Jerry Abbott is a developer specializing in planned communities and custom housing projects. He also brings his decades of building and negotiation experience to his role as Chairman of the Planning Commission for the City of Highland.
During his formative years in Stockton, California, Jerry Abbott was tested time and time again, developing a strong character and sense of self. As a 12-year-old Boy Scout, Jerry and some members of his troop fell from a 100-foot cliff, and found themselves on the receiving end of a heroic helicopter rescue. Jerry never forgot the brave crew of five, who were tragically killed later in a separate incident.
Aside from scouting, Jerry participated in varsity wrestling and eagerly studied architecture, designing an apartment complex his senior year of high school that went on to be built by a professional team. This success catapulted Jerry into the construction industry, and he started his own framing business just seven years later, even before he had completed his college degree in construction management.
Despite several injuries and health concerns, Jerry quickly worked his way up in the development business, until he was the division president of a large builder in the state of Arizona. Jerry has overseen the construction of more than 2500 homes in planned communities.
Jerry met his wife, Frankie, in college. They were married in 1994, and after Jerry’s graduation from BYU, they both had a strong desire to raise a family in a tight-knit community with strong family values. They moved to Mesa, Arizona and then Flagstaff, and eventually found themselves heading back to Utah. As they searched for that small-town feel, they were guided to the city of Highland. They fell in love with the town and bought the first house they toured in the BullRiver area.
Jerry and Frankie loved raising their four children in Highland. They have been heavily involved in the community, serving on HOA boards, volunteering with church, scouting programs and local schools.
Jerry now serves on the Planning Commission as chairman. He is uniquely suited to this position with his design and building experience in both Highland and other areas. Jerry and his family are grateful to the community of Highland for providing them a wonderful place to land, make happy family memories and feel like they are part of something special. Jerry wants to see the future of the city secured, and he is ready to put his expertise in planning communities to work in encouraging the kind of growth that honors the values and traditions of Highland.