A volunteer organization playing concert band music for recreation and community service in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Member Bio

Chuck TerrillMember Since: 1989

Section: BandAuxiliary
Instruments Band Sherpa
Profession Retired

Chuck was born in Dixon, Wyoming, on Jan. 31, 1932. His parents were Charles William Terrill and Helen Clardy Terrill. Dixon is 7 miles east of Baggs.

Chuck was raised there when his father worked on ranches helping relatives. He also delivered mail in the backcountry with a team of horses and a wagon. Chuck grew up with two buddies, Paul McAllister and Dale Hunt. All three quit school and joined the military in December of 1950. While Chuck was in the Navy he married Lavine Wiles. In the Navy he was a Gunner’s Mate Third Class, USN-1. When he was honorably discharged in 1954 the couple lived in Saratoga, where son John was born.

Chuck worked in the propane business there before moving to Jackson in 1956, working for Van Gas. Son David was the New Year’s baby in Jackson in 1958. Chuck travelled for Van Gas and it was hard on family life. He and Levine divorced. In 1972 Chuck married Betty Karns May.

He worked for Van Gas for 34 years. During that time Van Gas put in the underground pipeline for propane and now natural gas in the whole town of Jackson. In 1976, when the Teton Dam broke and flooded Rexburg and many small towns and farms in Idaho, Chuck and his Van Gas crew spent all summer getting the propane tanks, which had floated away, back to the correct people.

Chuck retired in 1991 and worked as a tour boat guide for Grand Teton Lodge Company for two years. Chuck and Betty drove to Alaska twice in their motor home and then three more trips to fish with Betty’s brother, Pete and Jeanine Karns on Raspberry Island for salmon and halibut. In 1997 all the Karns siblings and spouses met there and had eight days together with mom Betsy Karns Hecht for a wonderful time.

Chuck got his pilot’s license and bought an airplane to fly. He learned to fish Jackson Lake and bought a nice boat. He also learned how to catch Dungeness crab in Oregon. The grandkids all thought Grandpa made the best sourdough pancakes in the valley.

Chuck was a problem solver and could fix anything. He loved to tell stories to family and friends. He loved to visit Kelly and Cindy at The Virginian for eggs Benedict on Sunday.

Chuck spent the last year at St. John’s Living Center after a falling down stairs at his home. He died peacefully Aug. 26, just a day after moving into the new Sage Living.

Chuck’s parents and two sisters preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Betty of 48 years; sons John (Sandy) Terrill of Idaho Falls, and David (Sharla) Terrill of Star, Idaho; his step children Marsha (Mark) Holden, Christine May, and Curtis (Ann) May; and a nephew, Walt (Ginger) Miller of Cheyenne. Also 31 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.