Jay Allen Sutton, 87, of St. Anthony, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013, peacefully at his home.
He was born Nov. 3, 1925, in Rexburg, to Lew W. and LaVon Allen Sutton. He was raised in Rexburg with three other siblings, Gail, Margie and Ken. He had many friends from his school days that he spent hours with hunting, fishing, riding motorbikes and practicing their archery skills. This group remained close throughout their lives, even into their 80's. However, his favorite after-school activity was working with his dad in the automotive repair shop.
He joined the Marine Corps in 1943, extending his mechanical knowledge, obtaining some medical skills and becoming a pilot. After active duty, he served in the National Guard for 20 years.He met LaRie Williams from Chapin, Idaho, while she was attending Ricks College. On Oct. 29, 1947, they were married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They settled in St. Anthony, where he worked for his father at Fremont Motors. Eventually he opened his own car and truck repair business that evolved into a chainsaw sales and repair shop -- Jay's Tune Up. He ran this business, with the help of his wife, until l980, when they went on their first mission to the Philippines. They enjoyed this mission so much that in l987, they were called to go to Texas. Between those two missions, he owned another chainsaw, snowmobile and lawnmower repair service in Ashton -- Sutton Saw Service. After retiring, he continued to repair these kinds of engines for many years in his garage at home.
He spent a lot of his free time building small airplanes, ice fishing and duck hunting with his buddies, especially Grand Chandler. He also helped Gary Bidwell conduct many funerals.
Jay served in many LDS church positions, from bishop to service as a faithful home teacher. His absolute favorite calling was as an ordinance worker in the Idaho Falls Temple, where he and LaRie served for 25 years. He was also known for his quiet, caring service for his family, friends and neighbors.
Jay is survived by his wife of 65 years; a brother, Ken Sutton of St. Anthony; and four of his five daughters, Pat (Zeph) Quirl of Teton, Idaho, Jackie (Scott) Valcarce of St. Anthony, Louise (John) Nielson of Iowa and Bonnie (Mike) Kirby of Vermont; 26 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margie Chantrill; a brother, Gail; and daughter, Melinda Friedl.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, in the St. Anthony LDS 4th Ward Chapel. The family will meet with friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bidwell Funeral Home in St. Anthony and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Archer-Sutton Cemetery, where military rites will be performed by the St. Anthony V.F.W. and American Legion.
Condolences may be sent to www.bidwellfuneralhome.com.