Updated Healthwatch: Jerry Dale Coleman

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 16th, 2010

In June, I talked to investigator, cryptozoologist, and my youngest brother, Jerry Dale Coleman, author of Strange Highways and More Strange Highways and he was tired but recovering from new rounds of treatments for his various ailments. Since that time, sadly, due to his suffering from the effects of throat and lung cancer, he may now have weeks to live.

Two weeks ago, Jerry had another operation to repair an aneurysm on his aorta. The result was not good. They found another aneurysm they could not repair, so a vein was shut down and his spleen is being allowed to die. He is now in great pain, not eating, and, according to his wife, “gray” and barely hanging on. Jerry is in so much pain, he is no longer in good spirits, and apparently has “given up.”

In conjunction with my sister from California, I will be traveling very soon, from Maine, to go see him before the end of July.

As I have mentioned, Jerry has already been approved to have his body go to the Body Farm, a la’ Grover Krantz. He has decided to wear an International Cryptozoology Museum shirt when he is placed on the ground there for the forensic scientists to use his body for training new investigators.

If you would like to mail a final respectful card to Jerry, please send it to

Jerry Dale Coleman
199 Valley Crest Drive
Mount Carmel, TN 37645

Coleman Brothers

Jerry is the one in the middle in this old photo, taken at 123 Longview Place, Decatur, Illinois. I am to the right (with the football) and that’s Bill at the left.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

17 Responses to “Updated Healthwatch: Jerry Dale Coleman”

  1. Peter77 responds:

    I am very sorry to read this Loren. Lost for words. I wish you and your family strength in these difficult days. Nobody should have to deal with this disease in any way.

  2. korollocke responds:

    I feel for your brother Loren. That truely sucks.

  3. Sharon Lee responds:

    I feel for you Loren. I’m sure your heart is very heavy at this time. I wish your brother peace in his journey and I wish you safe travels in yours.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.


  4. Tarzanboyy responds:


  5. PhotoExpert responds:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, your brother and your family.

  6. whiteriverfisherman responds:

    This is sad news, truly sad.

  7. tropicalwolf responds:

    Cancer is a scourge and needs to be eradicated. It has taken my loved ones as well. Thoughts with you and your family, Mr Coleman.

  8. onihunter responds:

    Cancer is the worst monster of them all. My prayers and thoughts go out to Jerry, Loren, and their families. God bless and may you all be in peace.

  9. oldphilosopher responds:

    My most sincere condolences, Loren.

  10. red_pill_junkie responds:

    The greatest tragedy is not dying. The greatest tragedy is not having truly lived.

    I’ll keep you both in my thoughts this weekend.

  11. TheForthcoming responds:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Loren and your brother and family. I will ask God/Jesus to give your brother more time
    here on earth and to heal him. God bless.

  12. doctoratlantis responds:

    sorry, Loren. I really enjoyed Strange Highways. Just lost my grandmother myself. Life is too FN short.

  13. hetzer88 responds:

    Thoughts and prayers always.

  14. hudgeliberal responds:

    My thoughts are with you and your family Loren. So sorry to hear about the condition of your brother. I hope he can find some peace and relaxation in his final days. Hope you find strength to help you get through this rough patch.

  15. Steleheart responds:

    My prayers go out to you, Jerry and all your loved ones in this difficult time.

  16. jerrywayne responds:


    The photo of the Colemans above could very well have been a picture of me and my two brothers from the 50’s, except I would be the youngest, the one wearing the Fess Parker cap and jacket.

    My brother Jim, like your brother Jerry, is dying of cancer; his is colon/rectal cancer. He is down to 113 pounds.

    So, I have no words because there are no words ……..

  17. Leslie responds:

    Sorry to hear about your brother. Just lost a good friend last year from lung cancer.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

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