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John Carlton Jay

May 15, 1947 — March 12, 2024

John Carlton Jay, a devoted husband, father, brother, and Navy veteran, was born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1947. He passed away peacefully on March 12, 2024. John's early years were filled with fond memories of his time "up north" before he moved to Tallahassee, Florida at the age of 7.

Music played a significant role in John's life from a young age. He developed a deep passion for music and excelled in playing both the French horn and Cornet throughout his school years. After graduating from Leon High School in 1967, John answered the call to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Navy.

During his four years of active duty, John had the opportunity to serve onboard surface combatants and volunteered for Submarine duty. It was during his time stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii that he met the love of his life, Edana. The two were united in marriage in April 1969 and shared a loving partnership that lasted over five decades.

Following his military service, John pursued higher education at Sonoma State University in northern California, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business. In 1975, John and Edana settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he began a successful career in the insurance industry.

John's commitment to serving others extended beyond his professional life. As a Reservist for the United States Navy, he dedicated 28 years to his country. Noteworthy among his assignments was managing the Mobile Dining Facility for a Mobile Fleet Hospital.

A pillar of faith within his community, John was actively involved with Calvary Chapel Rio Rancho where he devoted his time teaching Sunday School classes and hosting home fellowships. His culinary skills were renowned among family and friends, bringing joy through delicious meals prepared with love.

In addition to cooking, John enjoyed playing golf and embarking on adventures with Edana in their RV. He leaves behind cherished memories for his beloved wife Edana; brother Walt; sons Keith and Seth; as well as a host of family members and friends who will miss him dearly.

John's legacy is one of service to his country, dedication to family, and unwavering faith. His kindness, humor, and warmth touched many lives and will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. May he rest in peace knowing that he made a lasting impact on those around him.

John was preceded in death by his parents William and Miriam (Samuels) Jay. He is survived by his wife, Edana, Son Keith and wife Melanie, grandson's Nathan and Zachary, and son Seth, wife Hope and grandchildren Hanani and Itai. A memorial service will be held at Calvary of Rio Rancho, 21st of March at 11:00 a.m.
Burial will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery on the 25th of March at 12:30 p.m.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate professionals at
Trujillo Family Funeral Home
"Our Family Serving Yours"
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