Jay Carroll Reynolds

Jay Carroll Reynolds passed away peacefully at the age of 79 on October 31, 2017. He was born on February 16, 1938 in Twin Falls, Idaho.  His parents were Earl Raymond Reynolds and Leah Vermilla Carroll Reynolds. He was the 6th of 9 children.

He attended schools in California. He later entered the US Army where he served as a military police officer. After his honorable discharge he served a mission for the LDS Church in New Zealand. He would often talk about his mission and he loved the people New Zealand.

After his mission he met his wife Mary Lee Westing. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they had six children: Debi (Bill) Howell-Orlando FL, Ron (Kay) Reynolds-Mapleton UT, Rob Reynolds-Apple Valley California, Becky (Troy) Harris- Spanish Fork, UT, Kevin Reynolds- Lehi, UT and Dale(Karla) Reynolds-Lehi, UT. Jay and Mary Lee later divorced.

Jay worked many jobs throughout his life and retired from the Alpine School District. When living in Idaho, Jay was a volunteer fire fighter with the city of Ammon and would often talk about it with his kids. His kids joked that he always wanted to be farmer because he raised a wide assortment of animals when they were young. There were always animals to be taken care of and he often had to go chase after the cow he named Pumpkin after she got out of the yard.

Jay’s greatest joys were spending time with his family and friends. He loved any event he could be at with his children. He often took his kids on the job with him where they have many fond memories of riding in the milk truck or going to Clear Creek. He always looked forward to Christmas and the 4th of July at Kevin’s. His children were his pride and joy and he would do anything in the world for them. He also had a great love for his extended family and always looked forward to annual family reunions, so he could see all his family.

One of his favorite things to do was dance. When his children were young he would often put on his music and dance with them. He loved the 50’s music. You would often find Jay at the singles dances on the weekends, he didn’t miss many dances. As he got older and couldn’t dance anymore, he still would go and claim he went just for the refreshments. He also enjoyed getting together with his friends and playing cards or going to firesides where once again he would tease, he was just going for the refreshments.

His children would like to give a special thanks to Becky and Chris at Maple Creek Hospice and would also like to tell his daughter in law Kay how much we appreciate the care and love she gave him in him in his final days. He was so very grateful to you and so are we.

He is survived by his children and his beloved dog Phoebe, who he would jokingly call his wife. He also leaves behind 18 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren who love him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Paul, Ruth, Kenneth, George, Clifford, Fred, Lillian and Jack. He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter Virginia Reynolds.

There will be a celebration of life held in his honor on November 11th at 11:00 am in the Mapleton 7th Ward, 913 N 300 W Mapleton, UT. We would love to have his family and friends come and share memories they have of him. Light lunch will be served.

Interment will be at Pleasant Grove City Cemetery.

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  1. In loving memory of my best friend of almost twenty years. We kept close contact with eachother almost on a daily basis. especially over the three years. He was always there to lend a hand when i needed some help. I know i could always count on him to be there he had a big heart and he was so caring and compassionate and willing to help out. We enjoyed spending time at the lds singles dances,the firesides and all of the singles activities. He will be greatly missed by all may god bless him and may he rest in peace. I know i was blessed to have as my friend.