child, of Colorado Springs.  Sons, Nicholas, 20, of South Carolina; Jonah, 14, Eli, 4, and Liam, 7 months, all of Colorado Springs. Step-daughter, Briella, 5 of Colorado Springs. Parents, David and Patricia Poth of Ohio.  Sisters, Mandie (Jon) Doak of Kansas and Courtney (Dane) Patrick of Ohio. Nieces: Selina, Liya, Ava, Christine and Hailey, and Nephew, Leyton, all who loved him dearly. He is also survived by many friends and military brothers and sisters.  He is preceded in death by his biological father, Gary Allen Dickman. 

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call or text the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or text to 838255. You are loved, and you are worthy.

Jer was born in Ohio, but called Colorado home.

Resting Place: Pikes Peaks National Cemetery, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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