Born in Lebanon, Ore. Oct. 9, 1939, Jerry has always been one to go after what he wanted. He joined the National Guard at 15 years old and eventually joined a Ranger Unit. He served there until his unit disbanded. He entered the Navy after high school. After his service, he married his high school sweetheart, June. He attended Central Oregon Community College and received a degree in forestry. He then went to work for the United States Forest Service (USFS). Fighting forest fires was one of his main duties. Before the birth of his oldest child, he worked for Ideal Gas propane. Jerry was a founding member of the LaPine ambulance service, which helped save his life after a propane explosion left him with severe burns over most his body. While delivering propane in rural Southeast Oregon, he resumed voice calling coyotes; which lead him back to trapping. He was a member of the Oregon Trappers Association. In 1977 Jerry moved his family to Trout Creek where they raised Silver fox. In 1982, he became an outfitter, which lead to the starting of the Montana Guide Training Center, an accreted guide training school.
Jerry was a member of Cabinet Mountain Church. He was a guest preacher there and at other communities in western Montana. He was a lifetime member of North American Hunting Club, a member of Trout Unlimited and a founding member of Sanders County Flycasters. Jerry was a district representative for Montana Outfitter’s and Guide’s Association (MOGA) for many years. He was the MOGA representative to the Partnership for the Future with the USFS. He sat on the steering committing for the Professional Guide Institute at Rexford College in Idaho and sat on the safety committee for Spring Creek School. Jerry was always eager to teach and share his love of the outdoors. One of his favorite quotes by Aldo Leopold was “There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” Jerry could not.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 51 years, June Malson; his daughters, Lori Franke (and spouse David) and Kat Ray; his son, Joshua Malson; granddaughters, Amanda, Breana, and Caitlyn; grandson, Christopher; his two sisters, Marilee (Mark) and Patricia (Don); and many cousins and in-laws.