Jean Lois Geitz Jennings

1949 ~ 2024

Jean Lois Geitz Jennings, 74, of Salt Lake City, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2024.

She was born on August 4, 1949, in Goodwater, Alabama, to Henry and June Monzin Geitz. Jean attained her undergraduate degree in economics from Purdue University and her law degree from Indiana University. She married and raised two children in Houston and then San Antonio, Texas. Jean practiced a wide array of law, including defense attorney work, family law, personal injury, and animal rights, and worked as a public defender in San Antonio. She was a passionate advocate for animal welfare, with a particular love for corgis, and was a proud member of MENSA.

Never one to back down from a good argument, Jean was a stellar debater which served her well in the courtroom. In retirement, she moved to Utah to be closer to her kids, though she would have preferred any beach along Florida's Gulf Coast. Affectionately known as Madre to her family, she had a great fondness for her grandchildren, her beloved corgis, and dirty gin martinis. While she enjoyed gambling at the craps table in Vegas, she also dedicated her time to volunteering for animal rescues and spent many years as a vegetarian, even dabbling in veganism.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her stepmother, Sally Geitz, and her two favorite corgis Trystan Braveheart and Streak of Luck.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Nathan Herkimer of Salt Lake City; her son, Samuel Jennings, and his girlfriend, Gaby Beltran, also of Salt Lake City; one brother, Jimmy Geitz, and his wife Alice; and two grandchildren, Wesley and June Herkimer.

A private memorial will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Humane Farming Association


Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

A life well lived is a life remembered with Love. As some people journey through life, they leave footprints where ever they go- footprints of kindness and love, courage and compassion, humor and inspiration. Even when they are gone, you can look back and clearly see the path they left behind.

Even though she is no longer here with us, we will never forget her time with us.

Love you so much.

- Holly Jennings and Anne Breedlove

I am so sad to hear of Jeanie's passing! We had a few conversations this spring and I so enjoyed hearing from her. It had been a long time since we had connected. I had looked forward to visiting with her again. I would really appreciate hearing from some of the family. I can be reached at 765-346-0200. Thank you!

- Jennifer Sadler

Just before she left for Utah, we had a few visits to the local drinking establishments. Just because. She, a formidable wit, could make past any attempts at humor from me with statements guaranteed to make me smile. This was so much fun, we only stopped because she left the city. She was one of my “good people”, and got the reputation so easily, I had to look up topics prior to conversations. To offer condolences seems a timid response to her passing. So sorry she left my city, as there were several places we needed to see yet. Best wishes to those who knew her presence.

- Mark Kellmann

Dear Liz and family members,
We, the McClains are sending ou sincere condolences. We are so sorry to hear about your mom, Jen's passing.
She was truly a beautiful and special lady. It was truly a blessing to have known her.
We will keep you and your family uplifted in prayer doing this time of sorrow.
May she rest in peace.
The McClains

- Victoria McClain