Our loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend Jay Kevin Dexter (68) passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2022, due to Covid pneumonia. He was surrounded by love at his passing.
He was born January 9, 1954 in Vernal, Utah to Jack and June (Wright) Dexter. His family moved to Minnesota when he was about 5 years old. Jay held a variety of jobs throughout his life including lumberyards, maintenance, Idaho Falls police, corrections officer. His career was in mental health/social work. He graduated from Lewis Clark State College. He earned a Master Degree in Social Work at Walla Walla College. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served in the North Western States mission.
Jay was married several times but he married his soulmate, Marilyn Duke, on November 21, 2018. They enjoyed a full 3 years with each other.
Jay was an excellent artist winning blue ribbons at fairs and events. He could make almost anything out of wood. He was a great handy man and could fix or repair anything. When he worked on a project, he usually ended up going to Home Depot several times for items. It wasn’t a Dexter project unless it included multiple trips to Home Depot.
Jay enjoyed carpentry, oil painting, water color painting, and serving others. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, and traveling with Marilyn.
He is preceded in death by his parents Jack and June Dexter. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn. Children: Hiedi (Joe) Miller, Cassie (Eric) Secor, Jamie (Jefer) Farr, Jesse (Bree) Dexter, Denise Dexter (Tayler Martin) Grandchildren: Cody (Stephanie) Miller, Shelbie, Kayla and Jaron Miller; Coby Achey, Samantha (Heath) Pickering, Tyson and Olivia Achey; Annie, Tanner, Daisy, Wyatt, and Trigg Farr; Wren and Kate Dexter; Ryelynn Martin (due in February). Great-grandaughter: Marlee Miller. Stepchildren: Josh, Andrew and Min Tuttle.
The funeral will be at the Rose Park North Stake (south end) at 1155 North 1200 West, Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, January 28, at 11:00 a.m. There will be a viewing starting at 10:00 a.m. He will be buried at Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 East 4850 South, Murray, Utah.
For those that can’t make it, Zoom will be available. The id code is: 828 1207 5280.
We would like to thank the nurses and doctors at LDS Hospital for taking care of him while in the ICU.