Jay was born October 28, 1958 in Lafayette, Indiana to
Charles and Martha (Hoste) Davis. He married Kristie Jo Owen on September
22, 1995 in Colorado Springs, Colorado where they were both stationed
at the Air Force Academy. Jay bravely fought colorectal cancer for about
3 years. He always had a positive attitude and a great sense of humor,
making Kristie laugh right up to the end.
Jay served 20 years in the United States Air Force, working
12 years as an environmental support specialist operating water and wastewater
treatment plants, then 8 years as an environmental manager of environmental
programs. He retired as a Master Sergeant in 2001. Jay was an avid motorcyclist
for over 25 years and was a motorcycle safety instructor while in the
Air Force. He was also a member of the Westfield American Legion.
"Jay was the sweetest and strongest person I have
ever known. He didn't know any strangers. When he first met some of my
friends they commented on how easy he was to get to know and that after
spending 5 minutes with him they felt like they knew him forever.
"We recently bought a boat and he just
loved being able to take it out. The dogs enjoyed it too. Jay
loved to fish."
"He has always had a dog in his life. Jay loved to play frisbee
with Sadie, our Chocolate Lab, and was just getting started playing
frisbee with Brindi, our red Border Collie, before he got so sick. Sadie
introduced us to the world of frisbee. Jay and I grew up with labs.
He is the only brother in his family that has ever had a cat (or cats).
He didn't think of Thomas as a cat, though. He always said Thomas was
just too cool to be a cat.
true soulmate, however, was Taylor, our Australian Shepherd who was also
diagnosed with cancer. Taylor and Jay were soul mates; he was his shadow.
As soon as Jay got up in the morning Taylor was on his heels ready to
follow him around. Sadly, Taylor joined Jay later that day.
"We were really lucky to have the animals we had
and that it was really special that they all get along so wonderfully.
Both of us found it odd that people have animals that don't get along
like ours do."
The following individuals and groups have made contributions
to GLBCR in Jay's memory:
Bluegrass Area Disc Dogs/Margaret
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Dotson
Thomas and Karen Duncan
Cayla in Honor of Scott
Patricia Riley Dale & Linda Ward
Kelly & Emily Hrenchir
Indiana Department of Environmental
Indianapolis Dog & Disc Club
Donald & Alice Lang
Betty Stitzle & Kerry McLain
Ron & Brenda Owen
Lester & Sue Pelfree & Family
Michael & Katrina Rogan
James & Carolyn Williams