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Jayson Russell Brentlinger Obituary
Brentlinger, Jayson Russell
passed away on December 20, 2011 at the age of 82 in Phoenix, Arizona. Jay was born September 10, 1929 in Terre Haute, Indiana to parents Russell Brentlinger and Mildred Campbell Brentlinger, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his companion Martha Fenton, his children Mark and wife LuAnn, Charles Jayson, Kenneth and wife Kirya, Keri, and Jayleen along with grandchildren Melissa, James, Cody, Kenny, Christopher, Devon, Alex and Luisa. Jay grew up in Terre Haute where he attended High School. He attended Culver Naval Academy in Indiana where he discovered a love for sailing. Jay earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Rose Polytechnic Institute. He joined the Air Force in 1951, became a combat jet fighter pilot and served in Korea. He was a true patriot and proudly served his country. Jay was also a member of the Arizona Air National Guard where he met Steve Szalay, both captains of F-104 fighter jets at Luke Air Force base. Jay and Steve, two remarkable gentlemen, became lifelong friends and partners for more than 50 years. Jay and Steve partnered to form Mark Imports Volkswagen dealership in 1957. Jay and Steve went on to form S & J Investments which owned and operated a travel agency, commercial real estate throughout the valley, and several radio stations in Arizona. Jay became an investor to Circuit Research Labs in 2003. Flying was Jay's life. An avid pilot, he flew a variety of vintage and modern aircraft over the years. He was a flight leader in the T-6 Cactus squadron. Jay was also a member of the Experimental Aircraft of America (EAA) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and Sun 'N Fun, Florida, where he served as a War Bird judge. Wisconsin was his summer home for over 50 years where he loved the beauty of the North woods and lakes, enjoying fast boats, skiing, sailing, golfing, and creating fun. Jay enjoyed flying with his many pilot friends in Eagle River and served as a member of the Howard Young Foundation Board in Minocqua. Jay was a courageous man who faced life head on to the end. His booming laugh and bold spirit will be missed by his family and friends. Private military services will be held in January.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 25, 2011
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