On April 23, 2021, Gerald Bert Pidcock, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, teacher, and friend passed away peacefully in his home from complications related to dementia. He was 86 years old, and to the very end his sense of humor, love for people – especially his family – and the gospel of Jesus Christ was evident.
Jerry was born on October 11, 1934, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Joseph and Bertrude Pidcock. As the second oldest of six children, Jerry learned at an early age the value of hard work. He was voted Student Body President his junior year while attending Hansen High School
Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Navy, when he was only 17 years old, at the beginning of the Korean Conflict. While serving in the Navy, he trained as a drafting and design specialist for three years; and, attained the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class.
Encouraged by his love for design, Jerry pursued a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He graduated from Utah State University and worked as an Associate Professor of Drafting and Architectural Design at the Salt Lake Community College.
In 1969, he married Patricia Phillips in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they have four children and nine grandchildren. Pat and Jerry raised their family in Taylorsville, Utah, for 25 years, where he also served as Bishop of the Taylorsville 8th Ward. In 1993, they moved to Holladay, and then to Bountiful, Utah. In May 1997, their 19-year-old son, Stephen, was tragically killed in a truck rollover accident in Bountiful. Two years following that tragic loss, Pat and Jerry divorced (Patricia passed away in 2005.)
Jerry was self-employed for several years and then went to work for Home Depot, where they valued his expertise and commitment to work, and his natural ability with people. It was at Home Depot in Centerville where Jerry met his sweetheart, Elaine. They have been married for 20 years and their combined families have given them ten children and thirty-six grandchildren.
Throughout his life, Jerry has always worked hard physically and enjoyed gardening, home projects, adventures in camping and rappelling, the great outdoors, reading, sailing, family trips, building projects, toe-tapping music, board games; and, who can forget neighborhood night games ‘and kick the can’?
He loves the gospel of Jesus Christ and has a natural optimism for life that has seen him through many tough and trying times. He also had a passion for basketball and the Utah Jazz.
Jerry served faithfully in many church callings and especially enjoyed working with the youth, who he mentored and loved. He enjoyed teaching Gospel Doctrine and ministering one on one. In July 2002, Jerry and Elaine served a full-time Church Education Service mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Michigan, Detroit Mission. While serving there, they very much enjoyed attending the temple weekly. Jerry came home loving the temple.
Following their mission service, they made their home in Spanish Fork, Utah, where Jerry had a great opportunity to design, build and manage the completion of duplex properties in the area. He had always dreamed of building homes for a living and now had the opportunity to do it, and he loved it.
He served as an ordinance worker in the Payson Utah Temple and was employed again by Home Depot, where he worked part-time until age 83, when he couldn’t work any longer. Throughout his lifetime, he made friends easily, had a gift for making people feel valued, and felt happiest spending time with his family. We cherish all the fun times we’ve had together with him; his hugs and love will be very missed.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Elaine; children: Trisha (Gordon) Archuleta; Tara (Brook) Bowen; Matthew Pidcock; Dan (Heather) Ferguson; Lisa (Paul) Bergman; Jared (Julie) Ferguson; Julie (Sean) Hendricks; Matt (Misty) Ferguson; Casey (Meghan) Ferguson; Ryan (Lindsey) Ferguson; and 36 grandchildren.
Elaine, and Jerry’s family, expresses special thanks to Lori Tidwell for the devoted care and attentiveness she gave to Jerry in his home. Appreciation is also given to all the caregivers from Symbii Hospice.
A viewing will be held Tuesday, April 27, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home in Spanish Fork. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at Noon, with a viewing held prior from 10:45-11:45 a.m. in the South Jordan Highland Stake 3rd Ward building, 9897 South Dunsinane Drive, South Jordan, Utah. Interment, with military honors, will be held at approximately 3:00 p.m. at the Spanish Fork City Cemetery.
The funeral will be available on Zoom
When: Apr 28, 2021 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Funeral Services
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