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Gerald (Jerry) T Robinson April 5, 1943 - January 21, 2020

Jerry passed away peacefully on January 21, 2020 with his wife Marianne at his side. He fought so bravely against the cancer that took him from us.

He was born April 5, 1943 in Afton, Wyoming. He was proud of his Wyoming roots and loved “Star Valley” and the many relatives that remained in the valley. He shared many memories of family get togethers and a special connection with his double cousins Bob and Karen. He loved to tease his sister Janet by taping paper to her cat’s feet so it had difficulty navigating the linoleum floor. He was a definite teaser. He had great admiration for his brother Verdell (Rob). He followed Rob’s lead to work as a fishing guide on Jackson Lake and also to college in Logan. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He married Melanie Harris during college, and after graduating they moved to Salt Lake City. They had two children, Erik and Holly. As happens in life, family structures shift and they divorced.

Jerry married Marianne Schultz on November 24, 1973. Jerry nurtured Marianne’s son Billy as though he was his own son. He was always willing to help out with school programs, projects, and volunteered to coach or assist athletic events regularly. Bill and Jerry had a special bond. As a family we had wonderful adventures, including hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, cutting Christmas trees and wood, raising Arabian horses. Erik and Holly visited as often as they could and we had some really fun vacations. A special memory is a camping trip to Canada and seeing the Calgary Stampede.

Jerry had some very “special friends” that he hunted, fished and golfed with for years, as well as maintaining several relationships from the Sigma Nu fraternity days of college.

Jerry’s dad, Theo Robinson, was a wonderfully talented man when it came to woodworking and working with his hands…this obviously genetic trait passed directly on to Jerry who was extremely gifted in this regard as well. He built many wonderful things for the family: furniture, wood art, elkhorn chandeliers, etc. There wasn’t anything that was broken that he couldn’t fix.

1968-1997 Jerry was employed by Mountain Bell/US West Communications. During this time, he sold Yellow Pages, managed sales offices, and trained sales people.

1998-2002: after retiring, Jerry kept busy with various jobs including selling cars and running a custom handyman/woodworking business. He was then recruited to become a stockbroker for RBC Dain Rauscher, while giving it a good effort, after moving to Boise, he decided that being a stockbroker didn’t prove enjoyable. In 2004 he was again recruited, this time to become a catastrophe insurance adjuster. He and Marianne traveled wherever there was work: 14 states in all with highlights including hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill, and hurricane Sandy.
Of all the jobs he had he seemed to enjoy being an adjuster the most! He even talked a best friend into doing it and they were able to work the same storm several times. He was still climbing roofs at 75 years old.

During all these different careers he met and helped out many people. Jerry was a compassionate man. People loved his down to earth, sincere manner. He had a gift of never forgetting a face. He would remember people and usually where he had me them.

Jerry could pretty much do anything he put his mind to. He had a beautiful singing voice and he even played a little guitar. He was a great dancer and loved to dance, especially the jitterbug. Jerry loved to tell stories. He had lots of stories and some he told over and over…many of them even had some truth to them. Jerry’s strength, support, love, hugs, stories, laugh and smile will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A special thank you to St. Luke’s Hospice for their kind and thoughtful care during Jerry’s journey.

He was preceded in death by his parents Theo and Grace Robinson, his sister Janet Ellis, brother Verdell (Rob) Robinson, and Mother-in-law Marion Van Dongen.

Jerry is survived by his wife Marianne Robinson, of Eagle, son Erik Robinson of Murray, son Bill Schultz of Eagle, Utah, daughter Holly Robinson of Sandy, Utah, granddaughter’s Emma Jo Schultz, Kylee Kieffer and Kelsey Kieffer, great granddaughter’s Vivian Kieffer and Mikayah Turner, great grandson Ryder Kieffer, brother-in-law Michael Bishop, and Father-in-law Ron Van Dongen.

A memorial service will be held, 11:00 am, Saturday, February 1, 2020 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 700 W. State St., Eagle, Idaho.

11:00 am, Saturday, February 1, 2020 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 700 W. State St., Eagle, Idaho.

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    Andrew Myhre says

    The obituary describing Jerry, from my perspective is “spot-on” … well done by whomever wrote it.
    Jerry trained me as a yellow page sales person. During training in Denver, we became friends. Over the years we hunted and golfed a number of times. He was with me bow hunting when I shot a bull elk … he bugled it in and let me take the shot! It was a fantastic experience that I loved sharing with him. He became my stock broker. I enjoyed many stories and laughs with Jerry. He was so warm, friendly and inviting. I truly loved him. I’ll never forget you Jerry … may you rest in peace knowing you shined a wonderful light on myself and clearly many others.

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    Deb & Jim Broich says

    Sharing in your sorrow. With love and friendship

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    Chris Simmons says

    You will be greatly missed. RIP Jerry

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    joel gardner says

    Jerry was a wonderful friend and classmate at Star Valley High School. He will be missed.

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    Andrew Myhre says

    My condolences to the loss of a wonderful man.
    A tip-of-the-hat to whom ever wrote the obituary notice describing Jerry … in my opinion it is “spot on”!
    I met Jerry in 1992 when I trained as a yellow page sales person in Denver. Jerry was my trainer.
    We became quick friends … from the start he was kind, warm, inviting & playful. Over the years these traits where always present.
    We hunted and golfed together many times. I always loved time spent with Jerry.
    He helped coordinate a hunting trip where I shot a bull Elk with my bow-n-arrow … Jerry bugled him in and let me take the shot! You can be sure I heard many hunting stories from Jerry’s past will walking through the Colorado wilderness.
    Jerry became my stock broker.
    I truly loved Jerry and my fondness for him will remain present forever.

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    Kenny M Heap says

    Marianne and family
    We didn’t hear about this until today.the 6th. So sorry for your loss. He will be missed a bunch. I’m glad I had a couple of phone conversations with him last year about fixing Grace and Theo’s head stone.
    Kenny and Marta Heap

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