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Alvin Lavoy Kay

April 23, 1932 — December 23, 2017

One Of The Good Guys Alvin Lavoy Kay passed away on 23-Dec-2017 from heart failure while recovering from a recent surgery. Al was born at home in Mona, Utah, on 23-Apr-1932. He was the eldest son of Fern Bushman and Albert Kay. His first years of education were at the Mona Elementary, a one room school house with three grades. He graduated from Juab High in Nephi, Utah, where he faithfully attended LDS Seminary and received the Charles Foote Award for being the outstanding student in his class. After graduating in 1950, he attended Utah State Agriculture College on a scholarship. Al had a very keen mind and took extra History and Religion classes. He never stopped learning and knew much about many things. Due to finances, though, he had to leave college when his scholarship ended. He was subsequently drafted at the age of 19 and served in Korea from 1952-54. After his army service, he worked for Thermoid Rubber Company until he was hired by Standard Oil and transferred to California. He later attended and graduated from Woodbury College in Los Angeles, California, with a major in Accounting and Business Management. While attending college, he started working for the Knudsen Creamery Company in accounting. When he graduated, he returned back to Standard Oil and was promoted to manager, making him the youngest person ever to be made manager. It was in LA, in 1963, that he met Claudette Binns. He was introduced to Claudette by her sister, Diane, and after a short courtship they were married on 17-Jul-1964. Claudette later joined the Church and they were sealed in the L.A. Temple. They moved to Goleta in 1969 and then to Utah in 1980 to go into business for himself with his older sons selling auto parts. Later, he left the business and went to work for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, which he retired from in 1996. Al's retirement, though, lasted only four months because it wasn't long before he got jobs at various places. His final job started in 1999 when he became a crossing guard for West Jordan City. He loved the kids and continued to work as a guard until injury forced him to retire for the last time in 2012 at the age of 80. Together, Al and Claudette raised three sons and were Indian Student Placement parents to Jolson Benally for four years. He loved his family and all children and had a soft spot in his heart for animals there was never a Dachshund he could resist. Al was generous to a fault with his family and it was his pleasure to help anyone else that he could. He seemed like a quiet man but once he knew you his sense of humor took over and his characteristic good-natured teasing would begin. His sense of humor was never ending and loved to laugh. Underneath it all, he was a good soul with a tender heart. He was also an avid collector of coins and stamps and could spend hours tinkering with guns. Al was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held the office of High Priest at the time of his death. He was instrumental in the baptism of many others although he never had the chance to serve a "mission." He held numerous callings but he loved primary and served from senior Primary to Nursery co-leader with Claudette. It's not clear who enjoyed the nursery more: the children or Al (especially snack time). As a couple, Al and Claudette served as Temple Workers in the Jordan River Baptistery and Sealing Rooms. They also served together to support the Legacy Care Center. Beyond these callings, Al served faithfully in Sunday School (Councilor & Secretary), Elders Quorum (Councilors & Secretary), High Priest Group (Advisors, Secretary, & Instructor), Bishop's Executive Secretary, Activities Chairman, Stake Missionary, and Ward Librarian. Al will be missed by his family and those who knew and loved him. We will miss his well-timed, but sometime inappropriate, jokes. We will also miss the vast reserve of random knowledge that he possessed. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Norman, (at age 15); and his placement son (Jolson). He is survived by his wife of 53 years; brother Neil; his three sons Steven, Robert (Cathy), and Norman (Renae); ten grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 5, 2018, 12:00 noon at the Westbrook 3rd Ward, 6500 South Dixie Drive, where viewings will be held Thursday, January 4th, 5:30-8:00 p.m. and prior to services on Friday from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Interment, West Jordan City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Al asked that a donation be made to the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, a no-kill humane society for animals. Place of Birth: Mona, UtahPlace of Death: West Jordan, Utah
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