Gerald "Jerry" Gordon, 79, of Payette, passed away Friday, March 27, 2009, in Payette. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Church of Christ in Fruitland with Herman Pope officiating. Services and arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to the family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com
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Gerald Gordon was born Feb. 2, 1930, in Mesilla Park, New Mexico, to Jackson A. and Bessie V. Gordon. He was reared on a small irrigated cotton and alfalfa farm near Mesilla Park. He graduated from Las Cruces Union High School in 1947 and from New Mexico State University in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture. Additional graduate work was done in 1955.
He served as an Air Force officer with an air cargo unit in Japan during the Korean War.
He was married to Carol Ady in 1954. They settled down in Mesilla Park where Gerald worked for a landscaping firm. In 1957, he began his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Soil Conservation Service headquartered in Clovis, N.M. After a year's training in Clovis, he was transferred to Las Cruces, N.M., where he worked for the next four years as a soil conservationist assisting farmers and ranchers with soil and water conservation problems.
During the next 25 years he worked as a District Conservationist in Capitan, Artesia and Albuquerque, N.M.; Halifax, N.C.; and Caldwell, Idaho, retiring in 1986. Upon his retirement, Gerald received the USDA Distinguished Service Award.
His wife Carol died in 1985. Gerald married Donna Barrow in October of 1986. During the ensuing years of retirement, Gerald and Donna enjoyed extensive traveling in the US and several foreign countries. They also contributed considerable time to the Hospice program.
His hobbies were gardening, landscaping and traveling. Gerald was a member of the Fruitland Church of Christ.
Gerald is survived by his wife Donna; daughters Cheryle Brown and Kimberly Engelbrecht; and son Timothy Gordon. He is also survived by six grandchildren, four step grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flower memorials may be made to Biblical Study Center – BSU, in care of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Mar. 31, 2009