Jerry Lavon Benson, 75, of Melba, died Friday, December 21, 2012, at his home. A viewing was held Dec. 29 at Zeyer Funeral Chapel, followed by funeral services and a funeral procession, graveside services and burial at Pioneer Cemetery, Highway 78 near Givens Hot Springs, Melba, Idaho.
Jerry was born to Alvin and Bessie Benson on April 20, 1937, in Nampa, Idaho. The family moved to the Wilson Creek area where Jerry attended grade school through high school. Jerry married Sandy. Three boys, Bruce, Scott and Randy, were born to this union.
In 1963 Jerry was honorably discharged from the United States Navy after serving in the US Naval Reserve for eight years.
Most of his life was spent working on the family farm/dairy near the old Wilson School House. From there Jerry moved to Kuna where he ran the Redeye Bar for several years. He returned to the farm and worked the trucks in harvesting crops in the Melba area and hauling beets in the Mountain Home area for several years. Later he bought a gravel truck (his pride and joy) and worked on small local jobs.
In 1985 Jerry met Faye Banta on a blind date to the Jazz Festival at St. Chapelle. They were married August 25, 1989, resided in Kuna, then Nampa until they started their “rural” life down by the Snake River near Givens Springs.
Jerry had a great love for Jeeps and rides in the Owyhee Mountains with his friends Don Hamilton and Sam Johnston. His main passions were collecting military Jeeps and guns of all kinds.
With the natural artesian hot water on the property, Jerry and Faye started a cattle truck washout. This project kept Jerry quite busy. He loved heading to the wash (the dogs following) all hours of the day and night to visit with the drivers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Bessie Benson. Survivors include his wife Faye; sister, Lita Hoagland; brother, Tom Benson and sons: Bruce, Scott and Randy Benson.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Horizon Home Health and Hospice, 315 E. Elm St. Ste. 70, Caldwell, ID 83605. Their thoughtful care for Jerry is truly appreciated.