Early in the morning of September 23, 2021, Jerry Lynn Hartman left this world for a happier and more peaceful place. Jerry was born December 21, 1954 in San Rafael, California. His parents, Leland and Laura Hartman, both born and raised in Idaho, had moved to California to enjoy the milder weather and the dream of a better life. The family moved back to Idaho in 1956 and were glad to be home.From day one, Jerry always followed a different drummer. Old family pictures often find him looking in a different direction or making some goofy face. As the middle child between his two brothers, he spent a lot of his time being invisible. His mother saw this and always gave him a little extra love, so he was very close to her.As the years went by, he struggled with school. It had nothing to do with intelligence, his priorities just weren’t the same that the school thought he should have. After he graduated from high school, he went right down and enlisted in the Army.For him, it was the best thing that he ever did. He found a home there and spent nearly 40 years with the Army including his time on active duty, then the Reserves after that. He loved his two tours in Italy. The two tours in Korea not so much. He often teased his family by speaking Italian in random conversations.Jerry never married, or had any children of his own, but that was okay with him because he had nieces and nephews that he adored and spoiled at every opportunity. Jerry’s family has him to thank for the thousands of family pictures he took over the years.Jerry’s passion after his retirement was genealogy. He spent many hours at home and at the library researching and documenting the history, especially on the maternal (Nelson) side of the family.Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Leland E. Hartman and Laura M. Hartman, and a sister, Carolyn Leona Hartman. He is survived by two brothers, Leland E. Hartman, Jr. and Milton Wayne Hartman, a slew of cousins, and a bunch of nieces and nephews, all of whom will miss him greatly.
One of my best buddies back in the Army! Hr called me “Ski.” We were together in Korea and again at Ft. Hood, TX. A little shy at times and soft spoken, but a guy you had to like. Sure will miss him. RIP “Spud.”
Jerry and I hung out a lot during drills weekend and summer camp. We got to know each other while in the Guard Reserve! He was soft spoken individual! And awesome buddy to have! Restful sleep Soldier and buddy!