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Jerry Western

Jerry Duane Western

Wednesday, December 27th, 1933 - Saturday, December 19th, 2020
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Obituary Jerry D. Western

Jerry Duane Western, 86, of Springville, Utah returned to his Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 19, 2020. Jerry was in the company of family when he departed this world.

Jerry was born December 27, 1933 to George Irvin and Lucy (Curtis) Western in Pomerene, Arizona. Jerry’s parents divorced when he was young and Lucy remarried Arthur Chesley. Arthur’s efforts to support his expanded family took them to various locations, including Washington State and Pomona, California, where Jerry graduated from high school. Jerry worked at an auto parts store after high school until he entered the United States Army in October 1956. After basic training at Ft. Lewis Washington, Jerry was sent to Korea where he served 13 months with the transitional force.

Prior to deploying to Korea, Jerry married Joan (Wilcox) whom he had met through his brother, Robert, who was serving a church mission in Joan’s home town, Bridgeport, Nebraska.

After his return from military service, Jerry was hired by the Pomona, California police department. During his 15 years with that agency, Jerry served as a patrol officer, training officer and detective. During this time, he returned to school and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California Polytechnic State University.

Hoping for a better environment for his children, Jerry left police work, withdrew his retirement, and bought a small market in Logan, Utah. Unaware that the business records had been fraudulently altered to indicate a successful enterprise, Jerry, Joan, and the family struggled with the store until it was clear it could not be profitable.

Upon returning to California, Jerry, willing to work any honest job, began as a security guard for the General Dynamics company. During this time, he also applied to the Sante Fe Railroad Police Department and was hired. Due to his education, experience, and demonstrated abilities, Jerry quickly rose to the rank of lieutenant.

After retirement from the railroad police, Jerry and Joan moved to Woodland Hills, Utah, back to California, and then back to Utah again, settling in Payson.

Jerry was a High Priest in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in numerous positions including in the High Priests’ Group leadership, ward clerk, and as senior missionaries with Joan at the Kirtland, Ohio visitors’ center.

After Joan’s passing, Jerry moved to the Ashford Assisted Living Home in Springville, UT.
Jerry was preceded in death by Joan in 2018 and by his brothers Gene, Marvin, and Robert and Sister, Verda (Adams).

Jerry is survived by four sons and one daughter
Russell Western (Joy) of Wildomar, California
Steven Western, Palm Desert, California
Kristine Wright (Ken), Salem, Utah
Rex Western, Corona, California
Jerry D. Western II, Riverton, Utah

Jerry’s posterity includes 27 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Jerry is also survived by his stepsister, Anita Fishbach and Stepbrother, Ed Chesley.

Viewing:
January 6, 2021, 9:30 - 10:45 am
Spring Creek Chapel (Legacy Funerals)
737 N. Main St.
Springville, Utah

Graveside Service
January 6, 2021,11:30 am
Payson City Cemetery
400 N 800 E
Payson, Utah

For those unable to attend, the service will also be live-streamed at the Spring Creek Utah County Mortuary Facebook page, beginning at 11:30 am


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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 | 9:30am - 10:45am
    When
    Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 9:30am - 10:45am
    Location
    Spring Creek Utah County Mortuary
    Address
    737 North Main Street
    Springville, Utah 84663
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  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 | 11:30am
    When
    Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 11:30am
    Location
    Payson City Cemetery
    Address
    400 North 800 East
    Payson, UT 84651
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 |
    When
    Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
    Location
    Payson City Cemetery
    Address
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    Payson, Utah 84651
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