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Jerry Lee Garland

Jerry Lee Garland passed away in Basin, Wyo., on Jan 25, 2023, at the age of 82. 

He was born on May 7, 1940, in Sheridan, Wyo., to Gerald and Nellie (Caywood) Garland. He was the only son and had two sisters Melvine and Marie. His family relocated to Seattle, Wash., when Jerry was 3 years old. He grew up in the Seattle area and graduated high school in 1958. After high school he joined the US Army and served in the 82nd Airborne. During his time of service, his unit had one drop in Panama and Jerry was honorably discharged in 1961.

After serving his country, he spent several years in Seattle working for Alaska Airlines as a load master. He came back home to Wyoming in 1969 and on Dec 27, 1969, he married Shirley Iverson in Buffalo, Wyo. They had four children while living in Buffalo. Most of his adult life he resided in Buffalo, Wyo., with 10 years spent in Thermopolis, Wyo. While living in Thermopolis, he served in the Wyoming National Guard and worked at Reda Pump. Jerry and his family relocated to Enumclaw, Wash., and he worked for Marie's Dressing for 5 years, eventually relocating back to Buffalo, Wyo. In later years he lived at the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin, Wyo.   

Jerry was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed camping, hunting & fishing. In fact, most weekends, you would never find him home, as he was most likely on the water somewhere or in the mountains.   

Surviving family consists of wife, Shirley Garland, of Powell Wyo.; daughter, Shelly Tison, and husband Chris of Williston, SC..; son, Andy Garland, and wife Tandie of Upton, Wyo.; daughter, Dawn Downer, and husband Tim of Powell, Wyo.; daughter, Susan Knighton, and husband Bill of Thermopolis, Wyo,; younger sister, Marie Garland OLeary, of Sequim, Wash.; bother-in-law, Stan Iverson, and wife Sharon of Buffalo, Wyo.; seven grandchildren scatter all around the US; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces & nephews. 

The family will not have a funeral service at this time but have opted for a family gathering later in the spring.


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