Jay grew up in the Provo/Eureka area, where his family and friends were and later moved to Moab where he married his first wife, “Ricki,” and had two beautiful boys. They later divorced, and in 1989 he met Cindee and they were married in 1990. They had a beautiful baby girl and life began as a whole.
Jay was known throughout the community as Mr. Funny, as he always had something – whether it be a smile, prank, joke – something was always on his agenda, and how he expressed his love for someone was different. If he thought that it was something that would just get you, he did it. If he saw that someone needed something he would just do it without any questions asked.
Jay enjoyed everyone in the community, which became “one” big family as a whole to all of our family and is very dear to our hearts. He loved the outdoors and the beauty that surrounded us, as we were in heaven. He loved camping, four-wheeling, hiking, swimming and most of all, his family.
His second family was the Moab Valley Fire Department and he loved each and every one as his brother and mentors, along with their families.
Jay is survived by his wife and best friend, Cindee; brother, Rex McDonald of Moab; sons, Justin (Amy) Stephens of Moab and Trevor (Sarah) of Grand Junction, Colorado; daughter, Danielle (Shae) Batt, Moab; sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Kenneth Howell; three amazing and beautiful grandchildren: Aiden, Kayla and Chandler, who stole his heart as he is papa to all of them.
He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins from near and far.
Jay was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Landry; father, Jay McDonald; brother, Tracey McDonald; stepfather, Bill Landry; mother-in-law, Carole Gilmore, and brother-in-law, Daryl Gilmore.
Heaven has gotten a very dear man who will be watching over all, but will be greatly missed by many.