Kerry was born on August 20, 1948, in Cedar City, Utah to Hardison and Dorythe Adams of Parowan, Utah. He was the eldest of six siblings. Kerry served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern States Mission. As a missionary in New York, he met Teresa Carolyn Pond who he taught, baptized, and later married on December 18, 1970, in the Salt Lake Temple.
Kerry received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and completed his graduate degree in Hospital Administration at Northwestern University. He worked as an administrator at Primary Children’s Medical Center and coordinated the physical move of the hospital to its current location near the U of U. His experience with this project helped him launch his own business as a hospital move consultant for hospitals all over the nation.
Kerry had a great love of his family heritage. He could often be found pouring over family pictures and documents and sharing stories of his ancestors. His heartstrings were tied to his roots in Parowan, Utah and his many loved ones there.
Always quick to lend a helping hand or answer the call of the distressed, Kerry gave of his time and talents generously to all. He was adept with a handyman’s tool belt and enjoyed woodworking. He dedicated his life in faithful church service as a bishop of the Ensign 3rd Ward and in the stake presidency of the Scranton, Pennsylvania Stake. He also served as an ordinance worker in the Washington D.C. Temple for many years. He was a generous and attentive husband and father. The world is a more beautiful place because of his contributions.
On April 26, 2022 Kerry passed away after a courageous 21 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Kerry is survived by his loving and devoted wife Teresa, his son Benjamin (Kristen), and five daughters Jennifer Jensen (David), Emily Bangerter (Chad), Rebecca Freestone (Darick), Elizabeth Basinger (Jay), and Catherine Redd (Justin). He has 20 beautiful grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Ensign Stake LDS meetinghouse at 135 A St. SLC, UT 84103.
Kerry is an amazing man, coach, example and I miss him so much and I would meet him one day for sure. He and his wife are the best neighbor and friend I've ever had during the time studying there! Thank you for being a great family and neighbor to me 12 years ago!
Kerry and Lee drove to the DC temple from Richmond for several years. Lee always spoke highly of Kerry's strength and character. I positively adore the picture you have shared of him with the cowboy hat! He's a fine man who I admired! My tenderest wishes for peace for your family!
Kerry was such a kind man. I have great memories of the Third Ward and of growing up in the same neighborhood. The Adams family is so wonderful and we are grateful for you. Our thoughts go to you Teresa and your whole family.
Kerry was a wonderful and kind person who sacrificed so much for our Ensign 3rd Ward Family. Prayers and love for the whole Adams Family.
We send our love and condolences to Teresa and family and to Kerry’s sister’s and brother and family. We knew Kerry had been suffering from Parkinson for quite a while but he seemed to not let it slow him down if he could help it. The last time we visited with him was when he came to Hurricane to bring us some copies of the CD’s he made on his and our ancestors. He was very willing to share these CD’s with us. WE know that Kerry will surely be missed by his family. He will alway be remembered as a great husband, father, grandfather, brother nephew, and friend.
We met Kerry Adams in 2018 when we moved to Terrace Falls. Our son, who had helped us move, was also repairing some chairs in the shop. And the shop was Kerry’s bailiwick. He loved to work and to serve.
We also remember meeting him and his lovely wife at the movie night which they faithfully organized.
As we learned more about this remarkable and talented man, we looked and wondered at his abilities. Not just in his vocation, but also his avocations. He had many, but the major ones were woodworking, like all the beautiful work he did with his son Ben in his home at TF, also all the service to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, service to others and family. He excelled in all.
He loved his wife and children. And His love radiated in his smile. He loved his church accepting any calling and giving it his all – even if it were passing the sacrament. He just loved serving the Lord. And he loved serving his neighbors and friends. Just look at the shop and social room kitchen at Terrace Falls. Most of that work was his. He left a firm foundation for us to build on.
Kerry Adams – you are loved and will be missed! Until we meet again 🤗😘💞🙏🕊 John and Lety
Kerry was an amazing man. He was always there with his toolbelt and carpentry skills to help me whenever needed. He had a wonderful smile and sense of humor and it was a joy and honor to call him my friend. Behind every great man there is a fantastic women. Teresa you are that woman and I thank God every day for your friendship.
Sending love and sympathy to your whole family. Kerry was a wonderful man and we have sweet memories of your time living in Richmond.. May the Lord bless you all with comfort and peace knowing you will see him again. Xoxo
Ted and i have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know, like and love Kerry, and you Teresa! Thank You for letting us be part of your lives. I remember Kerry always happy to be helpful. We enjoyed conversing with him. I remember his positivity and sincerity.
Kerry was a wonderful person, kind and wise. He was dignified and fun at the same time. He was a dedicated bishop. My sincere condolences to Teresa and the whole Adams family.