June 5, 1960 – July 26, 2014
Jay L. Asay was born on June 5, 1960, in Lovell. He was the son of Jay and Grace Asay. Jay died at his home in Frannie on July 26, 2014, due to complications of diabetes.
Jay graduated from Deaver-Frannie High School in 1978 and continued to live on the family farm helping his parents. He enjoyed fishing and going to the mountains. He also enjoyed carpentry work and especially loved his job working for Moore’s Custom Cabinets.
A special memory written by his nephew James Cozzens sums up Jay very nicely:
“Uncle Jay was quite the character. He always had a smile on his face, even when he was in pain. He loved to sit and just watch the world go by, which sometimes made you think he knew a lot more than he was letting on. He loved the land and the place where he was raised. I suppose everyone loved that farm, but Jay cherished it. It was his lifeblood like his father before.
“Even though Jay was a quiet guy, when you were in the wrong he didn’t hesitate to let you know it. Jay always took the time and patience with things. It was not laziness, it was his way of making sure things were done right.
“He was a calm breeze on a hot day that would relieve you with an iced tea and a smile, and if you were lucky, his sense of humor. There was not a mean bone in Jay’s body, unless you happened to be a snake or a mosquito; he found joy in putting them to their maker. There are people in life that speed to get where they want and there are those who take their time and wait. Jay was a fisherman in life and knew not to rush things. You go too fast and you lose the catch. Jay was patient and knew the best comes to those who wait.”
Jay will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Jay was preceded in death by his father William Jay Banks Asay; sister Tina Lee Asay and nephew Levi Lee Loyning.
He is survived by his mother Grace Asay, sisters Penny Cozzens (Nelson), Toni Renner (Russell) and Debbie Loyning, along with many, nieces and nephews and extended family members.
Services were held at the Cowley LDS Church, Tuesday, July 29, at 2 p.m. Burial followed in the Deaver Cemetery.
To send one of our special floral arrangements, please call Valley Flowers & Gifts in Lovell, 307-548-7101