1931 ~ 2015
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
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
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
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
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.