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Jerry Dee Hamilton Obituary

Jerry Dee Hamilton Obituary
December 12
22:07 2022

Jerry Dee Hamilton, 72, passed away December 8, 2022 in Mineral Wells, Texas. He was born October 11, 1950 to Marshall Hamiton and Dorthy Hamilton in Weatherford, Texas. 

Jerry Hamilton graduated from Mineral Wells High School in 1969. He was a 2017 Inductee into the Mineral Wells High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Jerry founded the MWHS HOF in 1999. As Co-Chairman, Jerry helped raise 250K to build the MWHS Track and Tennis Facility. He led the Rams to the regional finals in golf two consecutive years and was District runner-up as a senior, shooting 75-75 in 1969. He wrote the sports column “Ram Tracking” for Mineral Wells Index for 40 years and was named Texas High School Basketball Sportswriter of the Year in 1979 while Sports Editor at the Index. Jerry founded the Ram Golf Classic that supported Ram golf and tennis. He compiled MWHS football records from 1912 – 2017, started the banners that hang in the gym and has attended over 1000 MWHS athletic events. Jerry also started “Breakfast with Coach” which is in its 37th year and the Chicken Express All-Star basketball game that is in its 34th year. 

Jerry was a lifelong resident of Mineral Wells, Texas where he was a sports writer early in his career for the Mineral Wells Index. He then managed the Hamilton Tire Store for his father. After the sale of Hamilton Tire Store in 1997 Jerry went into the Insurance Industry. 

Jerry was an avid golfer his entire life still playing 4 times a week until 2 months before his passing. He had 2 holes in one in his life with one of them coming just this past year at the age of 71. Jerry grew up playing at Holiday Hills Country Club in Mineral Wells. He won several Club Championships at HHCC. Winning his first one at age 19 in 1970, and winning his last one in the late 1990s. His love for golf gave him the opportunity to manage Robert Landers who was on the Senior PGA Tour.

Jerry is survived by sons, Jeffrey Hamilton and wife Jackie Hamilton of Jacksboro, Texas. Eric Hamilton of Dripping Springs, Texas. Grandsons, Jaxon and Jenson Hamilton. Brother, Terry Hamilton of Burnet, Texas. Sister, Kathy Shank and husband Randy Shank of Weatherford, Texas. The Mother of his children Kathy Hamilton of Stephenville, Texas. Nephew’s, Sean Hamilton, Stephen Knight, and Blain Shank. Niece’s, Stephaine Gonzales, Stacy Baccus, and Rachel Moore. Close friend, Judge Jerry Ray and wife Bonnie Ray of Mineral Wells, Texas. Close friend Charles Gatlin, of Mineral Wells, Texas. Cousins, Lifelong friends in the community, and his golfing buddies.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall Hamilton in 2005 and Dorothy Hamilton in 2008.

Jerry requested his body be donated to science for research.

There will be a celebration of life to honor the memory of Jerry Hamilton at 2:00 PM on January 7, 2023 at Holiday Hills Country Club in Mineral Wells, Texas.

In Lieu of flowers please make donations to the Mineral Wells Athletic HOF in memory of Jerry Hamilton. Please mail donations to MWHS 50 Year Club, 215 NW 5th Ave. Mineral Wells, Texas 76067.

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