Jerome Boys Basketball Thanks Our Supporters!

The Jerome Tigers Boys Basketball Family would like to thank their longtime supporters at some of the home basketball games this year! We are grateful for their support. The following couples are being recognized for their contributions at the home game on December 10th vs. Kimberly.


Jerry and Pat Callen

Jerry Callen Sr., affectionately known as Papa, was born in 1932 and raised in Jerome County for most of his life.  He participated in High School sports and graduated from Jerome High School in 1950.  He then attended Idaho State University and was the star Center on their football team his freshman year.IMG_6631

He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Boyd, also a Jerome High graduate, and then joined the Navy during the Korean War and served for a time on a ship in the Pacific.  Afterwards, Jerry and Pat settled down to farm and raise 3 sons and 2 daughters on the same farm he grew up on southwest of Jerome.

Jerry coached his 3 sons’ Baseball teams for many years.  He was a member and Chairman of the Jerome School Board, served in the Idaho State legislature in the mid 80’s, and has been a life time Jerome Booster.  

When the new High School was being built in 1975, he was president of the Booster Club and worked the ground with his own farming equipment for the football and track field, and was instrumental in purchasing the lights and personally financed the bleachers for the field.  

Jerry has always been a big fan of school sports and attends as many sporting events as possible, even if he has no posterity participating.  Jerry and Pat have had 5 children, 22 of their 33 grandchildren, and one so far of 62 great grandchildren graduate from Jerome High School.  Their children and most of their grandchildren and a few great grandchildren were and are active in school sports, namely football, wrestling, track and cross country, boys and girls basketball, volleyball, swimming, bowling, dance team, cheerleading, and tennis.

They have willingly sacrificed their time and money for the benefit of Jerome Schools and have established a great legacy.

Biography: Arlen & Derrel Crouch

Arlen was born and raised in Jerome, Idaho and graduated from Jerome High School in 1952.

He played Basketball and many other sports. He went to Idaho State on a basketball scholarship. He then served an LDS mission in the Spanish American Mission and then finished his schooling at BYU with a degree in finance and banking.  Derrel was born in Murray, Utah. She was raised in Jerome Idaho and graduated in 1956. She attented BYU and faithfully waited for Arlen while he served his mission.arlen & Derrel Home

The two were married in 1958. After being married for one week. Arlen left for the army for 6 months for active duty.

They have four children. Two boys and two girls.  They also have 15 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Arlen’s work has taken them to Albuquerque, New Mexico; Boulder, Colorado; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Southern California. Their recent years are spent between Jerome and Sandy, Utah.

Arlen worked for Merrill Lynch for 27 years in numerous managerial and regional positions. After he left Merrill Lynch, he then went to Franklin Quest – later known as Franklin Covey in Salt Lake City. With his work experience and background, he was able to guide Franklin Quest to being publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Shortly after, Arlen and Derrel were called to serve as Mission Presidents for the LDS Church in the Washington DC area for three years.  Home for a short period of time, they received another call to serve as Mission Presidents over the Salt Lake City Temple Square mission for two years. Arlen is the President of the Brigham Young University President’s Leadership Council and is a significant donor and supporter of BYU.

Currently, they spend the majority of their time in Jerome.  Arlen and Derrel’s local interest include ownership of the Crossroad’s Point Business Center at the I-84 Hwy 93 interchange.  Perhaps you have seen the 3,000 flags posted at Crossroad’s Point each September 11, to remind us of the privilege of living in this free country.  They are the owners of Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho – they love Idaho!  In addition, Arlen is co-owner of the North Side Journal and active in the Jerome 20/20 business group.  The Arlen B. Crouch foundation awards a $5,000 scholarship each year to a graduating senior from Jerome High School.  They are faithful supporters and donators to the Football, Cross Country, and Basketball programs and others in Jerome. They believe in giving back to their roots.  So tonight, we pay tribute to Arlen and Derrel Crouch and thank them for their loyal support of our community and our Jerome High School athletics. Truly, the world is better because of them and their commitment to their family, their church, their community, and their country!

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