Cover photo for Gerald Grant Follett's Obituary

Gerald Grant Follett

Gerald Grant Follett

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 December 2 nd , 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 opportunity.

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 Peter Peterson.

He is survived by his five daughters, Karen (Nobu) Shinohara of Hilo, Hawaii; Doreen (Dale) Prohaska of Eagle, Idaho; Teri Peterson of Waikoloa, Hawaii; Frances (Rody) Dasalla of Hilo, Hawaii; Debbie (John) 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.
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