Jay Santos

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Jay Wilson Santos passed away peacefully on February 21, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Jay was born on October 10, 1938 in Alameda, California to Albert and Carile Santos. Jay grew up and attended school in Oakland, California. In 1956, Jay moved to Nevada and attended the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied Mining Engineering and Geology. During this time, Jay made his home in Silver City, Nevada. After completing his studies at UNR, Jay became the Quality Control Inspector for the construction of the Fernley Cement Plant. Jay would then move to Mountain Pass, Nevada where he was employed for several years at the Mountain Pass Mine where rare earth minerals were mined and processed. Jay later moved to Winnemucca, Nevada where he continued to work as a geologist. In 1968, Jay moved to Yerington, Nevada where he would meet his wife, Donna Santos (Carriere). Jay and Donna continued to live in Yerington until 2008 when they moved to Reno, Nevada. During Jay's mining career, he would advance to become the president of a mining company, NCA Minerals, and would later become a geological consultant overseeing all aspects of mine property exploration, including drilling supervision and project management. These jobs would take to him to every corner of the western United States and to several countries, including Canada, Ecuador, Indonesia, and Guyana. He enjoyed piloting his own plane to jobs and vacation spots, sailing with his family in Alaska and Canada during the summer months, and traveling with family and friends. Jay was 50-year member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) and was also a member of the Geological Society of Nevada. Jay is preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his wife, Donna, daughter Mary, and son Laure'l. His grandchildren include Annalicia, Allison, Taylor, Brandon, and Cody. He has two great granddaughters, Havala and Scarlett. Jay is also survived by his brother Jerry and his wife Lorey Santos and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at the Tamarack Junction Banquet Room located at 13101 South Virginia Street at 4:00 pm on March 2, 2014. Donation can be made in his name to the or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Mountain View Mortuary
425 Stoker Avenue
Reno, NV 89513
(775) 788-2199
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Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Feb. 27, 2014
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