Birth Name: Jerome John Garcia
Date of Birth: August 1, 1942
Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States
Date of Death: August 9, 1995
Place of Death: Forest Knolls, California, U.S.
*50% Galician Spanish
Jerry Garcia was an American musician. He was the lead guitarist, and a singer and songwriter, for the band Grateful Dead. The band’s members also included Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, and Bob Weir.
His father, José, later Joseph “Joe,” Ramón García López, was a Spanish emigrant, from La Coruña. His mother, Ruth Marie (Clifford), was an American, of three quarters Irish and one quarter Swedish descent.
Jerry was married to Deborah Koons, until his death. He had a daughter with his former wife Sara Ruppenthal; two children with his former wife Carolyn Adams; and a daughter with his former partner Manasha Matherson.
Jerry’s paternal grandfather was named Manuel García Santos (the son of M. García, and of a woman surnamed Santos). Jerry’s grandfather Manuel was born in La Coruña, Spain.
Jerry’s paternal grandmother was named Aquilina Couceiro López (the daughter of José López). Aquilina was born in La Coruña.
Jerry’s maternal grandfather was William Henry Clifford (the son of Edward Clifford and Bridget Callahan, or of Patrick Clifford and Ellen Callahan). William was born in California, to Irish parents.
Jerry’s maternal grandmother was Tillie May Olson (the daughter of Manfred Peter/Pearson Olson/Olsen and Sarah Cogley). Tillie was born in California, to a Swedish father and an Irish mother.