Gerald Robert Swasey
Born: 9/1/1937, Ferron, Utah
Jerry was born in Ferron, Utah on September 1, 1937 to Robert and Jane (Fish) Swasey. His childhood was spent in Mona, Ferron and Dragerton Utah with his parents and sisters Mary Swasey Hunt and Kathleen Swasey Huggins. Before finishing his Senior year of high school, Jerry went to work sheep herding.
He met the love of his life, Verla Lile about a year later thanks to the matchmaking skills of Verla’s cousin Pat. After three years of courting, the couple married on December 23, 1958. They had four children, sons Gerald Robert II (Bub), Michael D., Harold Duane and daughter Terri L.
Jerry was a jack-of-all-trades and worked in various fields including cooking and waiting tables at the Crescent Junction restaurant, was a pole climber and installed tv line for Town TV, blasted the railroad cut for the line to Potash, and worked for Utah Gas for nearly thirty years. No matter what he did, his favorite job was mining uranium on Polar Mesa with his father-in-law H.D. Lile.
In his seventies, he wrote and self-published The Untold Story of Polar Mesa that detailed the history of mining on Polar Mesa. It was important to Jerry that the history of the area and the importance of the industry’s beginnings not be lost. He very much enjoyed handing out the books to his nurses, patrons at The Moab Diner and anyone else he had a minute to talk to.
Jerry moved an old mine shack from Polar Mesa onto five acres on Willow Basin. After enlarging and renovating, the cabin that became a family retreat for weekends.
Jerry is survived by his wife Verla Swasey, sons Bub (Debbie) Swasey and Duane (Becky) Swasey, daughter Terri (Art) Hines, daughter-in-law Susan Swasey, eleven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, sisters Mary Hunt and Kathleen Huggins and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Jane Swasey, in-laws H.D. and Lucile Lile, brothers-in-law LeRoy Hunt and Fred Huggins, son Michael D. Swasey, grandson Carson Swasey and great-granddaughter Zoey Sue Swasey.
We will greatly miss Jerry and the stories he enjoyed sharing with everyone.
A Graveside Service will be held Saturday February 1, 2020 at 12:00 noon at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Tributes:I know everyone has said everything there is to say about Poppy. We all agree with the kind of man you were. The word that everyone uses is FAMILY. What a great example you were to them. I know you showed me how important family is. I'm so happy you're at peace and you're where you need to be. I love you with all my heart and THANK YOU for being so kind to me.
- BeckyDEAREST VERLA AND FAMILY; WE ARE SO SORRY TO READ IN THE PAPER ABOUT JERRY. I AM SO GLAD I GOT TO KNOW HIM IN HIS LATER LIFE AND YOU ALSO. YOU WERE A GREAT ADDITION TO OUR FISH REUNIONS. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. I SHARED HIS BOOK ABOUT MOAB HISTORY THAT HE WROTE WITH MY NEPHEW IN PENNSYVANIA AND HE COULD NOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD ABOUT IT. HE LOVES HISTORY AND REALLY ENJOYED THAT BOOK. WE SEND OUR FAMILY SYMPATHY AND LOVE TO ALL OF YOUR FAMILY. LOVE
- Brent and MarvelVerla, Teri, Buba, Duane, Spouses & Precious Grand Children My heart no has a big hole in it. Everyone loved your Husband, Father & Poppa Never Saw him or Mom when I was not greeted with a hug and Kiss. With all the Family and Friends Gerald will not be forgotten, very missed but not forgotten. Chuck and I will be telling Gerald stories. Rest in Peace & please if you have a moment, keep an eye on us all. Love
- Cathy & ChuckVerla and children, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Jerry was a wonderful man. I know he loved his family so much. I know you will miss him. Sending hugs and prayers at this time...Verla....love you
- Sharon Rogers
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