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Odell Sneeden (Jay) Hathaway II


1941 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Odell Sneeden (Jay) Hathaway II Obituary

March 3, 1941 - November 20, 2015 Odell Sneeden Hathaway, II, known to friends and family as Jay, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 20, 2015 in Anaheim, California at the age of 74. Though he had not been feeling well for several months, he continued his schedule of travel and lecturing and was planning new adventures just days before his passing. His death was sudden and unexpected, but tranquil, as he passed away in his sleep. Jay was born March 3, 1941 in Los Angeles, California to the late Mr. and Mrs. James and Lucille Hathaway. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley and was a graduate of Van Nuys High School. On December 10, 1960, he married Marjorie Berry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John and Catherine Berry, Jr. The couple then moved into the Sherman Oaks home they had purchased one week before their wedding, where together they raised six children. Marjie says marrying Jay was the best decision she ever made. A proud descendant of a multi-generational Entertainment Industry family, Jay pursued additional education at Columbia College while working at General Film Laboratories and later opened a production studio and film lab, Jay Hathaway Production Services, with partner Richard Dayton. He was a member of the Television Academy and the Society for Motion Picture and Television Engineers. A skilled producer, director, photographer, cameraman, filmmaker, editor, technician, and Kinescope recording engineer, Jay worked on multiple television shows including 'The Tonight Show' and 'Queen for a Day', sporting events, and commercials for many companies such as Kentucky Fried Chicken, Ford Motor Company, Highland's Inn, Best Western Motels, Pizza Man, Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA), May Company, Magic Chef, Varig Airlines, and many others. His credits also include work with Bill Bailey and lifelong friend Joseph Cosgrove. In 1970, he and Marjie founded the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth� and began training teachers in The Bradley Method� of Natural Childbirth. Together as Co-Executive Directors, they encouraged fathers to be active participants in their children's births. Thanks to their efforts, this is now common practice in hospitals, birthing centers, and homes throughout much of the world. They personally trained every Bradley™ instructor at 520 teacher trainings all over the United States, advocating rights of families to make informed decisions. Jay was a guest lecturer at many schools and universities, including Loyola Marymount and Los Angeles Chiropractic College, and testified as an expert before the FDA and the National Institutes of Health. Jay also utilized his entertainment background, producing over 40 educational childbirth films/videos including the revolutionary 'Childbirth for Joy of It'. Jay was a successful author (selling nearly 50,000 copies a year), food lover, private pilot, photographer, tireless family chauffeur, and supporter of the arts. After seeing his first Broadway show at age 13, he became an avid theatre fan. During his yearly visits to NYC, he would see as many musicals as possible, and usually caught a performance of his favorite, Les Misérables. He also attended the movies regularly, always staying until the very last credit. A lifelong passion for travel led Jay all over the U.S. and the world, including favorite destinations - Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, and South America. He was an early adopter of private airline lounges and mileage rewards programs, earning millions of miles on American and United Airlines. He also had status with the U.S. 'Trusted Traveler' and 'Global Entry' programs. He was a devoted husband, proud father, and loyal friend. With his strong faith, Jay was active in the Episcopal Church, as usher, chalice bearer, lay reader, and a lifelong member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Studio City, California. Jay is survived by wife Marjorie Hathaway and their children Odell Sneeden Hathaway, III, Susan Bek, Constance Sherman, James Hathaway, Robert Hathaway, and Ann Hathaway. Siblings: Brad Hathaway and Laurie Fowler. Grandchildren: Catherine Bek, Jeff Yabuki, Scot Sherman, Carolyn Phillips, Philip Sherman, Lucille Halpert, Timothy Bek, Theodore Bek, Miranda Hathaway, Emily Hathaway, and Daniel Hathaway. Great-grandchildren: Destiny Hansen, Lucas Hansen, Heidi Yabuki, Delilah Halpert, Emmanuel Phillips, Nathaniel Phillips, and Joy. Extended Family: Teddie (Brad) Hathaway, Dennis (Laurie) Fowler, the late Linda (Odell) Hathaway, Jon (Susan) Bek, Scot (Constance) Sherman, Angela (Robert) Hathaway, Stephen (Carolyn) Phillips, Ryan (Lucille) Halpert, and Amber (Jeff) Yabuki. Memorial Service on January 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Studio City, CA. Jay, we thank you, we love you, we miss you. May you rest in peace and rise in glory.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 3, 2016
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