From the moment he arrived from Texas more than a half-century ago, Jay Sproul embraced the Boulder lifestyle and lived it to the fullest. If he wasn't hiking, he was singing with local opera groups or barbershop quartets at Chautauqua, playing banjo or jazz on his sax, ice skating with his family at Pactolus Lake, staying up until 2 a.m. to watch his grandsons play with Rose Hill Drive, bicycling — he was an early wearer of the now ubiquitous local biking uniform — and camping all over Colorado... Let's just say he lived every day of his life to the fullest. It's safe to say that Jay Carlton Sproul wasn't quite ready to go when he died of cancer Sept. 22, 2013 in Boulder. He was a young 81 and had a lot more to do. Jay was born April 26, 1932 in Redbank, N.J. to Paul Sproul and Doris Baker Sproul. He graduated with an honors degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1957 and was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. He moved to Boulder as soon as he could with his young family, working at the Rocky Flats Plant from 1959 to 1963. He was a sales engineer for CBA Refrigeration and Heating from 1964 to 1972. In 1973 he joined the University of Colorado Boulder department of Facilities Management, where he was director of energy conservation. Jay loved his work at CU, but took full advantage of his retirement, traveling often to his beloved Paris, going to jazz clubs, having coffee and coffee cake with friends, eating good food, toasting life with his wife Helga in Germany and all those other things that made his life so rich and full. He is survived by his wife, Helga Sproul; a daughter, Karen Hassan and her husband Hass Hassan; a son, Stephen H. Sproul; and grandchildren Jacob, Daniel and Benjamin Sproul, all of Boulder, and Ella and Peter Hassan, both of Boulder. He was preceded in death by a son, Jay Carlton Sproul, Jr. A celebration of Jay's life will be held at a later date to be announced by the family. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to KUVO, where he was a volunteer, at kuvo.org or P.O. Box 2040, Denver CO, 80201-2040.
Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on Oct. 6, 2013