Jerry Evan Fonnesbeck passed away in the early morning hours of July 25, 2023. Jerry was born on July 29, 1950 in Logan, Utah to Reed Lamont Fonnesbeck and Myrtle Mae Olsen. He attended school at Logan High School where he met the love of his life, Vicky Lue Johnson. They were married on March 11, 1968 and had three children: Patrick Evan (Meghan) of Colorado Springs, CO; Angela (Tom Johnson) of Garden City, UT; and Jason Lamont (Jill) of Hyrum, UT. Jerry is survived by his wife and three children, 12 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Douglas (Trissa) of Farmington, UT, and sister Joan Preston (Chuck) of Island Park, ID, as well as many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Jerry was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, sister (Tamara) and his beloved grandson, Jaxon.
As a young man Jerry worked at a local grocery store where he learned the value of hard work. He was able to save enough money to buy his first motorcycle, that was promptly sold by his mother. He then bought a yellow, 2-seater Karmann Ghia that became the basis of much family lore. He spent most of his adult life working for Thiokol/ATK in the refurbishment and redesign division before taking a medical retirement in 2004. Jerry loved the space shuttle program and all things space. He regularly dreamed of traveling the stars.
Jerry was an avid reader, with a quirky sense of humor. He loved the outdoors – skiing, camping, fishing. But mostly he loved his family. They were his entire world. Jerry was full of love and compassion for all living things – human, or other, big or small. Somehow he made everyone feel as if they were the most special person in the room. His heart was so big. He was a giant among men, and an example to us all!
A special thank you to those who cared for him including the staff at Autumn Care, especially Tammy, David and Bonnie, as well as the nurses and aids in the intermediate care wing of McKay-Dee Hospital. He loved you all like family.
Jerry always quoted his father in saying “be kind to kids and cats.” He had a special place in his heart for those who needed love and a place to belong. In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with Jerry’s love, please make donations in his honor to the Little Lambs Foundation for Kids (littlelambsofutah.org) or the Cache Humane Society (cachehumane.org).
A viewing will be held at Allen-Hall Mortuary on Monday, July 31, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. A graveside service will follow on August 1, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. at the Logan Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to join together after the graveside service at the Logan Golf and Country Club for a light lunch and remembrance in Jerry’s memory.