Jay Wilford Daly, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, uncle, and friend passed peacefully at home on Monday, June 12, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. His wife, Carolyn Condie Daly was at his side.
He was the son of LaVern and Ovilla Daly, born December 22, 1935, in St. George, Utah.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rhea Drage Daly; parents, brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom (Amelia), Arthur (Delna), Frank (Cathy), and Joe; and daughters-in-law Cathy and Pam.
Jay is survived by his wife, Carolyn Condie Daly; sister, Eleanor Dean Salm Rude; and sister-in-law, Elaine; and his children, Sandy (Richard Waddoups), Bryan Stone-Daly, Mike Daly, Dan Daly, and Nicole Daly. He had 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
He was raised in Richfield, Utah and attended Richfield High School. He was popular with his classmates and was elected senior class president. He played the saxophone in the high school band. He graduated from Richfield High, Brigham Young University (BA), and University of Utah (MA).
He married Rhea Drage July 22, 1960, and they were later sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple. They raised five children Sandy, Bryan, Mike, Dan, and Nichole.
He taught at Stoker Elementary, Meadowbrook Elementary, Clearfield Jr. High, Millcreek Jr. High, and Clearfield Job Corps Center. He also taught GED at the Davis County Jail at night. He was a favorite teacher wherever he taught. He was known for his sense of humor, which enhanced his teaching effectiveness.
He loved his country and served in the 222 Battalion of the Utah National Guard in Richfield and Provo, Utah.
He was known for his kindness. He went out of his way to express his gratitude to others including car mechanics, grocery store clerks, and health care workers by giving them donuts and candy. His wit and expressions of gratitude won their friendship.
While he worked at Job Corps he got along well with his boss, Carolyn Condie. They were married and sealed in the Bountiful Temple, February 14, 2004.
He loved the Lord and the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a voracious reader of the Book of Mormon, especially in his later life. He served in various church calling in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including six years as a temple ordinance worker in the Bountiful Temple and three years in the Ogden Temple. Jay and Carolyn served together for 1 ½ years teaching English to non-English speaking people as church service missionaries. They also hosted full-time missionaries in their home for two years.
Jay enjoyed traveling with Carolyn to Jordan, Israel, and Egypt, church history sites, and Spain twice to visit with their dear friends, Vanessa Tejedor Perez and Angel Mayobre and their extended family. Jay also enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, fishing, camping, and four-wheeling. He was an avid hunter-both bird and big game. He loved dogs and had hunting dogs: Rowdy #1, Rowdy #2, Rowdy #3, etc., and finally a dog named Katie.
He was quick-witted and people loved Jay and were drawn to him. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 16, 2023, at the Legacy Park Stake Center, 2024 South 1475 West, Syracuse, Utah 84075. Friends and relatives can visit the family Thursday evening, June 15, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Lindquist’s Syracuse Mortuary, 869 South 2000 West, Syracuse, Utah, and Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Stake Center. Interment will take place at the Syracuse City Cemetery, 1250 South 1000 West, Syracuse, Utah.
Services will be live-streamed and available by scrolling to the bottom of Jay’s obituary at www.lindquistmortuary.com.