Service scheduled for longtime local educator who died in ATV crash

Jerry Lynch. (Family photo)
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MCGREGOR, Texas (KWTX) A memorial service has been scheduled for a longtime educator Jerry Lynch, 55, of Crawford, who died in an ATV crash Friday night.

Visitation is at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of McGregor High School, where Lynch was a teacher.

The service is at 2 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium.

The high school will let students out early Thursday to attend the service.

Lynch was also a coach and a driver’s education instructor, and led the school’s Peer Assistance and Leadership or PALs program for 17 years.

“Through the PALS program for the district, she challenged her students to ‘Go forth and be leaders.’ Most importantly, she had a love for McGregor ISD that was unmatched,” Superintendent James Lenamon said.

In a letter to staff, Lenamon said: “In the days ahead we will need to support each other. We will need to support our kids. For now, pray for Jerry’s family.”

Lynch was a Waco native and a Crawford High School graduate who started her teaching career in the Lorena ISD after graduating in 1987 from Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

She taught and coached in Lorena until 1991 when she moved to the McGregor ISD.

She was also actively involved in the Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo.

The crash occurred at around 5:20 p.m. Friday on Prairie Chapel Road near Morgan Road just northwest of Crawford.

The Suzuki ATV on which Lynch was riding left the road on a curve, went up a hill and overturned, officials said.