PRICE-Gerald Theron Gerrard, age 75, passed away at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo on Sunday, May 9, 2010, with his family by his side.
Jerry was born in Salt Lake City on Oct. 1, 1934. He graduated from South High in 1954 with a degree in electronics. He married his high school sweetheart Vera Jean Egan on July 23, 1955. Jerry served in the National Guard as a Sergeant First Class E-6 in the Artillery Observation Battalion. Jean and Jerry moved their family to Price in 1961, while he was working as a communications and electronics technician for Utah Power & Light. He retired from UP&L after 30 years of service.
Jerry was very intelligent. His passion for reading gave him the knowledge and ability to pursue his many varied interests. He was an all round do-it-yourself guy. He could fix anything. He built many things including microwave ovens, ham radios, ski boats, campers and a family cabin in Scofield. He was an entrepreneur of several small businesses over the years, of which many may remember his boat shop, PEMCO Stereo Shop, a telephone answering service, and a mobile two-way radio system business. He is most recently known for his beautiful greenhouse, "Riverside Gardens Nursery" in Carbonville.
For years Jerry enjoyed visiting with many friends at the local coffee shops. From the Hi-Spot to the Husky and then Market Express. He is sure to be remembered there, along with his side kick "Tisha" where he often made them laugh with his latest jokes or crazy hats.
He was preceded in death by his mother LaRue Swindle, father Theron Gerrard and step-father Roscoe Swindle.
He will be fondly remembered by his wife, Vera Jean Egan Gerrard, and their seven children, Connie (Jeff) Smith, Darrell (Linda) Gerrard, Debbie DiRusso, Lori (Alan) Peterson, Kristi (Jeff) Green, Tammy (Craig) Atwood, and Dave (Stephanie) Gerrard. He was very proud of his 12 grandchildren; Shawna Carroll, Darrick Smith, Phillip Gerrard, Shauntel Peterson, Jeffrey Green, Alex Green, Jaycee Atwood, Brayden Atwood, Kaylee Atwood, Mercedes Larson, Stefan Larson, and Sam Larson. He was also a great-grandfather to six great-grandchildren: Rebecca Carroll, Dawson Carroll, Elizabeth Carroll, James Carroll, Gracie Green, Kennan Green.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Utah Valley Health Care Foundation, "Family Guest House" 1034 N. 500 W., Provo, UT, 84604 (801) 357-7600.
The family would like to invite all of his many friends to join them in celebrating his life and memories. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Price. A viewing will be Thursday 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the mortuary. Services are in the care of Fausett Mortuary. Friends and family may sign the guestbook and share memories of Jerry at www.fausettmortuary.com.