Gerardo Acuña

April 8, 1948 - December 16, 2019
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Born Gerardo Acuna Gonzalez in El Paso, TX, Jerry lived his entire childhood and growing up years in the town that borders Ciudad Juarez. He graduated from El Paso Tech High School where he served in leadership and worked his way through the University of Texas at El Paso. At UTEP, he majored and minored in languages, becoming fluent in French, German and Russian, besides his birth language Spanish.  His English was impeccable. 

Jerry came to Berkeley around 1970 for his first job as a BABEL (Bay Area Bilingual Education) teacher for 5th graders at Franklin Elementary School.  While trying to follow the mandates of the Bilingual program, Jerry added the game of chess for his students’ lunchtime activity. 15 chess sets, 30 students…quite a scene in Jerry’s classroom.  And Jerry stayed up until many midnights working on curriculum and reviewing his students’ work.

After 5 years of teaching, Jerry moved on to real estate sales and investments and eventually became an independent property owner and manager.

Jerry liked to travel and spent some significant time in later years in Catalunya Spain, Russia, Siberia, and visited Istanbul.

But the greatest joy and pride of his life was his son.

He was married to Arlene Makita for 26 years.  They had one son.

He is survived by Arlene and son Alexander.

A Memorial Mass will be held for Jerry on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11 am at Incarnation Monastery, 1369 La Loma Ave, Berkeley. Please RSVP arleneacuna46@gmail.com.

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Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020

Time: 11:00 am

Incarnation Monastery


1369 La Loma Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94708

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Born: April 8, 1948
April 9, 1981
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Died: December 16, 2019

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Eva Rueda on behalf of EP Tech Alumni Committee posted on 1/13/20

With heartfelt sympathy and prayers On behalf of El Paso Technical High School Alumni Committee. May Our Lord grant you peace and may Gerardo’s memory and love remain in your hearts and minds forever. May he Rest In Peace and may Our Lord's perpetual light upon him.


Hector Chacon posted on 1/3/20

My deepest sympathy to Jerry's family. I met Jerry in the 8th grade at El Paso Technical High School where he was known to be a very intelligent student and as a result of that we nicknamed him "The Mad Scientist" Jerry was well liked by all of his peers. I contacted him about 4 years ago and exchanged several text messages recalling our high school days. Jerry you will be missed. RIP Hector Chacon


robert rivera posted on 1/1/20

My deepest condolences to Gerardo's family and friends! He was a very intelligent, quiet and friendly person as I knew him at Technical High School. Rest In Peace my friend.


Norma Lewis posted on 12/31/19

My condolences and prayers to Jerry's family. I'm so sorry for your loss that Jerry left this earth. But I see that Jerry led a good life and well always be in your hearts


Norma Lewis posted on 12/31/19

To Jerry's family my condolences and prayers. So very sorry he has left this world but it looks like Jerry might have had quite a good life. Rest in peace Jerry.


Jaime Villanueva posted on 12/30/19

Rest in peace Jerry, My condolences to the Acuña family


Barbara Theard posted on 12/27/19

So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Was going through some pictures and found one of Jerry in our living room during one of our annual Christmas sing-a-longs. I was always happy when you and Jerry could make it. My deepest sympathy to you and Alex at this time. You are in my prayers.