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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Jerry Mernin

Born December 1, 1932, Gerald E. (Jerry) Mernin began his life in Yosemite National Park where his father was a district ranger. Although his parents discouraged him from being a ranger, Jerry Mernin ignored their advice and spent 44 years as a park ranger.

His first love was Yosemite, but he later fell for Yellowstone National Park where he spent a remarkable 32 years, turning down promotions so that he could continue in Yellowstone.

He died December 13, 2011, shortly after completing his memoir. He will be represented at the festival by his widow, Cindy Mernin, who lived in Yellowstone with him for 25 years.

As with many park wives, Cindy accepted the risks inherent with the job. In the days before garbage was controlled in the park, Jerry spent countless nights in the campgrounds trying to keep campers safe from grizzly and black bears. As a supervisor, he chose to make the hazardous technical climbs into the canyon himself rather than ask others to brave tumbling rock races to retrieve fallen people or bodies.

Author Todd Wilkinson described the book as “an unforgettable historical memoir penned by one of America's greatest park rangers.”

More than an adventure writer, Jerry exhibited literary skills that he honed during his formal education at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and at Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. However, the years he spent telling stories around the campfire put the final polish into his ranger tales.

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Author Pavilion - Adult Nonfiction

Yellowstone Ranger
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Riverbend Publishing
May 2016
ISBN 9781606390900
Paperback, 368 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

Jerry Mernin's Distinguished Career in the National Park Service spanned four decades, five national parks, and a remarkable 32-year stay in Yellowstone, the park he loved and never left. More/less

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
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Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
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William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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