Tenacious and perpetually upbeat, Jerry Feferman always had a winning attitude and words of encouragement to offer.
Jerome Stanley Feferman, 82, a dedicated family man, business executive, and member of the University of Colorado Living Legends died on Thursday, July 23, 2020.
Graveside services will be held at Llano Cemetery, Monday, July 27, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. Arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Born on January 19, 1938, in Amarillo, TX to Abe and Alda Lois Feferman. He was known for his resilience, his can-do attitude, and never giving up.
As a teenager, Jerry loved spending his summers with his uncles who were members of Al Capone’s Chicago Outfit. After finishing his studies at New Mexico Military Institute and Amarillo High School, Jerry attended the University of Iowa on a football scholarship. He later transferred to the University of Colorado at Boulder where he lettered in football and was later named a “Living Legend” in 2013 by the University of Colorado Department of Athletics.
He later returned to Amarillo to join the family business, Feferman’s Western Wear, and grew it into a thriving retail business serving the world. His customers included Beatles legend John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono, Johnny Cash, and Paul Newman.
Jerry met the love of his life, Kay Pat Cornelius, at Elizabeth Nixon Junior High School. They married in 1970.
Jerry was active in many civic organizations and activities where he made many of his dear friends.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, and Kay’s children, Darwin Lee Chilton, and Michelle Chilton.
He is survived by his wife, Kay Pat Feferman; his sons, Richard Feferman and his wife Stacey, Robert Feferman, and Josh Feferman and his wife Tammy; Kay’s children, David Chilton and his wife Jennifer, and Doug Chilton; grandchildren, Harris Feferman, Sarah Kate Feferman, Hugh Feferman, and Sean Chilton; brother, Donald M. Feferman; and sister, Judy Ray Paulk.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Alumni C Club, 369 UCB Champions Center, Boulder, CO. 80309, attention: Scott McMichael. Checks can be made out to: CU Foundation with the reference of Jerry Feferman’s name in the memo field. Scott McMichael can also be reached at (303) 594-6578 for any credit card payments.