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Jay Hansen

December 16, 1933 — March 1, 2019

Jay Hansen

Alton Jay Hansen, 85, passed away March 1, 2019 at his home in Preston, Idaho surrounded by his loving family. Jay was born December 16, 1933 to James Verl and Hilda Bishop (Sullivan) Hansen. He grew up on the family farm in Fairview, graduated from Preston High School and soon after served a mission to Helsinki, Finland for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He married Gayle Gregersen July 18, 1958 in the Logan LDS Temple and they became the parents of six daughters and one son.

Although Jay worked at Thikol in Tremonton, Utah for much of his life, the family lived in Preston because he didn’t want to give up his Idaho hunting and fishing license. He was an avid sportsman and relished the many hunting, fishing and camping trips he took with family and friends.

Not only was Jay an excellent hunter, he was also very athletic. He spent many years playing and officiating ball games.

Jay was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in a variety of callings. After he retired, he and his wife served together in the Leeds, England Mission and as officiators in the Logan Temple.

Family was extremely important to Jay. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and loved to attend sporting, performing and other special events involving family members.

Jay is survived by his wife of 60 years; Gayle Hansen, daughters;  Gaylynn Sears, Vicky (Claude) Gittins, Debbie (& the late Kent) Griffeth, Shelley (Scott) Davis, Tami (Richard) Rindlisbaker, Teresa (Brandon) Shaffer, son; Shane Hansen, sister;  Helen Green, 30 grandchildren;  22 great grandchildren;  and 1 great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents in law; Ernest & Gwen Gregersen, son- in-law Kent Griffith; great granddaughter Mariah Lindsey; 5 brothers; Arland, Melvin, Samuel, Demar, Clair and 2 sisters;  LuJean Tripp, and Hilda Christiansen.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 11:00 in the Preston South Stake Center, 55 East 1st South, Preston, Idaho.  There will be a viewing Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the church and  from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Preston cemetery.

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