Jerry Elwin Chidester
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Jerry Elwin Chidester
1925 ~ 2020
Salt Lake City, UT-Jerry passed away on June 17, 2020. He has reunited with his wife, Toni; and his parents, John E. and Florence Loveland Chidester; as well as his siblings: John Elden, Ida Mary, Orson M., Wesley L., Woodrow W., Florence, and Ray E. Chidester.
Jerry was born on May 18, 1925, the youngest of 8 children. He was always called "My Little Angel" by his mother. He was an Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Rose Park 10th Ward.
Jerry graduated from West High School and shortly afterwards he joined the Navy, serving proudly in WW II. After the war, Jerry continued his military service in the Utah Air National Guard. His unit was activated during the both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He continued to serve in the Air Guard as the Supervisor of the Fabrication Section. He retired after 35 years of service as a CMSGT. After retirement, he served as the Enlisted Advisor of the General of the Air National Guard until 1983. He was always very proud of his military service.
Jerry enjoyed a good game of golf and was a caring compassionate person with a quick wit and a good joke along the way. He was a devoted and loving husband to Toni, father to John (Kathy), Jody (Debbie), Christi (Dan) and Kevin (Renee). Along with his surviving children, he was very proud of his 24 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
He will be missed by all.
The family will receive guests on Monday, June 22, 2020 from 10:00 to 10:45 am at Larkin Sunset Gardens with a graveside to follow at 11:00 am.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Jun. 21, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
JUN
22
Visitation
10:00 - 10:45 AM
Larkin Sunset Gardens
JUN
22
Graveside service
11:00 AM
Larkin Sunset Gardens
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9 entries
June 25, 2020
Chief chidester was outstanding leader in the Guard. I enjoyed our conversations during our time together serving this great nation.

Stephen Bird
Coworker
June 24, 2020
I always remember the story how Mom and Dad were down in Clovis New Mexico for a spilt second together with Tony and Jerry, I think that is where they met. Then Jerry and Dad hooked up again UANG, then once a week after that they were going dancing or out to dinner every Thursday night. They were the sweetest couple, their 50 wedding anniversary was so much fun. I go on and on with all the good memories of them, great family friends always and forever.
Joan Chapman McCombs
Friend
June 24, 2020
I can Picture Tony and Jerry all dressed up headed out to dance With Mom and Dad in the 60's. Good family friends for forever, good work friends for life!
Allen Chapman
Served In Military Together
June 22, 2020
I will always miss you grandpa. I will always remember sitting in your bean bag chair and combing your hair. Going to breakfast with you and you dropping grandma and I off at the mall. You were an amazing man. I love you.
Amber
Grandchild
June 21, 2020
What do you say about the man that shared his name with you for 74 years. Thank you for showing me the way. I have always loved you and Ill keep you in my hart and mind for the rest of my days. Ill always remember writing letters to you on the side of UANG airplanes while I was over seas real air mail and the flight crew said they wold deliver it to you.
Jerry James Chidester
Family
June 21, 2020
What do you say about the man that shared his name with you for 74 years. Thank you for showing me the way. I have always loved you and Ill keep you in my hart and mind for the rest of my days.
Jerry James Chidester
Family
June 21, 2020
He was a very loving man. His great sense of humor, and storytelling made you laugh so hard! He has been a huge part of my life, and he will always be a treasured friend.
Penny (Matern) Haxton
Friend
June 21, 2020
I was so glad to have known Jerry. Had good times poking fun at each other when Penny and I would come to visit her family. He was a good man and I have a great deal of respect for him still. Thank you for being my friend Chief.
Jon Haxton
Friend
June 21, 2020
It was a pleasure to work with Jerry at the UTANG. He was/is a great example to all. He was a great mentor and his word could always be trusted. Grateful to have know him as a friend and coworker. Look forward to seeing him again.
Tom Shaw
Coworker
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