Merced · Politics

Jerry O’Banion, longtime Merced Supervisor, passes

Longtime Merced County Supervisor Jerry O’Banion passed away last Friday. 

O’Bannion graduated from Dos Palos High School and would go on to represent District 5, which included Dos Palos, Los Banos, Santa Nella, South Dos Palos and Volta. 

He service on the Board of Supervisors spanned seven terms from 1990 to his retirement in 2018 and included six stints as the chairman. 

Before he moved to the county level, O’Banion was a member of the Dos Palos City Council from 1980 to 1990, which included a tenure as mayor from 1987 to 1990. 

Current District 5 Supervisor Scott Silveira wrote the following in a Facebook post: 

“Jerry was a great mentor and advisor. He always took my calls and provided insight. He was a good friend and supporter. He left big shoes to fill, and I am working hard to make sure the opportunity to fill them is not wasted. Brooke and I send our heartfelt condolences to Dollie and family.” 

Congressman Jim Costa (D–Fresno) provided the following statement to the McClatchy: 

“Jerry was one of the good guys! Yes we were friends for many years and worked together on behalf of the people in Merced County. He truly was a public servant and Jerry, with his family, for multiple generations gave back. 

We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dollie and his family.”

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.