Lenny Gerry Obituary, Death Cause – Lenny Geary was born on March 6th,1974, in Los Angeles, California. Lenny had an energy and charisma that could light up any room. He loved music and considered himself an original punk rock skinhead. Lenny worked at the Govannon Studios tattoo shop in Idaho Falls. He loved a good prank and looked for opportunities to laugh with his coworkers on a regular basis.
Lenny’s creativity, unique style, and zest for life was contagious. He shared openly about his experiences in hopes to help others. We believe Lenny would want us to continue that legacy. Lenny’s parents struggled with addiction. He was introduced to gang life when he was young, and he spent his childhood in and out of foster care. Lenny was living on the streets of Los Angeles by the time he was thirteen years old. Gang life was a natural progression for Lenny. He shared, “I was a soldier.
I put in work for my gang, and never even considered that there was a God. I thought believing in God was a weakness. Crime, violence, and dishonesty were a way of life for me.” Lenny struggled with an addiction to alcohol and became addicted to heroin when he was young. Lenny fell in love with Idaho Falls and moved because he wanted something different. He shared, “I noticed the genuine goodness of the people in Idaho Falls right away and knew this was my chance to build a better life.”
Lenny spent time in prison; that’s where he found God. He shared, “They locked me up in Idaho Falls, and I thought I would get sick coming off the drugs. I started reading the Bible and Book of Mormon just to keep my mind off getting sick. I wasn’t a believer but I needed something to focus on.” Lenny read a scripture in the Book of Mormon from 2 Nephi: “And he inviteth all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remember the heathen; and all are alike unto God.”
When Lenny got out of jail he sent a message to the missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and told them he wanted to get baptized. He said, “Some of my friends told me I was crazy. The church wouldn’t want a guy like me. Who cares what people say! I’ve always been stubborn. People called me a Jesus Freak. I don’t care! I’m okay being stubborn for God.”