San Diego Business Journal

San Diego Padres Announce a Public Memorial Service for Jerry Coleman

By Mike Allen Sunday, January 12, 2014

The San Diego Padres announced a public memorial service for Jerry Coleman, the former Marine pilot, Hall of Fame baseball player and longtime Padres broadcaster, who died Jan. 5 at the age of 89.

The memorial at Petco Park will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m.

Coleman served as a pilot in the Marine Corps in both World War II and Korea, service that he said was the highlight of his life. He played on the some of the most renowned New York Yankee baseball teams in the 1950s alongside the likes of Joe DiMaggio, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Billy Martin, and Mickey Mantle.

After retiring from the game, Coleman became a broadcaster for the Padres, and later, was a Padres manager before returning to the broadcast booth where he worked for 42 years.

The Padres said the event will celebrate Coleman’s life and feature special guests.

Free parking is provided in three locations: two surface lots along Imperial Avenue, and the Padres Parade garage at 10th Avenue and J St.

For those wishing to make a donation, the Coleman family suggests the Semper Fi Fund.