Edward Gerrard "Jerry" Jenkins (1926 - 2017)

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Edward Gerrard "Jerry" Jenkins
January 2, 1926 - April 28, 2017
Edward Gerrard "Jerry" Jenkins passed away on April 28, 2017, after several years of declining health at "the ranch" his home for 56 years, surrounded by his family. Jerry was born on January 2, 1926 in Salt Lake City; he was the son of Elmer Cutler and Mildred Gerrard Jenkins.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Billye Virginia (Olsen) Jenkins and his parents, Mildred and Elmer Jenkins.
Jerry is survived by his sister, Mary Lou Thurston Smoot, of Salt Lake City; his 6 children, Jennifer J. Christensen of Pleasant Grove, UT, Jessica (Bill) Gooley of South Jordan, UT, Jerilyn (Tom) Briten of Caldwell, ID, Bill (Candy) Jenkins of Caldwell, ID, Jamie J. Wilson of Salt Lake City, UT, and Bob (Kelli) Jenkins of Caldwell, ID; 20 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.
Jerry's early childhood was spent on Yale Avenue in Salt Lake City hunting for lizards in the hills near Hogle Zoo, but his first love was for his pigeons. He passed on his love for all creatures to his children and grandchildren.
He attended Uinta Elementary School in Salt Lake City before continuing his education at Punahou in Hawaii and then back to Salt Lake City to graduate from East High School. Jerry had many jobs growing up from a paper route to a garbage hauler, lifeguard at Nibley Park, and digging holes for Utah Power. At the age of 12, he was the radio voice of Reddy Kilowatt for KSL.
College was interrupted while he served in WWII for two and a half years as a merchant marine carrying supplies to many South Pacific islands, the Philippines, and Australia.
He returned to the University of Utah and graduated with degrees in business and speech. He was also a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. While at the University of Utah, he met and married Billye Virginia Olsen.
Having graduated with degrees in business and speech, his chosen profession was real-estate, along with selling life insurance. He and his partners were the first to develop high-rise co-op hotels in Waikiki and the surrounding areas on the island of Oahu. During his time in Hawaii, he was called to serve as bishop of the Kahala ward which he loved and was loved in return. His family experienced true happiness during the seven years he was bishop.
After "retiring" in 1960 at the age of 34, Jerry moved his family to Idaho where he realized his dream of being a gentleman rancher raising quarter horses and registered Black Angus cows. During the next 50 years, he and his wife Billye were actively involved in real estate and development in Idaho, where they established All American Realty. He also served as representative in the Idaho State Legislature and was active as chairman of the Mercy Hospital Board in Nampa.
Jerry & Billye enjoyed traveling the world with family and friends. He never found anything he couldn't or wouldn't eat along the way. He also enjoyed his hobby of painting. He was a loving and caring husband to Billye for four years after she had a debilitating stroke. These last few years he loved driving around the ranch on his Jazzy checking up on everyone and everything.
Jerry was the undisputed patriarch of the Jenkins family. He was never shy. You always knew where he stood and he spoke his mind. He was a loving father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to all.
A special thank you to the wonderful ladies for their loving care, help and support while dad remained in his home. Also, the staff at Heart 'N Home Hospice Care were amazing.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm, viewing from 1:00 to 1:30 on Friday, May 5th at the LDS Chapel, 15782 Farmway Rd, Caldwell under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Jerry will be laid to rest at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, 15862 S. Indiana Ave., Caldwell. Condolences may be shared at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.


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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 2, 2017