Jerold (Jerry) Day Walker
1942 ~ 2017

On March 22, 2017, Jerold D. Walker, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away at age 74 due to complications from cancer.

Jerold was born on December 30, 1942 to Horace and Verna Walker. He was the second of five children and grew up in Heber City and Alpine Utah. He graduated from American Fork High School in 1961 and attended the University of Utah. Jerold was called to serve a 2 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints and happily served in the Northern Indian Mission. When he returned, he married his sweetheart Cheryl Lee Beck on July 22, 1966. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Shortly after they were married Jerold enlisted in the Navy and spent 21 months with the Seabees during the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge, Jerold went back to school at the University of Utah and received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Jerold spent most of his career working for Utah Power and Light and later PacifiCorp when the two companies merged. Work opportunities took him and Cheryl and their two oldest children Amy and Amber to Price Utah where two more children Amanda and Brian were born. Later work would take the family to Centerville, Utah and then on to Beaverton, Oregon where they grew to love the Northwest and have lived for the last 28 years. After an early retirement, Jerold started his own consulting company JD Walker Consulting Inc, and finally officially retired in July of 2011. Jerold and Cheryl then served an 18 month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints working amongst the young single adults of Nashville, Tennessee.

Jerold will be remembered for the easy way he made friends. He could sling a football and a hammer and loved to jog. He ran 10 Hood to Coast relay races in his 50’s and 60’s and climbed to the summit of Mount Hood. He loved to camp, hike, hunt and listen to country music. He also loved to attend reunions and would attend both Wasatch High School and American Fork High School reunions as well as Seabee reunions and family reunions. He similarly loved to serve in his church callings including as a Counselor in the Stake Presidency, High Counsel, Deacon’s Quorum Advisor, Scout Master and Primary Teacher and faithful Home Teacher.

Jerold is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cheryl and their four children and their spouses; Amy and (Mark) Monson, Amber and (Reed) Kofoed, Amanda and (Roger) Ackerson, and Brian and (Rachel) Walker; his grandchildren, Jordan and Justin Hatch, Anna Monson, Krista, Trevor and Alexis Kofoed, Keegan Hauser, Beckett and Adelaide Walker, as well as his married grandchildren, Mackenzie and (Spenser) Delong, Brad and (Stephanie) Ackerson, and Whitney and (Sam)Bernhisel; and three great grandchildren, Quinn and Reed Delong and Clayton Ackerson. He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses; Kenneth and (Sandra) Walker, Steven and (Leona) Walker, Carolyn and (Chris) Norman, Mark and (Shelley) Walker and Linda and (Mark) Sweeten. He was preceded in death by his parents Horace and Verna Walker and great grandson Henry Bernhisel.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 11:00 am at the North Alpine LDS Stake Center Chapel, 1125 East Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, Utah. Family and friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the church prior to services. Interment will be at the Alpine City Cemetery.

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