Jerad “Jerry” Kyle Williams, age 93 passed away surrounded by those who loved him most on March 7, 2021 at Riverway Assisted Living in South Jordan, Utah. He was born on April 18, 1927 in Boise, Idaho. Jerry was the 2nd child born to Kyle Lorenzo Williams and Lucille Constance Naylin.
Jerry grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where he enjoyed playing tag on the rooftops, swinging on the flagpole, and riding the lions at the state capital with his brother and friends. He graduated from Granite High School. He served honorably in the United States Coast Guard and often reminisced about the time he almost burnt the kitchen down when making a grilled cheese sandwich.
Soon after his return from the Coast Guard, he was smitten by a woman he met on the elevator at ZCMI. The woman was Mildred “Millie” Roundy who soon became his wife on January 18, 1947 and was later sealed for all time and all eternity in the SLC Temple on September 5, 1958. He loved and adored the 7 children they raised together in Kearns, Utah.
Jerry was a wonderful provider for his family. In his white overalls, he wore out his knees, hands, and heart for more than 60-years installing linoleum, tile, and then carpet for hundreds of clients across the state of Utah, and the surrounding states.
Jerry enjoyed an active life making treasured memories with family and friends. He loved going to Yellowstone. Often, he could be found fishing, and some of his favorite stories came from the times he fished on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. He enjoyed gardening and listening loudly to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Jerry was a faithful lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was often found singing in the ward choir. He served in many callings and most enjoyed serving as the Aaronic Priesthood Advisor.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Millie, his sister Dorothy and his brother Paul. Jerry leaves behind an amazing family legacy and is survived by his half-sisters Nancy Smith, Patti Lovoy, half-brother Naylin Hayes. His children Steven Williams (Lorrie), Craig Williams (Rhonda), Kathy Grasteit (Larry), Brad Williams (Rochelle), Suzanne Namba (Jon), Kelly Williams (Diane), Christine Osborne (Steve), 21 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren who look forward to sharing a bowl of ice cream with him upon being reunited because “we love you most”!
With sincere and heartfelt appreciation, the Williams family thank the staff and professionals at Riverway Assisted Living who cared for and brought love and laughter to Jerry during his two-year stay at Riverway. There were so many people who took such good care of Jerry during this time. The family will forever be grateful to all the staff and to Angelica who kept the family connected through technology during the Covid-19 pandemic.
A service will be held on Wednesday March 10 at the ward house on 2700 West 5775 South in Taylorsville UT. The viewing will start at 11:00 to 11:45. The funeral will follow from 12:00 to 1:00 with Graveside services at Memorial Estates 6500 South Redwood Road at 1:30. We would like to extend a special thank you to Goff Mortuary for their services. Please see the Goff Mortuary website for the Zoom link to view the funeral services.
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The world lost one of its’ stalwart sons when Jerry passed away. We are so grateful that we have known and loved him for over 40 years. We can only imagine the reunion when he was reunited with Milly, what great rejoicing there must have been in heaven! Jerry was such a humble and faithful man and we count it as an honor to call him a friend and brother. We hope that all of you can take comfort in the testimony he had of his Savior and look forward to your own reunion with your Mom and Dad! Love, Doug and Kandy Hillam
im forever regretful that our families didnt have a closer relationship, but time, life and geography all got in the way. I've always held Jerry in a special place in my heart, and always will. I miss Millie and all of you as as well. I hope you find peace in this natural order of life and the knowledge that he lead a good life and did well by all of you that remain. myself and the Simon sisters cant make it to the services due to Covid and once again life but we will light a candle and say a prayer for Uncle Jerry. Last time we met i said one of my great regrets was that he never taught me how to fly fish, his response was "what are we waiting for". regards Lee Simon
A kind and good man.