Jay Lewis Diamond, 89 of Springville, Utah passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 30, 2016.
Jay was born in Springville on January 13, 1927 to Lewis Burton and Violet Moulton Diamond. Jay married his sweetheart, Shirley Allan on March 10, 1948. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple September 20, 1950. They enjoyed 59+ years of marriage before Shirley passed away on March 1, 2008.
Jay served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He worked as a brick mason for 47 years for Child Enterprises. He worked on many projects over the years including restoration work on several temples and the Hotel Utah.
Jay enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and spending time with his family and friends. He was a great storyteller and entertained the grandkids with many tales. He always had a project going and could fix anything.
His grandsons remember his sharp whiskers and knuckle sandwiches. They also remember the many things they learned from him by the way he lived his life and especially how he treated others.
Jay spent a lot of time helping his parents and his in-law’s, Wilbur and Leona Allan. While Shirley was so sick, Jay spent every moment taking care of her.
He was a member of the American Legion and the Joie de Vivre (enjoyment of life) Club.
He is survived by his children: Linda (Lyn) Joles of Idaho; David Diamond of Springville; and Allison Leslie of Aubrey, TX; 12 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers: Bilss Diamond of Orange, CA; Verl (Joan) Diamond of Roy, UT; and Lynn (Linda) Diamond of Fountain Valley, CA; his sister, JoAnn Barlow of Bountiful, UT; and sisters-in-law: Margee Allan of Springville, UT and Toni Diamond of St. David, AZ.
Jay was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; brother, Dale; brothers-in-law: Calvin Allan, Paul Allan and Bob Barlow; sisters-in-law, Lori Diamond and RaVae Allan; son-in-law, Tim Leslie; and great-granddaughter, Destiny Joles.
Friends and family may call Friday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 E. 200 S. in Springville. Graveside services will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the Historic Springville City Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion.
Jay Diamond was a one of a kind man – a role model for all men.