Reed Berry Jenkins
1931 ~ 2015

Reed Berry Jenkins passed away peacefully at home into the arms of his loving wife Diane on December 8, 2015.

Reed was born in Portland, OR to Mark Berry Jenkins and Eleanor Elizabeth Glass. He spent his early years in the San Francisco Bay Area, then settled in Pendleton, OR. He graduated from Pendleton Senior High School in 1948, where he played on a championship football team, acted in several plays, and enjoyed the outdoors of Eastern Oregon fishing, hunting, and skiing.

He attended Brigham Young University for one year before serving a mission for the LDS church in the Central States Mission. He played football for the Y, and enjoyed skiing Utah snow.

After returning from his mission, he continued his studies at the Y in Physics and Mathematics. He was very active at school: he was the Cougar Keeper, in Student Government including Senior Class President for 1955, was a member of the Vikings and served as President, was a Student Judge, a member of Blue Key and Intercollegiate Knights, taught skiing at Timp Haven and Alta, and was a math teacher for underclassman.

While at school, he met a beautiful blonde and fell madly in love with her. Diane Watrous was eventually overcome by his country boy charm, fell in love with him, and they were married in the Mesa, AZ LDS Temple in 1955.

He was part of the Air Force ROTC program while at BYU, and was called into active duty in 1958. After deciding against a career as a pilot, the family moved to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. There he developed a love and expertise with rockets that lead to a lifelong career in the Aerospace industry.

After his full time service, he continued in the Air Force Reserve, obtaining the rank of Captain. Upon leaving Holloman AFB, he joined the new space agency called NASA. He worked on early sounding rocket and space programs, and spent time at Cape Canaveral for launches.

In 1963 the family moved to Southern California to join Space General and its parent Aerojet General. He would spend over 30 years with the Aerojet companies, retiring in 1994. He had Top Secret Security Clearance, and worked on many Government and Military projects. He was a member of several National Boards and Committees, spoke at numerous conferences and workshops, and was invited to be in Who’s Who in America.

The family moved to Cameron Park in Northern California where he and Diane lived for over 30 years. After retirement, Reed and Diane traveled the world extensively, visiting over 70 countries.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in numerous callings throughout his life. His two most rewarding callings were serving as Bishop of the Cameron Park Ward, and serving a full-time mission with his sweetheart Diane to Malaysia and Pakistan. They loved working with the members in those lands, and tried to continue to help and serve the members even after returning home.

Reed is survived by his children: Sheri Jenkins Barbour (Rod), Barry R. Jenkins(Sara) and Tammy Jenkins Martin(Tony). At the time of his passing he had 11 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Alpine LDS Stake Center Chapel, 98 East Canyon Crest Road, Alpine, Utah. Family and friends may call Friday, December 18, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah, and on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the church prior to services. Interment will be at Alpine City Cemetery.

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