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August 20, 2003
Jaybird, as he was known around Cal Poly and SLO town in the 70's was my friend, school mate, part time roommate, sage, and character. He was a free spirit with a clear vision of life and had a glorious laugh he shared freely.
I moved away long ago but kept in touch with Jay via the phone now and then. On infrequent visits back to San Luis Jay would always have some time to visit.
While I never doubted his ability to acheive greatness he never talked about his enormous success on the court, much less the ever-lasting impressions he left on young people who were fortunate enough to be able to bask in his presence for while. That was Jay's style.
For those who had that opportunity I share both your feelings of gratitude as well as over-whelming saddness of incredible loss.
Jaybird we are all better people for knowing you. As your friend Jerry and the boys sang "... there is nothing left to do but smile smile smile...."

Myron Ledworowski
Middleton, Wisconsin
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Au gust 20,2003
August 18, 2003
I knew Jay through his basketball players Kim and Chantal Deines. Jay inspired people for life. He was a legend in his time and will be a star guiding Mission College Prep forever. Peace and blessings, Carol Zarek
August 14, 2003
I just came from Jay's wonderful memorial service,which was standing room only. It was an honor be in the midst of all the recipients of Jay's great sense of humor and enormous capacity for love and kindness. I've had a secret dream since I met Jay and Mission in the late 80's, and that was to play basketball for him. Of course I was already out of high school, not to mention way too slow, but watching the girls play for many years has brought me a great deal of personal joy and delight. Thanks, Jay. The Cowitz Family and the MCP Family are in my prayers and heart.
August 13, 2003
I am an old friend of Jay's from the late 70's. I was his neighbor on Higuera Street before I moved to Oregon to be a high school teacher. He was a wonderful friend to Myron, Bonnie and myself and a delightful person. Jay and Myron taught me to cook. He was a genuine friend: always full of love, devotion, extremely kind,and had an incredible laugh. It seems he never lost these characteristics and even gained many more positive characteristics: determination, strength, and the ablilities to lead and teach. I am sure these qualities are reflected in his family members which I know he loved unselfishly. I am truly sorry for your loss. Marilyn Robinson Cooley

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