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Leggett, Jay Michael

Jay Michael Leggett, age 50, of Los Angeles, CA, and formerly of Tomahawk, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 23, 2013. Jay was born August 9, 1963, in Tomahawk, WI, to Jack and Judy (Hildebrand) Leggett.

Jay grew up in Tomahawk where he attended St. Mary's Catholic School and first launched his entertainment career while singing in the choir. He graduated from Tomahawk High School in 1981 and throughout his high school career, he was active in the drama and music departments and was a member of the "Colanhi Singers" based at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk. In his senior year, he was the recipient of the Tomahawk Community Youth of the Year Award for leadership excellence. After his high school graduation, Jay attended college at UW-Stevens Point, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. He then began his lifelong pursuit in the entertainment industry. Jay's early career included working in Chicago, learning improvisational comedy under Del Close at the Improv Olympic. He was also a member of the Blue Velveeta Comedy Team, where he further honed his improvisational comedy skills. Jay's work brought him to New York, London and Toronto among other cities, and in 1993, he settled in Los Angeles, California. He shared his love for improvisational comedy by teaching others through workshops and courses at venues large and small for more than 15 years.

Jay was an accomplished television and film actor, director, producer and screenwriter. Early in his career, he wrote stage shows such as "Tony and Tina's Wedding", "Tony and Tony's Wedding", and more recently, he directed the revival of "National Lampoon's Lemmings." Jay also appeared in numerous TV programs including "In Living Color," "Mario and the Mob," "Ally McBeal," "ER," "Star Trek Voyager," "Factory," and "The Drew Carey Show." He wrote, costarred, and produced several films including "Employee of the Month," which was a selection to the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, and co-wrote the film "Without a Paddle". In 2010, Jay produced and directed a documentary titled "To the Hunt," which gave viewers a look into the hunting culture through the stories of several different hunting shacks in Lincoln County.

Jay was a voracious reader, talented cook, avid hunter who enjoyed spending time with his family at the hunting shack. His culinary skills surfaced for many years at the AZ/WI/NV Snowbirds Picnic where he was well known for his venison fondue. Every year for Thanksgiving at his hunting shack, he prepared the Thanksgiving meal for numerous family and friends. Jay was a dedicated Green Bay Packer fan and everyone that really knew him would tell you he had Green and Gold running through his veins. But most of all, Jay adored his hometown of Tomahawk, sharing his voice with the congregation of St. Mary's Catholic Church whenever he could, and spending time with family and friends.

Jay is survived by his parents, Jack and Judy Leggett, of Tomahawk; 2 brothers, Joseph (with Jan Omernik) Leggett, of Tomahawk and Josh (Karla) Leggett, of Oshkosh. He is further survived by his two special godchildren, Justin Leggett and Miranda Leggett; nephews, Jordan Leggett and Jack Leggett; and his godmother, Roberta Meyer. Jay is further survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jerod Leggett, and his grandparents, Worlen and May Leggett and Edward and Muriel Hildebrand.

A Memorial Mass for Jay Leggett will be held Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 1:00 P.M. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tomahawk. Rev. John Anderson will officiate. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 11:00 A.M. until the time of Mass at 1:00 P.M. Generations Funeral Home and Crematory of Tomahawk is assisting the family with arrangements. View obituary and leave online condolences at In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the St. Mary's Legacy Campaign.

Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Nov. 26, 2013
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