Jarvis Keith Penninger (1939-2017)
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — Jarvis Keith Penninger, 78, passed away October 6, 2017, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, surrounded by family and friends. He was born May 17, 1939, in Davenport, Nebraska, to Jarvis Keith Penninger and Hulda Naiman Penninger. Jarvis grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his sister, Donna Kay Penninger. Jarvis is survived by his wife, Gery Penninger, daughter, Erika Penninger Lorenzoni, son-in-law, Raul (Fabrizio) Lorenzoni, and grandchildren, Giuseppe Lorenzoni, Fiammetta Lorenzoni, and Cossimmo Lorenzoni. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jarvis and Hulda, son, J. Keith Penninger, brother-in-law, Johnnie Hart, sister, Donna, and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
In his youth, Jarvis spent time with family in Salt Lake City, UT, and Tooele, UT. He worked a variety of jobs including the popular roller coaster at Saltair Amusement Park. Jarvis’ skills and knowledge was as diverse and eclectic as his interests. At no time in his life was he content with being idle. He was always working on a project, exploring the outdoors, or tinkering with a piece of equipment. There was always something that could be improved or enhanced.
Jarvis married Geryaldine Hart Penninger in Houston, Texas, on August 3, 1968. The couple settled in northern Maine, making a life for themselves and their two children, Erika and J.Keith, at Cross Lake. Jarvis’ extensive career with the U.S. Government spanned 46 years, including five years overseas in Libya, 27 years as a Civil Engineer at Loring Air Force Base, and 12 years as an Engineering Technician at White Sands Missile Range. Jarvis and Gery looked forward to their return trips to Cross Lake every summer to enjoy the cooler weather and spend time with friends. In his retirement years Jarvis, along with Gery, actively traveled visiting family, revisiting areas he had not been to in years, as well as taking his wife and daughter on family excursions.
Jarvis shared his work ethic as well as his sense of adventure with his children, always encouraging them to try their best. A consistent coach and mentor to many he had a way of cluing in on a person’s unique qualities and making them feel special. A loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend he gave of his time and efforts to bring comfort, joy, and laughter to all who knew him. Jarvis will be remembered and missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking those who would like to make a contribution in Jarvis’ behalf to donate to the scholarship set up in honor of their son J. Keith. J. Keith Penninger Scholarship Fund, Carrabassett Valley Academy, 3197 Carrabassett Drive, Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947. Questions can be directed to Kate Punderson – Head of School 207-237-4470. Please indicate the scholarship fund specifically within your correspondence/conversation.