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Jay Lepreau "Gone Camping" Jay Lepreau, loving father, husband, brother and friend finished his last race Monday morning under the full moon. A brilliant computer scientist, avid outdoorsman, champion procrastinator and fantastic bicycle racer, he got caught on his long uphill race against multiple myeloma. He and the excellent medical staff at the University of Utah Hospital and the Huntsman Cancer Institute fought bravely with everything they had. The family greatly appreciates their efforts.Jay was born to Dr. Frank J. Lepreau Jr. and Miriam Barwood March 27, 1952. He grew up in Massachusetts and at the Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Central Haiti, where he helped his father treat the impoverished population there. While there in 1971, he met Caroline Kueneman with whom he established a life-long friendship and 12 years ago they married. He loved her dearly. Computer science was more than a job for Jay. He was passionate about operating systems. He was a world class and highly published researcher in the areas of network devices and testbeds and other arcane things that baffled the rest of us. We pretty much thought he was up all night reinventing the internet. He was passionate and competitive about most things he got involved with. More than twenty years ago he saw the redrock country of Southern Utah and loved it enough to move here to work with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance to protect it. A lifelong Quaker and Progressive, he supported causes and candidates that fought poverty, war and injustice. Recently, Jay was most involved with ensuring integrity in the way election votes are counted and with promoting more open and equitable models of scholarly communication. Jay leaves behind loving wife Caroline, children Renee and Frank Lepreau and Erica and Jordan Kueneman, father Frank Jr., Sisters Lucy Ann Lepreau, Judy Keller, Mimi Jose (David) and his friends and his colleagues at the Flux Research Group at the University of Utah. He is preceded in death by his mother Miriam, sister, Susan O'Neill and former wife Linda Stengle Lepreau. We could say a lot of things about Jay, but we couldn't ever say he might actually arrive at any particular event. More than one of us said, "Jay will probably be late for his own funeral," We hope you won't be late, though. Join us at the Quaker Meeting House at 171 East, 4800 South in Murray, Saturday September 20th at 10:30 AM for Greeting, 11:00 for Memorial Celebration of Jay's life, and 12:00 NOON for refreshments. Bring your stories and your love to share. In lieu of flowers, Jay would appreciate donations to the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA.org). Funeral Directors, Evans and Early Mortuary.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Sept. 18, 2008
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