Jerry was born April 19, 1922 to Albert and Catherine Stone in Boise, Idaho. He was raised and educated in Gooding, Idaho. He attended The College of Idaho majoring in English with a minor in Music. Jerry graduated in May of 1944 and married the love of his life, Betty L. Stubblefield on October 8th that same year. Together they had three wonderful children, Terry, Marcia, and Thomas.
Jerry began his career as a band director in Adrian, Oregon. He later taught at Junction City, Oregon, before settling in as the band director in Parma in 1954. Jerry loved teaching music to his students and his students admired and respected him in return. He retired from teaching in the early 70’s and earned his CPA license at the age of 49.
Jerry began his second career managing the financial books for his father-in-law, Robert Stubblefield’s hardware store. He very much enjoyed the structure and organized details of accounting and he was good at it. So good that Jerry was one of the chosen accountants to tour China to evaluate agriculture farms. He and Betty had the trip of a lifetime!
Jerry met many wonderful friends throughout his years and was very involved in his community. He served as secretary for the Idaho and Oregon Onion Growers, was an active member of the Parma Lions Club, and was named Citizen of the Year for Parma in 2012. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Betty L. Stone of Parma; their children, Terry L. (Tora) Stone of Moscow, Marcia (Bruce) Hovey of Portland, OR, and Thomas W. (Monica) Stone of Cascade; 7 grandchildren, Candy Sunick, Jennifer Smith, Melissa Kappus, Zane Hovey, Windy Womack, Emily Flores and Megan Stone; 9 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Lila Bevington and Phyllis Bissell.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Catherine Roberts and his father, Albert Stone.