Jerry Franklin Bentley was born on September 17, 1934, the second son of Clyde and Alma Bentley.

He had an older brother, Daniel Duke Bentley, and a younger brother, George Henry Bentley.

He was married to Judy Fillmore for many years; they had two children, Laurie Jean Bentley and Rick James Bentley (my father).

Eventually he divorced Judy and married Jane Bridge.

He died on December 5, 2014, and is interred at Santa Fe National Cemetery.