Gerald “Jerry” Ronald Eames |

Gerald “Jerry” Ronald Eames

1940 ~ 2018

On December 3rd 2018 Gerald “Jerry” Ronald Eames passed away four days before his 78th birthday in Sacramento, CA due to complications with diabetes and other factors. Ron, Kevin, Dan, and Laura were all present, including his sister Rosemary, and grandson Dayian White.

Jerry was born December 7th, 1940 to Albert Eames and Dorothy (Pombert) Eames in Minneapolis, MN. He grew up in Burbank, CA and lived in Panorama City, Granada Hills and finally moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1977.

After developing and managing Champion Mufflers chain of stores based in Reseda, Jerry settled in South Lake Tahoe where he owned and operated The Muffler Palace and Tahoe Paradise Mini Storage.

Jerry was a lifelong “car guy”. He was a big part of the Hot Rod and dragster culture in Southern California from the 1950’s through the seventies. He was a member of The Optimists for years and also sponsored local athletes. Jerry helped found Secret Witness in South Shore. He continued to build cars until this year. Jerry loved fishing, hunting, boating, watersports, snow skiing, golf, and many other activities. Mom and Dad also spent weekends at their ranch in Fiddletown, CA with their cows, chickens, gardens, and the family dog Mia the Border Collie.

Jerry was preceded in death by his lifelong companion and wife Marleen Louise Eames (Dayian) in 2015, Beverly Thetford (sister) and is survived by: Rosemary Eames (sister), his children Ronald, Kevin, Daniel, Laura, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A Celebration of Life will be planned for late spring or early summer of 2019. Please contact Laura Eames for updates at (425) 533-6186 or

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