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Gerald (Jerry) Wilford Jorgensen

January 28, 1936 — August 9, 2021

Gerald (Jerry) Wilford Jorgensen

Born, Murray Utah, 1936, Grandpa Jerry passed away peacefully on Monday August 9th, 2021. He was 85.

Jerry was a kind, gentle and humble man, who lived his life for his family, his children and grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Jerry lived his life only a few miles from where he was born. The youngest of 3 brothers, he grew up in West Jordan.

As a youth, Jerry loved pheasant hunting in the fields around their home and was an all-star baseball player.  He loved his dogs and a horse he named Coal.

He attended Grade School and Junior High in West Jordan and would always talk about the day they were rushed from the school as the roof caved in.

Jerry attended Jordan High School in Sandy, and was a tried and true "Beetdigger" his entire life.

While attending Jordan High School, he met his life-long companion, Argene Adams or "Genie." The two were married August 22, 1957 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Prior to marriage, Jerry served in the Utah Air National Guard for 3 years and obtained a bachelors degree from the University of Utah in Business/Accounting.

The two settled in Sandy, Utah and raised a family of 2 girls and 2 boys.

Jerry was hired by the Hercules Aerospace Company, where he worked for 30 years and retired as lead contracts manager. He and his team managed and negotiated projects with international aerospace companies. They built rockets and missiles that were launched from submarines and even worked on the space shuttle.

Jerry was actively involved in all aspects of community and family life.  He coached little league teams and served as president of the Sandy little league organization. He loved attending sporting events at Jordan High School and never missed a Cougar football game or the Utah Jazz.

Grandpa Jerry was an active member of the LDS church and served in many different capacities. He was a member of the High Council, a counselor in the Bishopric and served as Bishop of the Sandy 4th Ward. Later in life, he and Argene served two service missions at the new Conference Center and at Intermountain Hospital.

Jerry lived his life for Grandma Genie and for his children and grandchildren. He will be missed by all.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents Holger and Elsa Jorgensen and by his two older brothers Jack and Brent.

He is survived by his four children; Jerilyn Hyatt, Bryce Jorgensen (Cindy), Brenda Hatch (Shane) and Keyne Jorgensen (Holly), grandchildren:  Aubrey Hyatt Butterfield (Jason), Jeron Hyatt, Jentry Hatch, Connor Hatch, Parker Hatch, Clayton Jorgensen, Spencer Jorgensen, Bransen Jorgensen, Brinlee Jorgensen, great grandchildren: Addilyn Hyatt, Taylor Butterfield, Rylan Hatch.

For those who wish to call or attend, viewing and funeral services will be held at the LDS Chapel located at 8950 South 400 East in Sandy.

Viewing:  Sunday, August 15th at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm and Monday, August 16th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am prior to the funeral service.

Funeral Service: 11:00 am.

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