Jay Winn

Born: Mon., Oct. 20, 1975
Died: Sun., Sep. 30, 2012

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Oct. 06, 2012
Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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A Funeral Service for 36 year old Jay Winn will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Church of Latter Day Saints in Hines at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will follow at Happy Valley Cemetery in Diamond, Oregon.

Jay Winn was in a Semi-Truck accident in Wyoming on September 30th.

Contributions in Jay Winn's memory can be made to the Harney County Wrestling Mat Club in care of LaFollette's Chapel, PO Box 488; Burns, Oregon 97720.

Jay Patrick Winn died Sept. 30.

Jay was born Oct. 20, 1975, at Harney County Hospital in Burns.

As a young boy, he was rough, tough and adventurous. He attended grade school in Burns and Hines. His parents moved quite a bit in his early years, but Harney County was always home to him. Jay started hunting with his dad about the same time that he started wrestling. His love of the outdoors and hunting was equaled only by his love of sports.

Jay attended high school in Burns. While he was very bright, the only reason he consented to attend school was so that he could participate in football, wrestling and baseball. He was a stand-out athlete with an incredible work ethic.

After high school, he attended Western Oregon University where he played football for one season.

Jay then began to prepare to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was called to serve in the California Riverside Mission. Those two years greatly influenced the rest of his life.

He returned home in March 1999 and soon met and married the love of his life, Alison “Ali” Ruth Huddleston. They were married Aug. 14, 1999, in the Dallas, Texas, Temple.

The couple then moved to Cleveland, Miss., to attend Delta State University. While Ali concentrated on completing her degree, Jay was busy educating the Delta State football team on how to play football the proper, “Oregon” way.

After Ali received her diploma in 2000, the couple moved back to Burns, and Jay started his career in construction.

Jay and Ali proceeded to have a family together. First were two sons, Michael Jonathan and Justin Daniel. Then they were blessed with their only daughter, Kasey Lee, who was followed by two more sons, Thomas Jay and Kaleb James.

Jay loved being a husband and a dad. Everything he did was for his family or his friends. Jay’s favorite thing to do was hunt or fish with people he loved. He was an enthusiastic coach for his boys in wrestling and football.

Jay is survived by his wife and children; parents, William and Judy Winn; siblings, Jaymie Hampson, Daniel Winn and Myla SkunkCap; grandparents, Donna Tackman and William Winn; and a large, extended family of nieces, nephews and in-laws.

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Leon and Linda Gage
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
Our heartfelt sympathy to you all. Jay only briefly and occasionally crossed our path, but what a delight it was to be in his presence! We enjoyed interactions we had with him, and cannot begin to comprehend what an incredible loss this is to you who knew him so well, and enjoyed him so often. You are on our minds and in our prayers.

Ann Ross
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
So sorry for your terrible loss. My prayers are with the entire family.

Crystal Otley
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
Our deepest sorrow for the loss of such a great young man! May you rest in peace Jay! God Bless the entire family! And, if there is anything we can do to help in any way, please let us know!

Thad and Melissa Alfstad
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
Our prayers go out to you and your family, I am so sorry for your loss. A great man taken so young. I am thankful you had 36 years here and created a beautiful family.
God Bless

Tom & Michelle Friedrichsen
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
So devastated for all you! We just keep thinking about how excited Mick was after the football game, and how he rushed up the bleachers so he could tell his dad how he took down the big guy "three times!" We know Jay will be missed, and we'll all miss his contributions to the community and the kids. It's so wonderful to have someone so great in your life, but it makes the loss that much harder. You are all in our prayers!

Wade & Jody Starbuck
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
We were so sorry to hear of Jay''s death. We pray that God will comfort you in the days to come. The Winn family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Janis Tramel
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
So very sorry to hear about Jay. He and his family are in my prayers. Janis

Kevin and Elsie Mulcare
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
Sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.

Margaret Lauritzen
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
I''m so sorry for your loss.

Claudio & Maria Iturriaga
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
We are so very sorry for your huge loss. He and all the family are in our prayers. My he Rest in Peace.

Rhonda/John Petty and Mikie Johnson
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
We will always remember "jayboy" with very fond memories. Our prayers go out to the entire Winn family.

Linda Smith
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
Darrel and Linda Smith
We send our condolences to all of the family of Jay Winn. We send our prayers to help you thru this hard times.

Wade & Crimson Presley
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
We are so sorry for the loss of Jay. He will be deeply missed! He is in our thoughts and prayers.

Norma and Mike Mulcare
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

Justin and Elizabeth Curtis
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
So sorry to hear about Jay. Wish all the best to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Charles & Lorna Cagle, Ferne Cagle
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
We are very sorry to hear the loss of Jay, he will be missed. Our families go back many generations to the Art Barnes era in the Diamond Valley and always sad to hear of the loss of a relative.

Dennis & Cindy Keith
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers to the family. We have very fond memories of Jay in wrestling with our boys. Big hugs and Love

Tami Surplus
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
I''m so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this very difficult time.

Patti Wagner
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all. What a fine young man Jay was. Please know that you are all in my prayers.

Bob and Vicki Johnson, Clint and Cassi Johnson, Angie Johnson and Allen Jones
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
Sending love to the Winn family. We know, only too well, the void that he will leave with his loved ones. Praying that you all feel God''s Grace and Peace through this journey.

Karen Carter
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
So very sorry to hear about Jay. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Steve and Cheryl Foster
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
May memories of Jay provide comfort in these and the days that follow your tragic loss. Many thoughts and prayers that God will somehow bring some peace to your hearts.

Rick & Connie Hall
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.

Steve and Tamie Springston
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
Steve and I are sorry to hear about Jay, our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Kelly Wheeler Atkinson
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
My heart is heavy. Praying for the Winn family to find the strength needed to get through such a terribly sad time.

Cyndy Coleman Marshall
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
[Deep Sigh...] Dearest Judy and Bill... Allie, siblings and children... my guts just ache for you all, I am sooooo sorry that you are living this nightmare. My heart goes out to you, I lift you up to our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ and pray that you will have strength for the days ahead and His grace to sustain you. I remember fondly the many many fall Friday nights that I heard Jay Winn's actions on the football field getting accolades for a job well done for the Burns Highlanders... {{{{{hugs}}}}} and tears with you, Cyndy

Preston and Willa (Woodfin) Jannsen
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to you. Our prayers are with you, your extended family, and friends.

Gary and Verna Hannaford
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
Jay I didn't know you really well. But you will be missed my friend! My prayers are going out for your family and all your friends! I know in my heart that we will meet again when my day comes. I know also that you and Josh are both looking down on us now my friend! Your life was cut short but you touched a lot of life's in the years you where here! Travel well my friend!

Jesse and Jaylene Krueger
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.

Ed and Miranda Moulton
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this time of loss.

Barb Robertson Farrington
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
Bill, Judy, & Family,

Just a note to let you know you all are in my thoughts & prayers. What a fine man Jay grew up to be. I have heard others speak of his kindess & grace to others & what a wonderful husband & father he was. I remember Jay as that young man ready to take on the world. He did just that for the short time he was here. Thank God for the memories that you hold tightly in your hearts - those can never be taken from us. You will continue to be in my thoughts & prayers in the hard days ahead. May God our Father continue to hold you tightly in his loving arms..


Cathy Cox (Taylor)
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
Bill, Judy and Family- My heart is so sad and heavy. I pray for all of you during this very sad time and am thankful that I was able to know Jay and grow up just down the street from all of you. With deepest sympathies--Cathy

Mitch & Linda Baker
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
What a joy Jay was during the school years of sports and events. We remember Jay coming out to the ranch and hunting coyotes or just going out in the hills with Joe and their friends. Jay was always such a joy and was so respectful to us. We are sending our thoughts and prayers for your entire family. Your loss is so great but with God's good grace I know you can endure this. I pray for strength and stamina to get you through. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help in any way.

Audrey Duke
   Posted Wed October 03, 2012
Bill and Judy and Jay's family,
I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. There are no words adequate to help you through this very sad, difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers in these difficult times. As people of faith, I know you will be reunited with Jay, but that is little help in these hard times.
Audrey Duke

Glenn and Gloria Patterson
   Posted Wed October 03, 2012
Our hearts are breaking for your loss. Know that we care and love your faimly very much. Even though know we fully understand the plan of happiness, it still doesn''t eas the hurt we feel now. Remember him daily and talk about him. That helps a lot especially to his children. We love you guys and God bless. Gloria

Rick and Plemmie Vandervort
   Posted Wed October 03, 2012
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved son. Our prayers are with you at this time of such sorrow. We so enjoyed our visit with you last month and although we are far apart, you are near in our hearts.

Angie & Butch DeLange
   Posted Wed October 03, 2012
Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. We knew & loved Jay very much.

Beth Shiiki (Williams)
   Posted Thu October 04, 2012
Ali, Judy, Bill, Dan, Myla, children, families, Auntie Jud,
I am so saddened and in pain to hear of the loss of Jay. He was and is an inspiration to us all with his hard work, on the matts and off. He was always so kind to Matthew and Jordan, and always had time for them. I have shared some special memories with all of you at the hospital, and only wish I could be there on Saturday to hug all of you. Jesus is with all of you, and Jay is with Him and with Mick. They will watch over all of you. My prayers are with all of you during this difficult and painful time.
All my love,

Dee and Miles
   Posted Sat October 06, 2012
Judy,Bill and family, Our hearts brake for your loss, there are no words , May God be with you at the time. Sincerely, Dee and Miles

Dan and Janyce Courtney
   Posted Sun October 07, 2012
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are very sad for your loss.

Bev Evans Miller
   Posted Mon October 08, 2012
Dear Family of Jay,
I was so shocked to hear of Jay''''s death. I remember Jay from the time he was a young child. The last time I talked to him he was a wonderful young man, married with a young family. He was a great kid and an honorable young man and always so likeable. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. My thoughts go to his parents, wife and children. May God strengthen you through this trial, many thoughts and prayers are being said in your behalf.
"Not till the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly, will God unfold the pattern or explain the reason why. The dark threads were as needful, in the weavers skillful hand, as the threads of gold and silver in the pattern that He planned." author unknown
Always remember, God is in charge. I pray that you will all find peace and comfort at this time.
I love you Judy, Bill and all your family(Jamie, Dan, Missy and Grandma Donna). You are in my prayers as well as his dear sweet wife and children as you endure this tragedy.
Love, Bev

Gordon and Cyndy Wood
   Posted Mon October 08, 2012
Dear Winn Family, We just heard about your horrible loss and we are devasted for you. Jay was about the most delightful young man one could ever meet and I am sure he was just as great a husband and father. We honestly can't imagine the depth of your loss and we will pray for your whole family. Love, The Wood Family (Gordon Cyndy Helen Oscar and Isaac)

Ranel Hales Reed
   Posted Tue October 09, 2012
I am not an acquaintance of the family or of Jay Winn but my husband and I were at the scene of the accident on Sunday, September 30th. We would like you to know that Jay did everything he could to avoid injuring anyone else on the highway. He attempted to steer the semi away from any other vehicle as he lost his brakes coming down that mountain. I felt so sad knowing that he was probably a father and a husband, a son and a grandson to someone who loved him. Our hearts are saddened that the accident couldn''t have ended differently. I want you to know that my husband and I said prayers as we assisted but knew that it would take a miracle for him to come away from that wreck. We hope and pray for you and your family. I lost my husband five years ago and know that our Heavenly Father loves all of us. There were strong angels around Jay that night. He was not alone. We too are LDS and know that it was way too soon for Jay to leave this earthly home. You will miss him but know that he is close by watching over all of you. I am so sorry for your loss.
Ranel and Steve Reed

   Posted Thu October 11, 2012
Dear Winn family:

I did not have the pleasure of knowing Jay or any of his family. I was in the vicinity of the wreck and have prayed for him. None of us know God''s plan for us....Each day we are called to do our best to serve Him. Being there that night, I knew he had left this earth. I will continue to pray for you and your children that good shall come to all of you. I am sorry for your loss, and the loss of your children. I do not know what it could be, but if I may be of help, please email me.

Gustavo Castillo
   Posted Sat October 13, 2012
Hi. I'm so sad. My name is Gustavo and I served in the CRM with Elder Winn. We were never companions because I was in the spanish program but I did get to go on splits with him once or twice and it made tracting as fun as possible. I can't think of a more cheerful fellow I ever met. I had not heard from him since we both finished our missions, but a few weeks ago I was playing my piano, and I remembered that Elder Winn asked me to play the Turkish Rondo by Mozart because I was one of the only 2 people he knew that could play the middle part. I have been going through some really hard times because I have cancer so I've had surgery in the past 2 months, and just finished radation therapy this week. So when I signed into facebook and I found out that Elder Winn passed away, I felt very despirited because I never got to contact him again. Even though he's gone, his legacy will continue in his beautiful family. I know it's tough but I just know that his kids will use his memory to inspire them in life. It's like the seeds that grow into an impressive tree, even though the tree they came from might not be around anymore. I may be far away, but please, feel free to email me if there's anything I can do for you guys.

Faron Levrets
   Posted Mon October 15, 2012
My condolences for the Winn family, we were good friends with the family and my prayers go out to all of you. May God grant your family peace during this hard time. I want to share my thoughts that as I have read the living christ I look to him for peace and that I can make it through anything when I think of the savior. Just in general when I feel pain or can't deal with my trials I look to God and live. May those around you bring you comfort and act as angels to comfort you when in need. your friend
Faron Levrets. God bless.

Bro. Gary & Sister Karin McGee
   Posted Fri June 28, 2013
In going through my book of rememberence, I found a note written to me in January of 1998 from Jay's folks-Bill & Judy. As the Ward Mission Leader in the Riverside Stake, I wanted to let them know what an exemplary young man they had sent on a mission, and told them so in a letter, which arrived right before thanksgiving of 1997. I gained a special friendship with Jay, even carting him and his 'weights' that he caried on his mission so he wouldn't get out of shape - when he was transfered to Palm springs. He called me each time he was transfered, because he knew I would come & because I had a pick-up for all his stuff.

That friendship extended beyond his mission, as he invited me to his reception in Burns, Oregon at a friends Homestead. I flew into Boise, rented a car and drove to Burns for the occasion. I was greeted with open arms by the entire family and friends, and cherish the visit as a memorable time in my life never to be forgotten.

We spoke often for the 1st few years, exchanged Christmas cards and he shared with me some of his frustrations with unreliable people in the construction trades. He was a great young man, missionary and I'm sure a great husband and Father.

I believe we got along so well, because we were both "take charge & get it done" kind of people, both in our personal lives and in regards to the Gospel. I will miss him. God be with you...till we meet again.

Moroni 8:3

Bro. Gary McGee

Ted and Jodie Denarski
   Posted Thu October 10, 2013
It seems like just yesterday I was at the fuel station saying goodbye to my brother Kevin, my husband Ted, and Jay as they were about to leave Burns heading to Wyoming sad to see them go but excited for all of them because they finally found the scrap job that would "change all our lives" It has been just over a year, and boy did it change our lives... I know that nothing ever stays the same or lasts forever, but how I wish this one time it could have stayed just as it was I didn't know it then but life then was as good as it got... We had the world by the tail "livin' the dream" as Jay put it.. I now wish I could wake up from this nightmare.. I know how this tragic accident has changed my husband forever. He will never be the same person he was, so I can only imagine how hard it is for his family..I can only hope they take comfort in knowing how he also changed us for the better just knowing and being around him.. Ted and I recently moved out of Burns because it will never be the same for us there... But THE GREAT JAY WINN will forever be with us no matter where our travels take us and ironically it's taken us back to Montana where he and Ted spent most of their time together.. OH HOW THE LORD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS.. Thank you Jay and Ali Winn for all you have given to us spiritually... WE WILL NEVER FORGET...

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