Gerald Smith ‘Jerry’ Eyre

Gerald Smith “Jerry” Eyre died Oct. 15, 2012. He was 81.

A private family graveside service will take place at the Independence Cemetery Dist. 17, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. in Independence.

Jerry was born July 15, 1931, in Lovell, Big Horn, Wyo., to Orton Berdette and Helen Lovevoize Smith Eyre. The Eyre family moved to Randsburg in 1935. Jerry was one of seven children. His father was employed at the famous Yellow Aster Gold Mine in Randsburg as a hardrock miner. A strike closed the mine in 1940-41, so the Eyre family moved to Ridgecrest and lived for a short time in one of the Joe Fox properties situated near what is now the IVW Water District office.

Jerry’s father found employment at the American Potash and Chemical Company in Trona, now called Searles Valley Minerals. The family moved to Trona in 1942, when Jerry attended the Trona school system until he graduated from high school.

Jerry married Mary Ann Beach of Ridgecrest. The marriage was blessed with three sons, Jerry, Vince and Brad. Jerry was employed as a line mechanic and new car prep technician. Before illness forced his early retirement, he had attained a service management position at both the Ford and the Chevrolet dealerships.

The entire Jerry Eyre family enjoyed the same hobbies and interests: motorcycles, sprint cars, jalopy races and membership in the Dust Devils Sand Busters and other clubs. They enjoyed the competitions, race meets and social activities those clubs were famous for.

At the time of his death, Jerry was at the Shadow Hills Convalescent Hospital in Sunland, Calif., where he had been a patient for the last eight years. The wonderful Hospice group called “Care of the Valley” was with Jerry at the time of his death.

Submitted by the family of Gerald Smith “Jerry” Eyre

Story First Published: 2012-11-07