Jerry was born and raised in Colorado to a ranching family. Ranching has always been a part of his life. Jerry joined the delayed entry program for the National Guard his junior year of high school. He did basic training between his junior and senior years and Advanced Individual Training after completing his senior year of high school. After Desert Storm Jerry went to work in Goodland, Kansas for Beverly Enterprises as a building and grounds supervisor.
While there, he helped design and build the A.B.L.E. (Activity Based Learning Environment) Center for people with developmental disabilities. This project received national recognition and opened the doors for his employment with Pikes Peak Mental Health. Jerry was on contract with the department of corrections in Canon City, Colorado to design and implement programs for the developmentally and physically disabled inmates. He was the supervisor over sixteen inmates in the Tab Operation. The pilot program proved to be very successful and the Department of Corrections made it a permanent program.
Jerry presently farms 48 crop quarters with sprinkler pivot irrigation, are running 1200 head of cows, and have a total of approximately 41,000 acres that are either leased or managed for absentee owners. Access to this much land has given them the ability to work with youth and Veterans with outdoor programs. In the past three years alone, they have been able to bring out more than 200 individuals to experience the farm/ranch way of life. Jerry had been blessed with the opportunity to be a part of these opportunities and bring benefit to the lives of so many individuals.