Jerry was born on May 13, 1935 to Marie Patten Buys. He married his high school sweetheart Erma Sutherland on October 15, 1953. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple.
In his professional life Jerry served as a police officer for Payson City for five years, and he was a member of the Payson City Fire Department. He (later) retired as the Director of the Utah Driver’s License Division. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints he served in multiple callings throughout the years, including the Bishop of the Park Ward.
Jerry loved sports. He was a Golden-Gloves welterweight boxer for Dell Fower’s Boxing Club in Provo. When his sons were young Jerry coached them in little league baseball. Jerry and his adult sons played softball together for many years. He was an avid fan of the NY Yankees, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, BYU sports, and Payson High School sports. He was a car enthusiast who loved to shop for cars.
Jerry cherished his family. His children have fond memories of camping at Fish Lake. Jerry and Erma loved spending time with their children and grandchildren at the family cabin in Fairview. Jerry is remembered as strong and kind. He quietly served his family and community. He was level-headed and capable.
Jerry is preceded in death by 3 siblings, his wife Erma, and his son Jerry E. Buys. He is survived by his 3 siblings, his son Michael (Rebecca) of Orem, daughter-in-law Cindy F. Buys of St. George, son Craig (Cindy) of Payson, daughter Joni (Jason) Bateman of Payson, 21 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Paige Steele and Chelsea Gillen of Canyon Home Care and Hospice for the dedicated comfort and care given to our Father.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 274 South Main Street in Payson, Utah. Visitation will be prior from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Payson City Cemetery, 400 North 800 East, Payson, Utah.