Jerry Klotzkin

October 24, 1940 ~ August 3, 2022 (age 81) 81 Years Old


Gerald (Jerry) Klotzkin, age 81, of Idaho Falls, Idaho passed away Wednesday afternoon, August 3, 2022.

Jerry was born October 24, 1940 in New York and raised in the Bronx. He was a wonderful big brother to his sister and they remained best friends throughout his life.

He served in the Army then went to Brooklyn College for his bachelor's degree, and while in college, he met his future wife, Judy Schulman. Jerry was not a fan of ceremonies, and so they initially eloped. Shortly thereafter, they had a formal wedding to ensure the families were happy. Once married, Jerry went on to obtain his Master's degree at Brandeis University.

Jerry and Judy moved throughout the United States including Brookline, Massachusetts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Chicago, Illinois. They ultimately settled in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in the 1970s, where he worked for Argonne National Laboratories as a nuclear physicist. Jerry and Judy went on to have six boys, and he remained in Idaho after they separated in 1980.

Throughout his life, he was a strong supporter of civil liberties, including working for the passage of the Sunshine Act and the Fair Housing Act. He was also an avid supporter of the National Parks and environmental organizations. He loved hiking and showing visitors all the beauty found in the natural world. His favorite hiking areas included Heise, just outside of Idaho Falls, as well as Table Rock Mountain, a 13 mile hike that began at 7,000 feet and rose to over 11,000 feet with beautiful views of the Teton Mountains.

He is survived by his sons David (Shari) Klotzkin; Howard (Lauren) Klotzkin; Philip (Jennifer) Klotzkin; Gary (Michele) Klotzkin; Russell (Jodi) Klotzkin; Stephen (Jana) Klotzkin; his sister Dolores Baldwin;  and his grandchildren; Joshua, Benjamin, Laura, Chad, Maddison, Sammy, Milo, Ella, Samantha, Ariella, Meydad, Talia, Yosef, Simcha, Emma and Eliana Klotzkin and his great-grandchildren, Clay Klotzkin and Ryder Datz.

The funeral was held in Paramus, NJ, on Aug. 5th.



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