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Jerald Umbaugh

Jerald Claude Umbaugh

Thursday, August 3rd, 1944 - Thursday, March 12th, 2020
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Jerald Claude Umbaugh departed this world on March 12, 2020 in Murrieta, CA. He is happily joined again with his loving wife Linda. Both were born in Iowa and moved to California to start their own businesses. Jerry was a Master Molder and highly successful in the plastics industry. Linda operated her own dog salon. They shared a life of travel and outdoor activities. Jerry enjoyed many passions, including motorcycles, dirt bikes, sand buggies, high powered speed boats, sporty cars with high powered engines, scuba diving, yachts, and world travel. Jerry deeply enjoyed his hobby of collecting movies from the last 110 years and many volumes of different music types. As a youth, he met Albert Einstein and the genius stopped his work and directed his attention to a conversation with Jerry. On one of several trips to China, he walked on the Great China Wall.

Jerry created many important inventions and molded products that are in homes and buildings worldwide. His legacy to humanity was a block he formulated using dissimilar plastics. He developed a way to use plastic discarded in the ocean, or from landfills to make a block strong enough to withstand fire and bullets. His goal was to use these special blocks to build homes all over the world.

Hs is survived by his friends.
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Bob Schildknecht

Posted at 11:43am
I met Jerry in the early 80's when he had a business in Huntington Beach Ca. and even lived with him in Huntington Beach and Perris California. We had a great bond and he was always a happy go lucky kind of a guy. When I moved from his place in Perris in 2013 to Laughlin, Nevada he would always come and visit me and I would show him the Desert out here. I will miss him dearly but he is in a better place now and feeling no more pain.
MC

Mitchell Crawford

Posted at 02:41pm
I met Jerry at his office / plant in Mira Loma. He was a character, a great character, and had a fantastic process to turn the plastic trash we see around our neighborhoods, in trash cans, and in the ocean into anything, including termite proof homes.

I will miss my conversations with him about his ideas, and his colorful history.
SM

Sheree Rene Poitier MD,

Posted at 09:16pm
The gentleman, the inventor, the brilliant mind. The heart of gold. May this beautiful tree stand tall and strong as you always did. God Bless you
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Sheree Poitier

Posted at 09:08pm
Thank you Dave for contacting me. Your memories and you observations are so wonderful about Jerry. You are spot on. He was just the greatest guy you could every have in your life. My name is Sheree Poitier and I knew Jerry for over 20 years. We met over a project he had to create a needleless injector. It was just one of the many brilliant ideas he had. It is a wonderful picture of Jerry and captures the joy of life and living he had. As brilliant and accomplished as he was, you would not have heard that from him. So incredibly humble. He was a gentleman's, gentleman. We used to have lunch on a regular basis. During those times, he shared so many wonderful ideas. And it was not just talk ! Jerry had the know how and the ability to make things happen. And he did. I remember when he first shared the idea of the mixed plastics brick and his hope to use it to build homes. That was another aspect of Jerry. He cared about people. All people. My regret is I did not share with him enough how much I loved him as a friend and how much I admired him. I hope he knows that now. He so loved his wife and now they are back together. God bless you Jerry. Life won't ever be the same.

Azalia Watson

Posted at 03:30pm
My name is David Moton I met Jerry in 1974 while working as a plastics specialist for Celanese in Los Angeles. Jerry had a brilliant and innovative mind. He was ever the inventor, always far ahead of the game, he was strategic in his thinking always having a hopeful outlook for the future. But even more than being a futuristic innovator, Jerry had a heart of gold. He was a good man, and a truly treasured friend to me. I left California for Texas a few years back and had only talked with him a couple of times since leaving. Jerry was an all around great guy, I will miss our brainstorming lunches together, the laughter, and the sheer joy of his vision. Jerry was a great friend, a great person and even more than that a GREAT INVENTOR!
Stay wide-eyed to the possibilities that still exist and REST IN PEACE.

Dave Moton & Family
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