Gerald David Mordhorst

October 12th, 1922May 12th, 2022

Gerald D. Mordhorst died May 12th, 2022 at the age of 99 after a stroke, with his wife at his side. He had suffered a heart attack in 2020 but had made a good recovery since. Gerald was born on a farm in Pierce County, Nebraska on October 12th, 1922, to Ferdinand and Bertie Mordhorst.

In 1930, the family moved to Western Idaho to escape the Midwest Dust Bowl and to be near relatives. Gerald attended the College of Idaho for one year. In November of 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and worked as an engine mechanic at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, California. There, he applied for the Navy's V-12 program and was accepted and assigned to the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado in 1944. He graduated in 1946 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was released to the Naval Reserve. 

Gerald married Geraldine Sewell in September 1946, and she passed away in 2007. Together they raised two children, Roger and Kathleen. He married Jane Olson in 2008. 

Gerald received his Professional Engineering license in 1955 and worked in the fields of steam power and, later, cryogenic engineering. He retired in 2001. He was a Life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers. 

Gerald was a charter member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church when it was established in 1961. As a member there, he served in many capacities through the years. He was also an active member of Foothills Kiwanis Club for over 20 years, participating in many projects. He was a quiet man of great integrity and faith and a generous contributor to charitable organizations. 

Square dancing was a favorite activity of his. He was a member of the Columbiner Square Dance Club for many years and served as an officer many times. He attended many Colorado State Square Dance Festivals.

Gerald was predeceased by his daughter, Kathleen Frey of Lafayette, CO; brother, James Mordhorst of Grants Pass, OR; sister, Marjorie Cox of Carmel, CA; and by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Jane Mordhorst of Boulder, CO; son, Roger Mordhorst of Boulder, CO; granddaughter, Katie Mordhorst of Wheat Ridge, CO; brother, Robert Mordhorst of Nampa, ID; sister, Nancy Obenchain of Meridian, ID; four step-children, Bud, Betty, Andy, and Warren Lewis, nine step-grandchildren, and eight step great-grandchildren.


A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 5th at 2pm at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Boulder.


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