Jerry Bittle grew up in Kansas, and later moved to Texas. He studied at Wichita State University, and joined the editorial staff of the Wichita Eagle after graduating. He moved to the Albuquerque Tribune, where he became the paper's first editorial cartoonist. After moving to Texas, he created the newspaper strip 'Geech', which became very popular. In 2000, he created another successful comic, 'Shirley & Son', about life after divorce. Jerry Bittle died 9 April 2003, at the age of 53. His family has founded the Jerry Bittle Educational Trust in his memory.