Gerald John Seiner (Jerry)
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Dec. 28, 1941 – Feb. 2, 2017
Gerald John Seiner, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family Feb. 2, 2017.
Jerry was born to Sophie Len Seiner and Steve Seiner in Dearborn, Mich. on Dec. 28, 1941. He was raised in an automotive environment (his father was Henry Ford’s personal electrician) and the automotive business became his life’s passion.
In his younger days, Jerry was known as a premier drummer, playing with many local bands at the clubs in Dearborn. His love of music continued throughout his life. After graduation, Jerry served in the U.S. Army.
He married Martha Oldenburg, and had two children, Sandra and Jerry, Jr. They later divorced. In 1994, he married the love of his life, Sharon. They had one son, James.
Jerry began his career in automotive advertising for the Detroit News and the Wall Street Journal. Seeing the success that could be achieved in the automotive retail business, he purchased his first dealership in Cadillac, Mich. in 1975. In 1980, Chevrolet offered him an opportunity to buy a dealership in Salt Lake City. From there, Jerry built a successful business that includes several franchises along the Wasatch Front.
Jerry made significant contributions to the community and was honored with the Catholic Community Services “Creative Corporate Sponsor” Award for his contributions to the homeless and refugee populations. Jerry had a special place in his heart for the Carmelite sisters, who dedicate their lives to prayer.
He is survived by wife, Shari, who supported him throughout his illness; his children, Sandra Hemmersmeier (Chris), Jerry Jr. and Jimmy; his grandchildren Stephen, Tim and Sean Hemmersmeier and Max Seiner; his brother Steve (Alice) Seiner; and nieces and nephews; as well as the 350 employees who were in his business family.
Jerry’s favorite quote is from Anne Frank: “The good news is that you really don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.” He asks that everyone go out and live up to their potential and do good.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Madeleine on Feb. 9.
In lieu of flowers, Jerry requests donations be made to his beloved Carmelite sisters at the Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Monastery, 5714 S. Holladay Blvd., Salt Lake City, UT, 84121.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.starksfuneral.com.