Jerry Pettis

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Jerry Lyle Pettis (July 18, 1916 in Phoenix, Arizona – February 14, 1975, in Banning, California) was an American politician and a Congressman from California. He was also a rancher, teacher, aviator, religious leader, and businessman.

Educated in Arizona and California, he graduated from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California in 1938. He did graduate work at the University of Southern California and the University of Denver in 1939-1941 before becoming a businessman. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was a pilot for United Airlines.

Former Congressman Pettis

In 1966, he was elected as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives representing California's 33rd congressional district until January 1975 and its 37th congressional district thereafter. He was re-elected in 1968, 1970, 1972 and 1974 before dying in a private aircraft crash in Banning, California on February 14, 1975. His wife, Shirley Neil Pettis, replaced him in the House when she won a special election on April 29, 1975.

edit: A news clipping currently on sale in eBay (Jan/22/2014) shows his grown son standing in a field where Jerry Pettis' body was brought after recovery from the crash site. It stated that he died in a plane crash in the hills North of Beaumont, Ca.

He was a Seventh-day Adventist.

The Jerry Pettis Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital in Loma Linda, California was so named in his honor. His congressional papers are located in the Archives & Special Collections at Loma Linda University.

He is buried at Montecito Memorial Park in Colton, California.[1]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Kenneth W. Dyal
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 33rd congressional district

January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1975
Succeeded by
Del M. Clawson
Preceded by
Yvonne B. Burke
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 37th congressional district

January 3, 1975 – February 14, 1975
Succeeded by
Shirley Neil Pettis