Gerald Smith “Jerry” Eyre died Oct. 15, 2012. He was 81.
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 hard rock miner.
A strike closed the mine in 1940/1941, 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 IWV 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, where 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.