Jay Andersen

Jay Andersen

Jay Clare Andersen, 84, Richfield, peacefully passed away in his home March 18, 2020. Jay was born July 16, 1935, in Tremonton. He graduated from Blackfoot High School in Blackfoot, Idaho, and attended one year of schooling at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission. Upon returning from his mission, he married Shana Kay Holt in the Idaho Falls temple. They were blessed with five children.

Jay was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served in many different capacities. He served as elder’s quorum president, a member of the high council, bishop, bishop’s counselor and in many other callings.

Later in life, he served with his wife as a public affairs missionary in the Philippines, a Church Education System missionary locally, and as a missionary in historic Kirtland, and in the Independence, Missouri Mission. He also served as an ordinance worker in the Manti temple.

Professionally, Jay sold Caterpillar equipment for Wheeler Machinery for 40 years. He loved working with and serving the contractors of Southern Utah. He was a member of the Zions Bank Area Board and the Sevier Valley Hospital Board. 

Jay was very active in civic service. He was the Richfield City manager, served on the city council and served one term as mayor. Jay was a firm believer in the city’s motto at the time, “People Serving People” and he called on the citizens of the city to serve one another to make the city greater. He was quoted in The Richfield Reaper, “I really enjoy riding around with my wife, Shana, and seeing trimmed trees, clean streets, old buildings torn down, clean vacant lots, fresh paint, and know it wasn’t done with taxpayers’ money.” Instead, it was done by people serving people.

Jay enjoyed fishing, gardening and working in his woodshop. He had a love for people and treated everyone he met as a friend. 

The family would like to express sincere gratitude and appreciation for the time and support given by caregivers at Zion’s Way and Hospice, and for the many kindnesses and help from friends and neighbors who went above and beyond to make our lives easier. Also a thanks to the emergency responders, police and EMTs for their help.

He is survived by his wife, Shana Kay Andersen, Richfield; his children, JaNae Akre, Saratoga Springs; Scott (Jill) Andersen, Golden, Colorado; Alan (Sydney) Andersen, Mantua; Steve (Natascha) Andersen, Spring Hill, Tennessee; and Jeff (Tiffany) Andersen, Richfield; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brother, Ferron (Stenna) Andersen, Orem; sister, Jeanine (Lynn)Mickelsen, Ammon, Idaho; and sister-in-law, Kathy Andersen, Pocatello, Idaho.

He is preceded in death by his siblings, Rowayne (Marilyn) Andersen, Spencer Kent Andersen, Linda (Ferris) Wright and Harlow Andersen.

In lieu of flowers or donations and to honor Jay’s life, please find someone in need and share something you have with them.

Private funeral services for family and close friends were held Tuesday in the Springer Turner Funeral Home Chapel, with Scott Andersen (son) conducting. 

The invocation was given by Steve Andersen (son).

The prelude and postlude music was provided by Steve Andersen (son).

Musical selections included “I Am A Child Of God” by the grandchildren and a congregational hymn of “Have I Done Any Good In The World Today” accompanied by Steve Andersen with Tiffany Andersen as chorister.

Life experiences were given by Layne Riddle, Ken Bishop spoke and the grandchildren shared memories of grandpa.

Closing remarks were provided by Scott Andersen (son) and the benediction was offered by Jeff Andersen (son). 

Pallbearers included Scott Andersen, Alan Andersen, Steve Andersen, Jeff Andersen, Braden Andersen, Boston Andersen, Konner Andersen and Keaton Andersen.

Honorary pallbearers included Troy Higby, Jack Miller, Devin Westover, DevinLarsen, Jay D. Andersen, Taran Andersen and Kai Higby.

Interment was in the Richfield City Cemetery.

The dedicatory prayer was provided by Scott Andersen (son). 

Online guestbook at springerturner.com.