Jay Harley Smith, Jr
Date of birth: February 16 1979
Date of death: October 7 2019
Jay Harley Smith, Jr
“Our Gentle Redneck”
Born on February 16, 1979 in Oceanside, CA
Went to be with the angels on October 7, 2019 in Portland, OR
For a man so young, Jay touched so many lives. Family was very important to him and he loved family gatherings. To those who knew and loved him, he was known by JayJay, JayBird, Knotthead and sometimes just plain Junior.
He is survived by his parents: Eleanor D Smith, Jay H Smith, Sr; his sisters: Kelly M Lockman, Betty J. Smith-Helwig; Nephews; Brian J. Lockman, Joshua W. Smith, Christian L. Lockman, Thomas G.D. Helwig: nieces; Megan D. Smith, Ashlynn M. Lockman, Daelynn M. Lockman; “adopted” daughter Kindle B. Borque and many extended family members and close friends.
He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews and attending their various activities. He was their biggest supporter. While he did not have any children of his own, he was thought to be a father-figure to his nieces and nephews. He was also an animal lover and truly adored his dog, Bagherra Renee.
Jay was a very kind man, who would not hesitate to help a person in need. He was a very giving man and you always felt safe when you were around him. He was a simple man, in the fact that what you saw from him is what you got. He thoroughly enjoyed making people laugh and tried to go out of his way to make as many people as he could smile. His was a very dry sense of humor and it did take some getting used to. He would welcome people with open arms and A LOT of sarcasm.
He loved fishing, camping, and just being out in the woods. He would always talk about his time with the California Conservation Corps and how that experience taught him so much. This is where his love of chainsaws came about. He looked forward to the yearly wood-cutting season because it involved two of his favorite things: the woods and running a chainsaw. He always managed to make these trips a family affair and get everyone involved.
Jay loved military history and could tell you about almost any war time movies. His favorite movies ranged from Band of Brothers to Hacksaw Ridge. He also loved country music, especially the songs from the 1950s and 1960s. Anytime a person was riding with him, the country station was playing and he would be singing along. He would be having so much fun that you could not help but join along.
Some people called him a “Redneck”; others called him a “Gentle Giant”. He was the best of both. Jay was rough and tough on the outside, but so warm, gentle and caring on the inside. A person's life was better just by knowing this man!
Rest in Peace Baby Brother. We will not say Goodbye. This is UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!
15 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Bristor family We are so blessed to have been able to spend sometime with you this summer. I bet you and Bryan are stirring all kinds of trouble.
Candle lit by Kelly Lockman Thank you to all the friends and family that came to help us thru this difficult time. Jay was always about family and will always be with us. Baby brother, you may be gone but never forgotten!’
Candle lit by Shiloh Crandall Jay, you touched so many lives and made so many people smile. This is not a goodbye, it is simply a “till we meet again”.
Candle lit by Brian Crandall I will miss you my friend. You were truly loved!
Candle lit by Nola welch Jay you are a genuine beautiful person, you always gave. Your best to everyone. I will always love you
Candle lit by Ron Lockman We will miss you greatly.
Candle lit by Aunt Chris Dear dear Jay will think and miss you everyday. The world will he a little dimmer without you
Candle lit by Kindle Bourque Your the kindest man I've ever known. Always thought of others before yourself. A trait that i strive to be. I'm going to miss teaching you "big" words and what they mean. I'm sorry I didn't keep up on my drawing, I am a slacker. Although you weren't my "real" father, you taught me many things that I will NEVER forget and I will always love you like you were. I'll miss you big guy.
Candle lit by Ron and Jane Brown We will miss you, Jay! Till we meet again.
Candle lit by Cameron Gonna miss you a ton, more than you’d expect.
Candle lit by Wayne You will be missed.
Candle lit by Megan Smith Funky monkey, I will never forget our road trips. You always loved when I drove with you, even if it was just to the store. You will be greatly missed. I love you so much. Rest is paradise funky monkey. Until we meet again????
Candle lit by Lisa Becker Jay Jay "The Gentle Giant" My fond memories of you are all those times you helped out at Cub Scout Day Camp and then seeing you at the Douglas County Speedway watching the races. You are gonna be terribly missed down here until we meet again JayJay
Candle lit by Chelsea Bristor Rest easy Jay. You were a great man.