Jay Bennett Wilson passed away at the home of his son Stephen Wilson and his daughter-in-law Bea (where he has been residing for the past two years), in Anderson, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Jay was an only child, born on Nov. 22, 1929 to James Bennett Wilson and Ruth Alice Marshall in Colon, Panama, C.Z. U.S.A.
Jay married his sweetheart Mary Lee Shaw on Feb. 7, 1953. They cherished 61 years together before Lee passed away on Aug. 27, 2014. They were sealed as Eternal Companions in the Oakland, Calif. Temple on April 9, 1976.
Jay and Lee enjoyed a full life of hunting, canoeing, sailing, skin diving, riding four-wheelers and just being together.
Jay is survived by their four children, Stephen (Bea), Guy (Andra), Vaughn (Becky) and Valerie (Wilson) McGill, 33 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren, his brothers-in-law Vernon John Shaw, Leslie Allan Shaw, Marlin Dale Shaw and his sister-in-law Vera Nadine (Shaw) Baker.
Jay was preceded in death by his wife, his brother-in-law Dean Robert Shaw and his parents.
Jay served in the U.S. Army from April 10, 1951 until Jan. 10, 1953 where he received a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. He was transferred to the Army reserve until Aug. 23, 1956.
Jay worked for AT&T until he retired in 1985. He was on the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s reserve as a diver until Jan. 1, 1978 and served for a number of years with the Idaho County Sheriff’s Posse. He taught Hunter’s Safety, swimming, skin diving, Judo and scuba diving for many years and loved being a member of the Moby Dick Skin Diving Club. He loved the Scouting Program (BSA) and spent a good part of his adult life serving in that organization.
He had an amazing mind and enjoyed making things with his hands. He loved carving, drawing, boat building and general tinkering. He made beautiful knives, and rifle stocks and created an amazing aquaponics system in his greenhouse. His family cherishes many pieces of his handiwork.
He loved sharing stories of his life experiences, and his listeners loved hearing of his amazing adventures! He was truly a man of many talents and will be greatly missed. Jay was loved and cherished as a husband, father, grandfather, relative and friend.
Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Kamiah on Friday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. with a viewing at 10 a.m. The church is located 2.5 miles east of Kamiah on Highway 12. Interment will follow at Kamiah City Cemetery.
Arrangements have been made through Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.