James Kay(1931 - 2014)

James Edward Kay

December 22, 1931 - May 15, 2014

SALEM - James E. Kay passed away on May 15, 2014 with his wife and children by his side at the age of 82. He was born December 22, 1931 in Myrtle Point, Oregon to Edwin "Ned" Leland Kay and Jessie Edna (Robertson) Kay. He graduated from Coquille High School in 1950.

Jim's employment included selling logging supplies and as a carpenter in the Southern Oregon area. Then he found he loved the fire service. He was a volunteer fireman with five years at Coquille Fire Department, two years as Assistant Chief and Training Instructor at Bandon Fire Department. Jim then spent 3 1/2 years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, two years as a 3rd Class Damage Controlman in charge of firefighting and security assigned to the U.S.S. Gregory DD-802. He was Fire Chief for nine years at Gold Beach Fire Department, venturing to the bigger cities. He spent six years as a Deputy Fire Marshal under the Department of Commerce for Central Oregon District residing in Bend, transferring to Salem in 1976 as Fire Prevention/Investigation Specialist for the Office of State Fire Marshal. He spent two years as Supervisor of the Fire Training Division teaching fire and arson investigation throughout the State. He thoroughly enjoyed the arson investigation and challenges it presented. He retired as Bureau Chief of the State Fire Marshal's Office on June 1, 1990. His hobbies included being an avid deer hunter, fisherman, playing golf and he did lots of woodworking projects.

Jim was a member of the Oregon Fire Marshal's Association, National Fire Prevention Association and National Association of Fire Investigators. He is a Life Member of Bend Elks Lodge #1371 and Masonic Chadwick Lodge #68, Coquille, Oregon.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Bobbie Kay of Coquille, Oregon and Raymond L. Kay of Columbia, Missouri. He is survived by his wife of 35 years Beverly J. Kay of Salem, Oregon. In 1976, the apartment managers of Meadowlawn Golf Course Apartments played "Cupid" and it worked.

Jim is also survived by his children Sharleen T. Kay of Bellingham, Washington and John E. Kay of Roseburg, Oregon, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

"O.K. cuz Betty Lou Brown, you get to turn the lights out."

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to or to Oregon Burn Center, 3001 N. Gantenbein Ave., Portland, OR 97227, Hospice Care of the Northwest, 2290 Commercial Street SE, Salem, OR 97302 or Willamette Valley Hospice, 1015 Third Street NW, Salem, OR 97304.

A Celebration of Life will be from 2-6 PM on Saturday, August 16 at Elk River Campground Clubhouse, 93363 Elk River Rd., Port Orford, Oregon 97465. (541.332.2255) Please bring your favorite potluck dish to share with others. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Funeral Home

Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service and Oakleaf Crematory
605 Commercial St SE Salem, OR 97301
(503) 3642257

Published in StatesmanJournal on May 21, 2014