Gerald Edmund Bertagnole
05/15/1929 - 11/14/2019
Gerald Edmund Bertagnole, 90, passed away on November 14, 2019 of age-related issues. His wife of 53 years Florence, 85, passed away on January 5, 2020.
Gerry was born May 14, 1929 into a ranching family, to Marguerite and Angel Bertagnole, the second oldest of six children. He graduated from East High School in 1947 where he was a member of the track team running the 440. He also ran track at the University of Utah where he studied Civil Engineering. He was a surveyor and a member of the Utah National Guard 653rd Forward Observation Battalion. He took over the family’s ranch at age 18 after his father’s death at age 49.
Gerry was an outdoorsman in his upbringing, spirit, work and leisure. He took care of his livestock, range, and employees throughout his career. He also served as a mentor to younger woolgrowers and enjoyed the camaraderie of ranchers throughout the mountains and desert of Northern Utah.
Preceded in death by his parents, brother Blaine and sister Nancy. Survived by his sisters Carolyn Meyer and Shirley Collingwood, his brother William, and his son Brad. The family would like to sincerely thank the staff of Hillside Rehabilitation and St. Joseph’s Villa. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to the Alzheimer’s foundation.
A memorial service for both Gerald and Florence will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 1626 South 1700 East, Salt Lake City, Utah.