Jerry "Papa" Wren returned home May 30, 2019, to the open arms of his parents, Heavenly Father and many family members who went before him. He was born March 9, 1935, to Frank and Alice Wren in Whiteriver.
Papa grew up causing rukus in Whiteriver until he moved to Taylor at the age of 12. Papa graduated from Snowflake High School and went on to serve a mission for the LDS Church in Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Papa came home to meet the woman who would later become his eternal sweetheart, Patricia Smith, at a mutual friends birthday party in Payson.
Soon after, Papa was drafted to the Army where he served two years, 18 months of that being as a presidential guard in Washington D.C. He returned home January 1961, where he reunited with his love and they married June 2, 1961, in the Mesa Temple. Papa went to work for APS in August 1961 at the McNary Plant, moved to the Joseph City plant in 1979, and would later retire from there after 30-plus years on the job.
During their 58 years of marriage, Papa and Grammie were blessed with two beautiful children Jerrie (Michael) Rosser and Patrick (Gina) Wren. Along with 10 grand-kids and 17 great-grandkids.
Papa is survived by his wife Pat Wren; children Jerrie and Patrick, 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, brother Bob Wren and sister Verginia Jones. He touched the lives of many others and will be greatly missed by all.
Graveside services were held May 31, at the Joseph City Cemetery.