1924 ~ 2014
John Morgan Jex (89) died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, after a long illness. "Jay" was born in Spanish Fork, Utah on August 12, 1924, to Alexander John Jex and LaRue Beck Jex. He grew up in Salt Lake City and was in his second year at University of Utah when he enlisted in the Army
. His training in the Officer Training Program was terminated early to provide reinforcements for the Battle of the Bulge, and he was assigned to the 262nd Infantry Regiment of the 66th Infantry Division as a Sergeant. He was a survivor of the sinking of the SS Leopoldville in the English Channel by a German U-boat on Christmas Eve of 1944, while en route to Cherbourg, France. He and his Regiment were later sent to the Lorient/St Nazaire area. He was the recipient of two Purple Heart
s. After the conclusion of WWII
and his discharge from the Army, Mr. Jex continued his education at University of Utah and graduated from the University of Utah Law School. Having been actively involved in Republican politics in the state through his mother, who was National Committeewoman from Utah, he joined the staff of Republican Utah Senator Arthur V. Watkins as his administrative assistant in 1952. During his time in the Senate he served as Clerk of the Joseph McCarthy Censure Committee, a committee responsible for investigating and reigning in the excesses of Senator McCarthy.
He then joined the staff of the National Coal Association during which time he also served as an advance man for Henry Cabot Lodge, Vice Presidential candidate in the 1960 election. He joined New York Life Insurance Company as Vice President for Government Relations in 1961 where he worked until his retirement. He and his family moved to New Canaan in 1962.
Mr. Jex served as a Justice of the Peace in New Canaan for many years and then as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, and later as Chairman. In 1983 he and his wife built "a home away from home" on Brewers Bay, in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, where he and his family spent many happy times.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kay, and four children, John Jex of Vashon, Washington, Jeffrey Jex of Carmel, Indiana, Elizabeth Jex of Alexandria, Virginia and Janis Guyot of Lawrence, Kansas and five grandchildren, Megan, Jenny, Katherine, Parker and John. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Russell B. Jex and Doral H. Jex and sister Carrol Jex Walton all of the Salt Lake City area.
A private funeral will be held at a later date.