Jay Allen Schneider, age 91, passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at home in Taylorsville, Utah.
He was born in Bancroft, Idaho, on Aug. 16, 1931, to Luella Barfuss and Joseph Burdett Schneider. He moved to Salmon, Idaho, when 4 years old and lived there until age 11. His family then moved to Ogden, Utah, and then to Clinton, Utah. Jay spent much of his youth working on the family farms.
Jay graduated from Davis High School. He attended Weber College, studying auto mechanics and earning high honors at commencement. He later attended Utah Technical College (now Salt Lake Community College), where he did the coursework to become a journeymen electrician. Jay served in the Utah National Guard and Army Reserve for nine years.
He served as a Latter-day Saint missionary in the Swiss-Austrian Mission. One of the many people he met while serving was Rosmarie Brunold, a newly baptized convert. Rosmarie was making arrangements to emigrate to America, where she settled in Orem, Utah. After his mission, Jay and Rosmarie dated and then married a year later in the Salt Lake Temple, on Aug. 30, 1957. They were blessed with five children: David, Judy, Glen (Alexandra), Ronald, and Thomas (Melissa). Jay and Rosmarie lived in Taylorsville for most of their married life. Rosmarie died Aug. 2, 2016.
Jay worked for more than 30 years in various positions with Utah Power & Light Co., the last 20 as a journeyman electrician. Jay was a mechanical genius and could fix just about anything. For many years he refused to buy newer cars - with their computerized components - because he couldn't by himself fix anything and everything in a newer car. He was a marvelous handyman who blessed his family with his talents.
His favorite forms of recreation were hiking, camping, fishing, and backpacking - which he did first with his father, and then with his children and grandchildren.
Jay served faithfully in various callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his life, often as an invaluable worker in behind-the-scenes positions. Callings included stake clerk, ward clerk, region extraction (genealogy) coordinator, Scout committee chairman, Scoutmaster, meetinghouse librarian, and elders quorum presidency counselor.
Jay was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sisters Leona Hoopes and Elda Terry; brother Dee; grandson Scott Allen; and daughter-in-law Carma Schneider. He is survived by his five children; and by 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and sister Norma Bell.
A viewing will be held at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 S. Redwood Road, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. at the mortuary. Interment will follow at Valley View Memorial Park, 4400 West 4100 South, West Valley City. Please click on the link if you would like to participate virtually in the Funeral Service.https://vimeo.com/event/