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Obituaries: Didion, Baldwin, Fanto

Jerry Clarence Didion

CASPER, Wyo. –

Jerry Clarence Didion, 63 of Blair, NE passed away February 25, 2020 after a courageous battle with ALS.

Jerry was born May 16, 1956 in Toledo, Ohio to Clarence Didion (Toledo, OH) and Donna Kenny (Casper, WY).

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After his parents’ divorce, he moved to Wyoming with his mother and sister. He attended Natrona County High School in Casper. Jerry worked several jobs in Wyoming, most notably as an oil field worker before he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in the late 1980’s.

While in Las Vegas, Jerry worked for property management companies as a maintenance man, eventually becoming a supervisor and earning his AC certification.

In 2008, Jerry returned to Casper, WY where he worked for Walmart and met his wife, Karen. They were married on July 13, 2014 on Caper Mountain.

Jerry is survived by his wife and son Andrew, both of Blair, NE; daughter Jennifer (Jamie) Shull of Shirley, AR, son Adam (Rhonda) of Casper, WY, daughter Susan (Justin) Smedley of Rogers, AR; both of his parents; sister Carol (Fred) Smith of Casper, WY; many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his nephew Kris Smith.

Jerry had a lifelong love of the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, shooting, camping, golfing and panning for gold. He enjoyed watching football and was a fan of the Carolina Panthers from the start of their franchise. He also loved spending time with his family whenever he could.

After his diagnosis of ALS in 2018, Jerry still tried to enjoy every day to its fullest doing as much as he could with what time he had. He wanted to be remembered with laughter and love.

Celebrations of his life will take place in May in Blair, NE and in July in Casper, WY. The family will announce details when they are available. Memorials may be directed to his family, and ALS Association Mid-America chapter, or ALS in the Heartland


Clara B. Baldwin

Clara B. Baldwin 02/27/1940 to 02/22/2020.

Clara passed unexpectedly in Yuma Arizona. Cremation has taken place.

A memorial to be held in Casper Wyoming at a later date.


John Lenar Fanto

John Lenar Fanto, age 89, of Casper, was surrounded by his family at his home when he joined our heavenly father on March 13, 2020.

John was born September 20, 1930 in Bear Creek, Montana to Batista and Ester (Calusio) Fanto. He had fond memories of growing up in Sheridan. John graduated from Sheridan High School and was drafted into the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany and was honorably discharged. John attended the University of Wyoming, graduating in 1957.

He relocated to Bridgeport, CT and worked as a social worker where John met and married Gigi Quinn. They moved to Wyoming “God’s Country” in 1960. John briefly worked in Gillette as a social worker, then moved to Casper where he was employed with the City of Casper for more than 42 years retiring in 2003. John was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

His passion was his family and fly fishing. He touched many youth in Casper through his work as a juvenile counselor, his support of baseball and fly fishing programs. John was one of the early organizers of the Boys and Girls Club. He was an active member, board member, and president of the Wyoming Fly Casters. He was proud of his Northern Italian heritage and spoke five languages.

John was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Maria Teresa Fanto. He is survived by his son, John (Kathy) Fanto, daughter, Michelle (Bill) Fanto-Chan, daughter, Jeanine (Donnie) Healy, 8 grandchildren, John, Lane, Stephen, Heather, Brian, Jenn, Nick, and Lindsey.
A special thank you to Sheila Morton and all of his care givers.

A mass of celebration with military honors will be held at a later date.