Jerry D. Harvey


Jerry D. Harvey was born May 31, 1937 in Salt Lake City to my grandparents Richard A Harvey and Sarah Jongsma. He was a generous kind man. Always ready to help someone in need. He loved his family and his country. He served this country by being a part of the National Guard. He was a veteran. He spent 11 months in Fort Hood, Texas serving with his unit of the National Guard from Utah. It was while he was there that he learned photography and set up photo operations for Fort Hood. In 1963 he was called on a LDS mission to Central America, and while there worked in five different countries: El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatamala, Nicaragua, and Honduras. After being released from his mission, he returned to the United States for only a week before returning to El Salvador, where he taught English at the El Salvador United States Cultural Exchange. When he returned to the United States, my dad found out he could use his GI Bill for college and returned to the University of Utah. The LDS Church offered him a job in public relations, where he worked for about 10 years.He had some interesting and rewarding experiences working for the church. He served in public relations and photography for the Tabernacle Choir and traveled with them to many countries. My dad has been in about 30 countries and most of our 50 states. He set up photographic operations for the church, and had pictures published in many church publications and other papers and magazines. He was one of the four founders of the Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus and was in charge of their public relations and photography. He promoted and helped build the attendance at the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti. He hosted and was the public relations person for many celebrities including: Moshe Dyan of Israel, John Wayne, James Stewart, Cloris Leischman, Rene Barrientos, president of Bolivia, Princess Irene of Greece, Archbishop Iakovos of the Greek Orthodox Church for North America, and Ricardo Montelban. He helped design exhibits for Seattle World’s Fair and the visitors’ centers and did films for a lot of them. Under President Kimball, he helped promote the Lamanite Conferences in Salt Lake City. He helped promote the First World Conference on Records in about 1970 and did all the photography for this event. The photo issue of the Improvement Era covering this great event was done entirely from his pictures, and he was honored for this. In connection with the World Conference on Records he hosted the Ambassador from the Ivory Coast- Timothy Ahoua, and the chief archivist of the Soviet Union taking them on a tour of the Genealogical Record Vaults in Cottonwood Canyon. In 1968 he married my mom in Salt Lake City. My dad traveled a lot on his assignments. He traveled to many of the church historical sites and was in Nauvoo when they unearthed the remains of the baptismal site from the Nauvoo temple. My dad met and photographed some of our presidents, Kennedy, Nixon and Hubert Humphrey. In 1976 he was offered a job to work at the White House. He quit his job with the church and he and Nancy moved back east to Virginia where they lived from 1981-1987, and Jerry worked at the White House in the office of press advance under Ron Nessen who was the press secretary to President Ford He worked in the travel business for awhile and was director of several music festivals in Mexico, Texas and the World’s Fair in Knoxville, TN. Jerry, Nancy, and Adrianne found their way back to Utah, where Jerry became a stock broker in about 1989 and was employed as retirement specialist for Dean Whitter My mom developed cancer and my dad basically put his life on hold and helped her to fight this disease. Unfortunately my mom passed away July 17, 2001. In 2007 he moved here to be with me in Arizona and unfortunately became very ill. He passed away Sept. 20, 2018 at his nursing home in Tucson, AZ.


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