Gerald (Jerry) Grant
Follett 86 of Eagle, Idaho, passed away peacefully at home with his family by
his side on Friday July 28, 2017. He was born in Chowchilla, California on
, 1930 to Ernest Leroy Follett and Enid Faith Follett.
Jerry loved being outside
and would never pass up a fishing trip; rain or shine he was always ready and
willing to go. His mantra was "Any day fishing is a good day". The
highlight of his fishing career was catching a 150 pound Striped Marlin off the
coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with his brother Mike. He also loved to hunt
and hunted yearly in Alaska and Idaho. A sign that hung above his door summed
it up 'Gone Fishing, be back soon to Go Hunting!".
Jerry served in the Airforce
from 1948 to 1952, earning an Army Occupational Medal. He was also a licensed
pilot and would take his wife and daughters flying whenever he got the
Over his lifetime he
worked as a mechanic in many cities throughout California and Arizona. He
eventually moved to Alaska working on the Pipeline with his brother Ken.
Jerry was an avid reader and
in 1995 opened his own bookstore in Seward, Alaska. This was a lifelong dream
for him and he was very proud of this accomplishment.
After retiring in 2002
Jerry moved to Hawaii to be near his daughters. While in Hawaii he ran an ice
house, fished, gardened and fished. In 2009 he moved to Idaho to spend time
with his "favorite" daughter (guess who is writing this) where he spent
the remainder of his life, fishing, hunting and enjoying the outdoors.
Jerry was preceded in death,
by his father Ernest, mother Faith, brother Ken, sister Diane, and son-in-law
He is survived by his
five daughters, Karen (Nobu) Shinohara of Hilo, Hawaii; Doreen (Dale) Prohaska
Eagle, Idaho; Teri
Peterson of Waikoloa, Hawaii; Frances (Rody) Dasalla of Hilo, Hawaii; Debbie
Histo of Hilo, Hawaii; three siblings, Michael (Barbara) Barbour
of Pleasant Hills, California; Beverley (Dick) Taylor of Pleasanton,
California; Andy (Linda) Barbour of Carson City, Nevada; 15 grandchildren, 13
great- grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
The family would like
to thank Tiffany and Tami of Treasure Valley Hospice for their compassionate
care and support. A special thanks to his life-long friends Ken and Deborah
Wilkensen of Moose Pass, Alaska and his fishing buddy and good friend Jerry Carter
of Boise, Idaho.
Fisherman's Prayer -Unknown
I pray that I may live to fish
Until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast,
I then most humbly pray;
When in the Lord's great landing net
And peacefully asleep
That in His mercy I be judged
Big enough to keep
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any Fish and Game
in your area. Mahalo.