Jerry Vaughn, 86, passed away on June 25, in Ivins, Utah. He was born Feb. 27, 1930, in Glendale, California, to Cora and Roy Vaughn. Jerry married Mary Fraser, the love of his life for over 60 years, on Oct. 25, 1955.
Jerry grew up in California, graduating from Eagle Rock High School and attending Pasadena City College and Chico State University before joining the Air Force in 1950 at the outbreak of the Korean War. He retired from the Air Force at Vandenberg AFB California as a Master Sergeant after a 22-year career that took him to Japan, Michigan (where he met and married Mary), Florida, Italy, North Dakota and Illinois His military career was followed by a second career as a quality control officer with aerospace companies Boeing and Textron in the missile program at Vandenberg AFB.
Jerry and Mary retired to St. George, Utah, in 1992 where he enjoyed a life of fishing and golf, plus traveling the country, camping in their RV. He was also an avid sports fan, especially auto racing. Jerry was a “truly great guy” always ready to help a friend and neighbor with any project. He could fix anything. His smile, sense of humor and kindness will be greatly missed.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters Vicky (Mike) Milliken of St. George, Utah, and Valerie (John) Hennessey; and granddaughter Sierra of Nashville, Tennessee.
A special thanks to Sun Tree Hospice, Zions Way Hospice and the Southern Utah Veterans Home for the compassionate care given to him in his final days.
- There will be no funeral, only a celebration of his life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Southern Utah Veterans Home.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221.
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