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Longtime CU Leader Jerry Deering Passes
Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:55 AM

Jerry Arnold Deering, a longtime credit union leader with EECU in Fort Worth, passed away Sunday, Feb. 18. He was 89 years old. His funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington where he was a member for 64 years. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Wade Funeral Home in Arlington.

Deering's memory may be honored with a gift to the Alzheimer's Association, North Central Texas Chapter, 2630 West Freeway, Suite 100, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.

After college, Deering joined the United States Air Force and served with honor in the Korean War. When he returned, he worked in sales for a couple of years, but was ready to expand his horizons and apply his education to a more compatible career. He found it in 1951 as manager of what was then Fort Worth Teachers Credit Union, and he retired 41 years later as president of what is now EECU.

His obituary states that Deering said many times, "I could never have found a more satisfying life's work if I had planned it. There has not been a day when I did not look forward to coming to my office, meeting the challenges—not all pleasant ones—and nurturing this very fine credit union to its high standing in the community."

A pioneer of credit unions in the United States, this legend lived the philosophy of "people helping people." Deering served with distinction in leadership positions for numerous local, state, and national credit union organizations, including an appointment in 1962 to the newly founded Texas State Credit Union Advisory Commission by Texas Governor Price Daniel. He later became board chairman of the Texas credit union owned Town North National Bank, and his guidance and knowledge were sought by credit unions from across the nation.

His obituary also noted: Jerry believed in the goodness of mankind and was fiercely protective of those he loved and respected. He was the guy that always rewarded honest efforts and openly recognized them by offering a hand up, not a hand out. He could see the potential in a person to do great things before that individual or anybody else did, and he would stand up for that person when maybe nobody else would. He gave others the direction and latitude to not only prove themselves, but also excel, then pushed them harder because he knew they could do even more.

The people at Cornerstone Credit Union League offer our sincere condolences to Jerry Deering's family and friends.