Jerry A. Balch, 73, died on May 31, 2017

Jerry A. Balch, 73, died May 31, 2017, in New York City, where he lived for over 40 years. Born Aug.5, 1944, in El Dorado, he graduated as valedictorian from El Dorado High School. He went on to graduate from Yale University and earned advanced degrees from University of Kansas and Columbia University. He was employed by the Union for Reform Judaism until he retired as associate director.
He was preceded in death by parents, Herbert and Mary Balch.
Survivors include: sisters, Nancy Evans of Lakeland, Fla., and Jean Hughes (Dwayne)of Lexington, NC; brothers,  Robert M. Balch (Beverly) of St. Augustine, Fla.,  James D. Balch (Jodi) of San Antonio and Rockport, Texas, and Steven M. Balch of El Dorado.
At his request no services were held and friends gathered to remember and celebrate his life at a favorite restaurant bar in the Village.