Jerome (Jerry) Forrest Kurtz, 66, and Carolyn L. (Craig) Kurtz, 67, both of Payson, died together May 3 in a small plane crash in Cary, N.C.
Jerome was born March 3, 1938 in Pleasant Plain, Iowa, where he grew up. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1961. He was active in Rotary, the chamber of commerce and the Knights of Columbus.
Carolyn was born March 13, 1937 in Illiopolis, Ill., and grew up in central Illinois.
Jerome and Carolyn met in Chicago and were married Oct. 6, 1962. They moved with their family to Greybull, Wyo. in 1969, where they owned an auto dealership for five years.
In 1974 they opened Woodpecker Products Inc., a cabinet and woodworking business.
In 1979, they moved the business to Montrose, Colo. then sold the business in the early 1990s.
They eventually relocated to Payson, where they developed the Mazatzal Mountain Air Park.
They are survived by their sons, Craig (Karen) of Phoenix and Christopher (Erin) of Windsor, Colo.; grandsons, Peter and Samuel of Phoenix; and granddaughter, Natalie of Windsor, Colo.
Jerome is survived by his sisters, Jan Poggenpohl of West Warwick, R.I. and Susan Baker of Brighton, Iowa.
Carolyn is survived by her sister, Imogene Burger of Chicago.
Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass is planned for Phoenix. Arrangements are pending.