Jerry John Everhart
February 25, 1942 – November 14, 2020
Jerry Everhart of Bonners Ferry passed away peacefully in his home on November 14th. 2020 with his family by his side. He joins his parents Ray & Edna along with his sisters Linda & Judy.
Jerry had been battling pancreatic cancer for almost a year. He never complained or gave up hope & always had a positive attitude.
Jerry was born at home in a log house assisted by his grandmother Pearl on February 25, 1942 in Bonners Ferry, ID
Early childhood was spent riding bicycles with best friend Rich Foust & later years Jerry enjoyed working on his ’57 Chevy & his 409 Impala. Often he was seen racing at the Stateline Speedway.
After graduating high school in 1961 he took his 1957 Chevy & drove all through Route 66. Also Jerry served six years in the Army National Guard.
His love for the mountains & the logging industry was obvious. He started at a very young age running equipment with his Dad Ray who was his mentor. Jerry himself became a mentor to his son Jeff along with his grandson Justin. He also taught many of his employees over the years about the timber industry, & the principle of honest hard work & common sense.
Jerry started his own business Everhart Logging, INC. in 1969 along with his wife Judy. He worked throughout the northwest & purchased his last timber sale in Libby, MT. During the first part of October of this year Jerry was building trail with his D6H CAT. There wasn’t anything he liked better than going to work everyday with his son & best friend Jeff.
His daughter Angie spent the last year at her parents home taking care of her Dad & learning more about the business.
During Jerry’s healthier years he enjoyed the huge barbecue’s on Memorial Day & handing out candy on Halloween & inviting the parents to come in to eat & visit.
Later on Jerry enjoyed sitting on his deck watching his great grandchildren play, playing Cribbage with his grandchildren, watching the Green Bay Packers, & talking to his brother-in-law Gary about his fruit, sequoia, & larch trees that he loved so much in his yard.
He enjoyed drives all over Boundary County with his wife Judy. He often spoke about the love from his children, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, & brother-in-law who were by his side during this difficult time.
Jerry was a quiet humble man. He was a huge supporter of the Festival of Trees, schools, and the community as a whole.
Jerry was a hard worker leaving a legacy of memories in pictures of all the travels he had shared in the USA as well as abroad. He also left a legacy of timberland for his family. So while listening to the birds & the trees rustling in the wind he will be forever present.
He leaves behind his brother Orrin & his wife JoLen, his sister Phyllis & husband Mike Karnes; along with extended family & best friends Bruce Behrman & Bill Blackwell whom he loved dearly.
Jerry will be forever loved & missed by his wife Judy of 55 years; his daughter Angie & husband Luke Estabrooks; his son Jeff & wife Ketta; his only grandson Justin & wife Maria; granddaughters Macie & her husband Ryan Farrens; Jaiden & her boyfriend Isaac. Great granddaughter Chloe, his little princess & great grandson Jackson. They were the light of his life.
A celebration of Jerry’s life will take place in the spring or summer of 2021. At his request any contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105
Everhart Logging, INC. will continue on with pride in Jerry’s memory.