Jay Gordon Willes, 65, of Idaho Falls, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at The Tower Provo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Provo, Utah.
He was born Oct. 9, 1948, in Pocatello to JGordon Willes and Mary Naomi Dalton Willes. Jay was born with a congenital hip dislocation, which resulted in many trips and operations at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. This birth defect kept him from driving, but never slowed him down. His early years were spent in Pocatello and in 1960, the family moved to Idaho Falls. He graduated from Bonneville High School in the special ed program in 1969.
Jay worked at the Royal Shoe Shop, the LDS Hospital and at McDonalds for 29 years. He loved seeing family and friends come in to visit.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he greeted members each week as he handed them the ward bulletin.
He loved going to Chukars baseball games, bowling with the Adventure Center, riding horses and driving the pony carts for Special Olympics.
Jay is survived by a sister, Nancy (R. John) Moss of Idaho Falls; nieces, Melinda Moss of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Tiffany Moss of Seattle; and nephews, Michael John (Katherine) Moss of West Jordan, Utah, and William John (Emily) Moss of Logan, Utah.
Besides his parents, Jay was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Naomi, who died at birth; stillborn sisters, Amy and Ann; and his maternal grandparents, Frederick William Dalton Jr., Mary Levon Labrum Dalton Holland and James Murdell (Dell) Holland; and paternal grandparents, Joseph Alza Willes and Lillian Darlene Gordon Willes. What a great reunion in Heaven!
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at Rest Lawn Cemetery, 2864 S. Fifth Ave. in Pocatello. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Idaho Falls LDS South Stake Center, 2051 S. Emerson Ave. Arrangements are under the direction of Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to The Adventure Center - Special Olympics Fund, attn: Sarah Perkes; 775 Lincoln Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83401.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.coltrinmortuary.com.