Obituary photo of Jay Martin, Casper-WY
In Loving Memory of

Jay Leon Martin

1943 - 2022
Obituary photo of Jay Martin, Casper-WY
In Loving Memory of

Jay Leon Martin

1943 - 2022

Services & Gatherings

Services & Gatherings

Memorial Service:
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 11:00am
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2627 E 7th Street, Casper, WY 82609
Jay Leon Martin was born June 25, 1943 in Denver, Co. He left this life on June 13, 2022.

Jay was a devoted Husband, Father, Teacher and Coach who loved people and loved teaching others how to be happy.

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was known for going to fishing holes that had been “fished out,” and coming home with the total limit. Amazing!

Jay served in the Utah National Guard, where he became a Captain and was an expert using the M1 rifle and was an “Arty Surveyor,” or artillery boss. His unit was B-Battery 1st Battalion 140th Artillery. Jay served from 25th February, 1964-24 February, 1970.

Jay was a devoted school teacher and received his college degree from Utah State University and earned a Masters from the University of Wyoming in Special Education. He began his teaching career in Trona, CA for his first 11 years. He spent most of his career in the Natrona County School District, where he served for 17 years. He was a a leader among men, and his students adored his funny personality and willingness to always help. He would help with just about anything. He started many clubs and coached football, gymnastics, tennis and baseball just to name a few.

Jay was devoted to serving his fellow men and teaching them how to do the same. He was a rescue diver for the Natrona County Sheriffs Office, and was an Instructor/Trainer for that team. At one time during this service to his community, he is remembered having been outside with his son playing catch when a call came to the house for Jays help in a rescue dive. He immediately ran into the house and came back out with his dive gear and was off within seconds of the call. He was always ready and always there.

Jay was a part time Sheriffs deputy who loved working special events, including the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo. Jay was a paramedic in San Bernardino, CA, and also Search and Rescue for Inyo County, CA (Death Valley). Jay served as a tour guide for white water rafting on the Kern River in Kern County, CA.

As life progressed, Jay became the father and Dad of 10 children and a devoted grandfather of 24 and loved spending time with everyone. He was always full of love and humor and never said a demeaning word about, or to anyone. He was constantly seeking opportunities to take his grandchildren fishing and to live those experiences of their first catch with them. With so many children and grandchildren, he would often set up each child’s fishing pole and by the time the last kids pole was in finally ready in the water he was called back to another child to untangle another or help reel in someone else’s. Come to think about it, it’s possible he never even put in a pole for himself.

Jay loved sports. Football, Baseball, Tennis, Gymnastics and Boxing are all things he coached and excelled at. It mattered not to him what the sport was, he was right in the middle of the action helping athletes improve on their skills and confidence. He was well known to go to his children and grandchildren’s sporting events and help the coaches from the sidelines and to even coach his kids through any struggle they were experiencing. He is remembered for attending every baseball game, sitting in the front corner of the bleachers, by the dugout, and whispering words of encouragement, always helping. He never had a hard word to say to those he coached. He spent countless hours in backyard with his kids playing catch, teaching flips on the trampoline while burning meat on the grill.

Jay was never afraid to learn new things to become a better coach and when he coached gymnastics at Natron County High School, and his athletes would walk off the floor or any other events with frustration, he would help and comfort them by enveloping them in his notorious “bear hugs” and the safety of his stature. He never dwelled on their short comings or misgivings and he knew these hugs were a way to help his athletes move on with confidence and trust in him.

W7DRJ was how Jay was known in the amateur radio world where he achieved “EXPERT” class. He loved HAM Radio and the potential with which they operated. He was constantly tinkering, building, recording, transmitting, and speaking with people all over the world. He was Emergency Radio Technician/Communicator for the American Red Cross. He served as Civil Air Patrol King 4 Emergency Communicator
He loved building bigger and better antennas which gave him the capability to reach anywhere in the world. His one desire with the HAM radios was that his children would have the same interest and he was anxious to teach them.

He spent his life in the service of others and he wanted nothing more than to improve the quality of life of his family and the people around him. He dedicated years of his life to make a difference in the community for those who are suffering. When he took over Joshua’s Storehouse, it was on the brink of destruction. Jay brought this organization back to life to be one of the most prominent and successful non-profit organizations in the city of Casper. Jay took to heart the needs of others and made it his life mission to help others in any capacity he could. The concept of improving lives ran through the center of everything he did. He was not selfish by any definition.

Just like with Joshua’s Storehouse, Jay had the Midas touch and developed a winning program for the Special Olympics of Wyoming after which he became the director of. Jay was an originator of the Festival of Trees that brought profits to Special Olympics of Wyoming. He had a special place in his heart for children with special needs and desired them to feel the same pride and success anyone else would get from their experiences with sports. He believed in empowering these athletes and to provide them with opportunities they might not otherwise have. Through this work, Jay hoped to make the world a better, more joyful place and knew that those with disabilities were the key. Jay would always help the underdog and loved those students others did not. He lit the fire and passion in the hearts of others to join this cause for the same reasons.

While his children were young, Jay spent many of his days working with, and volunteering his time, to the American Red Cross to help save lives. No matter the weather conditions, Jay was always lending a helping hand. He assisted in search and rescue events in coordinating their rescue efforts and communications as well as supplies in order to enable the search and rescue success. While with the American Red Cross, Jay taught First Aid and CPR and loved knowing this skill would help to save countless lives for years to come.

Jay was a marvelous story teller and was always telling fantastic stories that were in fact… true. “If I told you all the things I’ve done, you would say I was lying”. He is truly a great man who had the shoulders of a giant. He will be missed greatly by all who had the blessing of his presence.

Jay is survived by his loving eternal companion Lynn, 10 children; Teri (Shell) Martin, Jason (Sherri) Martin, Heidi (Ron) Maxwell, Nathon (Jessica) Martin, Heather (Kurt) Edwards, Chris (Michelle) Martin, Sean (Heather) Smith, Brianna (Cory) Anderson, Niccolos Martin, Patrick (Nikki) Martin, as well as 24 grandchildren; LilyAnn, Colby, Justin, Chandler, Ellori, Mathias, Izack, Trevor, Taylor, Libby, Sidney, Merlot, Cameron, Gabriel, Liam, Owen, Colin, Broc, Brynner, Braelyn, Lathon, Jeremiah, McKay, Charlotte and Jonah.

Newcomer Cremations, Funerals, and Receptions in Casper, Wyoming is entrusted with the arrangements.

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Services & Gatherings

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Memorial Service:
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 11:00am
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2627 E 7th Street, Casper, WY 82609

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