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Longmont artist, Jason Eric Kay (45) is finally resting after battling ALS for the last three years. He passed away in his home in Longmont, Colorado on August 16, 2016 with his friends Brian McBride and Stephen Seaton by his bedside. Jason grew up in Reynoldsburg, Ohio and upon graduating from its supremely suburban high school in 1989, couldn't leave Central Ohio fast enough. He moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to zip through his degree from the Art Institute, and boldly announced to his family that he planned on driving home in a BMW. Like many young men, he believed he was in love with money, but his time as a bike messenger on the hilly streets of the Steel City reminded him of what his true passion was - direct competition. Every day at that job gave him an opportunity to top his co-workers, which led to his love affair with endurance sports. Over his lifetime he competed in dozens of duathlons, marathons and even a few super marathons. His childhood summers with Chuck Doran at Blacklick Golf Course gave Jason a lifelong love for that game and a real taste for the controlled mental competition that drives all golfers. He found that endurance sports offered the same opportunity to line up next to someone, and several hours later look them in the eye with a smile after beating them. This gloating was much less controlled with friends and family of all ages, who were victims of his high-volume, gyrating antagonism at the end of any game he won - especially card games. His 'road to the riches' led him to Atlanta, Georgia where he lived for over five years. This allowed him to witness the '96 Olympics up close, and also allowed him to indulge in what makes Atlanta the "Magic City." The ATL's obsession with status and money wore thin and finally drove him to move to Colorado with his girlfriend. They spent weeks traveling around the United States in their VW van before settling outside of Boulder. (That last sentence couldn't be more Boulder if it tried). They both were seeking an alternative to what Jason referred to as "the rat race" and the daily opportunity to hike and run and ski suited them both perfectly. No one embodied the phrase "working to live" more than Jason. He had a strong distaste for anyone in authority that wasn't open to his suggestions, and hated being on the clock, so he's not what you'd call a 'career guy.' He was a newspaper boy at twelve years old and held a slew of totally unrelated jobs from then on that ran the gamut; PGA club pro, glass pipe salesman, bus boy, mattress factory laborer, HVAC installer, interior designer, step daddy, valet, landlord, property manager, bike messenger, cook and freelance artist. With the money he earned from these jobs he travelled to Brazil, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Thailand and Singapore. He was never broke and learned how to save money from his grandfather, who preceded him in death, James E. Kay Sr. of Dunbar, WV. Even as a child he never wanted a pet, but it turned out that an old dog taught him a new trick. For years, Jason took Sox, his insanely loyal and obedient greyhound, wherever he went until he died earlier this year. Jason is survived by his parents, John and Linda Kay of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; his brother Justin and nephew Preston of Lake Worth, Florida; sisters Johnna of Reynoldsburg, and Laura Caruthers and her son Sammy of Waco, Texas, and a slew of friends in Colorado that will miss him dearly. Jason found his spiritual self over the last decade of his life in eastern meditation and by creating art that expressed his deep concerns with the world. In his words, "I do exactly what I want every day of my life. What could be better?" Memorial service 6:00 PM Tuesday August 23, 2016 at the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Please visit his website, jasonekay.com , to view his artwork, in lieu of flowers please make donations in his name to the . Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
Published in Longmont Times-Call on Aug. 21, 2016
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