Gary Russell Jurin passed away on Aug. 24, 2021. He was 68.
Gary was born on March 25, 1952, in Eureka, Cali., to John and Phyliss Jurin. Gary grew up in Eureka and attended elementary and high school there. After graduating high school, he attended College of the Redwoods where he earned his associate degree and then transferred to Humboldt State College.
Gary spent time on the Southfork Ranch and the mouth of Madden Creek with his grandparents, where his love of hunting, fishing, cattle ranching, and haying originated. If you knew Gary, you knew the fall of the year meant that life stopped and hunting began. In early years during hunting season, on Friday he would pull into the driveway just to shower, get clean clothes and head to hunting camp. As his family grew hunting became a family passion and tradition.
Gary and his brothers John Jurin and Martin Jurin all bought ski boats in the early ’70s which then led to lifelong friends, stories and most importantly meeting his best friend and wife Judy. In the early years of their courtship Gary would disappear for six weeks in the fall; only for Judy to find out his true passion for hunting emerged.
Gary and Judy were married on Sept. 11, 1976. After they were married, they moved to Blue Lake and started their family in 1980. After having their children, they moved to Big Bar where they have resided since.
Gary’s work career started off haying the fields at the age of 13 for his father. Ironically one of his older cousins had to drive the boss, Gary, to work. At the age of 18 he then stated hauling hay for the family ranches which led to hauling logs for Jurin Bros. Logging. In 1979 he bought his first log truck where he started his own trucking career, worked countless hours, made a ton of lifelong trucking and logging friends and even hauled a few overloads along the way. In 1988 he put the keys down and ventured into the logging business that is still in operation today.
Gary’s proudest accomplishment in life was his family. Throughout the years he instilled a strong work ethic in his children and grandchildren as he bossed them around (one of his favorite things) working the cattle ranches.
He is survived by his wife Judy Jurin; his children Kristin Hager (Richard), and Jason Jurin (Misty); his grandchildren, Juliauna, Lily, Ali, Jessie, Raina, Riley and Timberly. Also his brothers, John Jurin (Denal), Martin Jurin, and brother in-law Jim Pruett; along with nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his parents John and Phyliss Jurin.
There will be a celebration of life at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 13, at the ranch in Big Bar. Please share any pictures and stories.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Paul’s Chapel in Arcata, Calif.