Dr. Jerry Milton Macklin, 80, of Rocky Ford, Colo., a former area resident, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at his residence.
Born June 28, 1929, in Bryant, he was the son of the late Paul R. and Juanita Whiteman Macklin.
He received his bachelor's degree in agriculture and biology in 1952 from Purdue University. He received a master's degree in 1956 and a Ph.D. in 1961 in entomology from Purdue. He served in the Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955, and taught radio repeater in the signal school at Camp Gordon in Augusta, Ga.
On Aug. 16, 1952, he married Barbara Anderson in Lafayette, and she survives.
Dr. Macklin taught agriculture and science in Portland, Ind. He was involved in the 4-H program, starting as an assistant state 4-H leader at Purdue. He was a Cooperative Extension Service area director for the University of Kentucky in Paducah; later he became state 4-H leader in Lexington. He was director of education at the National 4-H Foundation in Washington, D.C., serving on the National 4-H Aerospace Education Committee. He was assistant director of Cooperative Extension at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
In 1976, he became manager of the Sawyer-Meade Popcorn Co. in Rocky Ford, Colo. He enjoyed working with his wife at Macklin Photography in Rocky Ford. He retired in 1992. He built two canoes and a Woody-Pusher experimental airplane.
Surviving with his wife are two sons, Larry L. (wife: Janet) of Berthoud, Colo., and Tim A. (wife: Stacey) of Springfield, Colo.; and two sisters, Margery Sweeney (husband: Stuart) of Alexandria, Ind., and Barbara June Macklin of New London, Conn.