Jerry Zottola, 1924-2013


One of my favorite high school history teachers, Jerry Zottola passed away November 24, 2013, at his home in Hiouchi. He was born in the Bronx, New York, July 12, 1924.

He graduated from Grants Pass High and served in the Navy as a radioman during World War II. After leaving the service, Jerry attended Humboldt State College, where he received his teaching credential.

Upon graduation his first teaching job was at Arcata High School in 1953. By 1955, Jerry had moved to Crescent City, where he married Gertrude Jepsen of Fort Dick that same year.

“Zott,” as the students came to call him, spent the next 30 years teaching history at Del Norte High School. He was also the Varsity baseball coach for several years before his retirement and the schools first tennis coach.

He is survived by his wife, Gertrude, son Tony Zottola of Lodi; daughter Tina O’Neill of Hiouchi; daughter Gretchen Zottola-Sancier of Campbell; daughter Tami Zottola of Gasquet; son Timothy Zottola of Stockton; daughter Trudi Gugliemini of Hiouchi; daughter Gina Zottola of Gasquet and sister, Gracie Cooper of Crescent City.

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