He graduated with an Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1958. He earned his law (Bachelor of Laws) degree from the same school in 1964.
Elliot served on this court from 1987 until his death. He was an Reserve Officers Training Corps student and served active duty in the Navy. After law school, Judge Elliott worked as a law clerk for Judge Wesley East. Brown of the United States. District Court in Wichita, Kansas.
In 1966, he joined the law firm Foulston, Siefkin, Powers & Eberhardt where he focused on appellate practice and creditors" rights.
Jerry Elliott died in Lawrence, Kansas on April 5, 2010 after a long battle with cancer.
Elliott has been president of the Wichita Council of Camp Fire, the Kansas chapter of the Leukemia Society of America, the Wichita Legal Aid Society, the Wichita Bar Association, and a board member of Music Theatre of Wichita.