Gerald Joseph “Jerry” Herman passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, in Evanston at the age of 78 after a valiant battle against cancer.
He was born Nov. 9, 1934, in Mountain View to George Francis and Violet A. (Lane) Herman.
He married the love of his life, Joy Ann Sorensen, in Randolph, Utah, on Dec. 15, 1953. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple on July 1, 1989.
Jerry served his country from 1953 to 1957 in the United States Navy. He worked as a blacksmith in the Union Pacific Railroad shops, then became a heavy equipment operator and worked building the interstate highway from Utah through Cheyenne. He then worked at the Kemmerer Coal Mine for 28 years. After retirement Jerry did mechanic work so that he could stay busy.
He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He particularly enjoyed spending time with his family and taught all of them to love and appreciate nature. They will always remember the many camping and hunting trips spent with grandpa and the knowledge that he passed on to them. He was very mechanically minded and enjoyed helping neighbors and even total strangers if they needed cars, lawn mowers, etc. repaired. He loved doing service for others and was happiest when he was busy. He loved to read and had a great desire for knowledge.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions. He and his wife Joy filled a service mission at the Bishop’s Storehouse for 3 1/2 years.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joy, daughter Julie Kay Jones and son John Golden Herman, all of Evanston, and eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was a selfless and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be missed greatly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, George; a sister, Genevieve Benton; two infant brothers, John and Terrence; and an infant sister Dorothy.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. in the Evanston LDS Stake Center, 1225 Morse Lee St. Friends may call at the Crandall Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 to 10:40 a.m.
Interment with military honors will follow in the Evanston City Cemetery.
An online guestbook is available at crandallfhevanston.com.